New Singapore Kindness Movement series warns of perils of bad behaviour being exposed by citizen snoop site STOMP

The Singapore Kindness Movement, a group set up to encourage Singaporeans to be behave more courteously in public, has released a new video series called Awkward Ah Seng, featuring a well meaning but flawed character whose attempts to be kind go awry.

In the fifth episode, Ah Seng attempts to help an elderly man with his heavy groceries a little too vigorously. His endeavours end up on STOMP, Singapore’s notorious citizen journalism snoop site, and other social media. The film, titled ‘Hey, you’re STOMP-ed’ ends with the words, “Big news on social media? Double check first lah!”

Episode one is called ERP – instead of standing for Singapore’s famous Electronic Road Pricing scheme, the acronymn means Excessive Road Punk, a reference to wayward behaviour while riding a bicycle.

The second episode features the awkward protagonist giving a lesson on sharing with others when he leaves his apartment block for a game of basketball in the play area downstairs. The film finishes with the line, ‘Don’t kanchiong lah’, which means don’t be nervous.

Episode three, called ‘Good intentions’, features the well meaning but hapless hero attempt to get to know his neighbours who have just moved into his block.

The fourth video, called ‘Copycat syndrome’, warns of the effect bad manners can have on children. It ends with the line, “Mind your manners lah!”

The final film highlights how Singaporeans could do less complaining about any clean they see, and clean it up themselves rather than wonder where an “uncle” or “auntie” is to do it for them.


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