WATCH OUT FOR MCI A video of Singapore’s Hari Raya has gone viral on social media: The Hari Raya Video from Singapore’s Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) is now trending on the internet. The Singapore authorities took down the video after receiving widespread criticism and online outcry. According to a recent report, the MCI indicated that it had deleted or pulled down a Hari Raya film to “prevent controversy and conflict” during the festival period in response to internet outcry claiming the video stereotypes the Malay population and damages their sentiments. MCI responded to CNA’s questions on Sunday, May 1st, 2022, with a spokeswoman saying that the ministry has taken note of the public’s feedback on the film titled Messages for Syawal.
WATCH: MCI Singapore Hari Raya Video Goes Viral On Social Media
It is presented in Malay with English subtitles. “At its heart, the video was about the journey of a resilient family facing challenging circumstances, and how mutual support and motivation could nurture the process,” the ministry said. We recognise that the meanings derived from any creative work are subjective. While the majority of Muslim/Malay viewers, including those who saw it before it was released, found the story to be very moving, some expressed reservations.”
The Hari Raya festival, according to MCI, “should first and foremost be a chance to recognise what connects us together as communities.” We decided to pull the video in order to avoid further debate and controversy at this time.” The MCI, on the other hand, did not specify when the video was posted and then removed, nor how many people saw it.
Messages For Syawal Video
The 212-minute movie was shared across several Gov.sg social media outlets ahead of Hari Raya Puasa on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022. A Malay family in financial distress was highlighted in the video. On April 28, 2022, it was also shared on the Our Tampines Hub Facebook page as “an uplifting story focused on the concept of socioeconomic mobility and embedded on lyrical and familiar Malay proverbs.”
“The message is about assisting tenants proceed on to homeownership, education support (Uplift), and the importance of dual-earning households while weaving in virtues like determination and resilience,” according to the movie description. Veteran actor Johan Jaafar, who works as a mover and his wife is a housewife, plays the father in the video. Syawal, his little son, is too embarrassed to welcome his friends to the family’s rented flat.
Later, the son skips school to distribute fliers and earn additional money. When his parents learn of it, his mother decides to return to work, and his father accepts a new position. Many government programmes are shown in the movie, including the Uplift scheme, which helps youngsters from low-income families stay in school, and grants to help rental flat occupants purchase a Housing Board flat.