If our ministers spoke in Singlish, would they be able to connect with the people better? This little 'minister' Dr. Jiajia demonstrates what it would be like.
On a YouTube channel titled 'Singlish lor', this six-year-old boy and his 'big bludder' have uploaded a series of videos on Singlish-related humour. In this latest video, they pose the question on whether it would be more effective if ministers were to address the public by speaking Singlish, and Dr. Jiajia pretends to be a minister addressing some of the latest issues in Singapore.
For instance, when discussing the recent MRT breakdowns, Dr. Jiajia exclaimed: "Pai seh, very pai seh. When MRT breaks down, really can die! We have tried our best to prevent this, so it is not we boh hui (don't care). It is not we bo chup (don't care)."
With regards to the Orchard road flooding, he said: "I know what you are thinking. Can the government more steady tum poh (little bit)? The answer is yes, our track record is always steady pom pee pee (whistling). It is the sky boh pang (don't give) chance, not the zhen hu (government) boh zho kang (never do work). I know the barriers buay zai liao (not steady anymore). Sorry this time we lau kwee (embarrassed)."
The little 'minister' ended his speech by saying, "Steady boh (or not)?"
STOMPer qtpi shared:
"This little boy is really adorable!
"How is it that he already knows so many Hokkien and Singlish phrases as such a young age?
"But in response to the question that they posed, I do not think ministers should speak to the people in Singlish.
"While it will be amusing, it will make them look rather unprofessional and it would be difficult to take them seriously.
"Nevertheless, the video was a good laugh!"
Check out Dr. Jiajia's other videos on their YouTube channel