SINGAPORE - The People's Action Party (PAP) is standing by its youth wing, which has produced a video that has gone viral for all the wrong reasons.
It acknowledged the video's "raw and unpolished" quality, but thanked its activists for "their tireless work on the ground" in a Facebook post yesterday.
The five-minute video features Young PAP members, aged between 17 and 40, narrating their hopes for the party and Singapore. The video was supposed to be seen only by party members at last December's party convention. But it was uploaded on YouTube three weeks ago and, over the weekend, netizens ridiculed the members' "robotic recitations" of a prepared script.
The Media Development Authority told The Straits Times yesterday the video was exempted from the rules regulating political films. It was subsequently given a PG rating.
Several PAP politicians defended their young comrades.
Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said yesterday on the PAP's Facebook page that "though the video may be raw and unpolished (which it is), our activists' service and efforts are anything but that".
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