The government’s cringeworthy courtship of vlogger Nuseir Yassin tells us they only hear what they want to hear

Give us the good stuff and we will embrace you like a friend, companion and comrade.

First, he was seen hanging out at a cafe with Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan. Then, days later, he went on a stroll with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at Gardens by the Bay.

All because Nuseir Yassin, creator of the video series, Nas Daily, has been effusive in his praise of Singapore. He has not disappointed the Singapore government with his latest video which features a cameo appearance by PM Lee, saying:

Hi, I’m the Prime Minister. This is what we have been building in Singapore for 53 years and will be building it for many more years to come.

As can be expected, the mainstream media was rapturous.

The gushing headline in TODAY: “Singapore an ‘almost perfect country,’ says travel vlogger Nas Daily.”

While The Straits Times bellowed: “Nas Daily vlogger on Singapore: If they can solve so many problems in 53 years, then why can’t we?”

Really, really good stuff, as far as the government is concerned.

The question is, where else do you find politicians taking precious time off solving the country’s problems to hobnob with the vlogger of a travel series?

We know what happened to scores of foreign journalists whose reporting on Singapore were less than positive. No politician, it is safe to say, ever invited them for tea.

The message clearly is: we only want to hear the good stuff, we only want to hear what we want to hear!

It smacks of the story about the emperor’s new clothes. The emperor thinks he’s being feted – and fitted – with special, fabulous clothes that cannot be seen by people who are unfit and incompetent. But the emperor is actually only in his underwear. Everyone disbelieves what they are seeing, afraid to be seen as stupid and unfit, until a child innocently cries out: “The emperor has no clothes!” And suddenly, everyone realises that it’s just not them who are unfit and stupid.

 

Augustine Low

* The author is a proud but concerned citizen. Voicing independent, unplugged opinion is his contribution to citizen engagement.

 

 

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27 Responses to “The government’s cringeworthy courtship of vlogger Nuseir Yassin tells us they only hear what they want to hear”

  • Simple Evil Formula:

    Sycophant in action.
    It’s easy to get the break in Sillypore but you have to sell you soul and lie through your teeth.
    Highlight the ups and downplay the lows, and you will be warmly embraced by educated dumbfucks.

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  • Mothershit is prostitute:

    Partisanship guarantees bias and intellectual dishonesty.

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  • why bother with pap clown ???:

    pap clown lies to electorate, bullies own siblings, slaps own clan elder dhanabalan, and all manner of ownself pay ownself S$m schemes. a superstitious piece of shit who trusts in pink but when pink does not deliver now goes for blue, and perhaps later to blown or some such.

    not once is anything worthy, such as betterment of the welfare of majority citizens mentioned. not once is a good deed, such as air cond for B2/C class public hospital wards mentioned. not once are the policies that truly raise the median wage of citizens mentioned. not once are the schemes of taking care of jobless citizens mentioned.

    such a piece of shitty Lj. why bother with this pap clown?

    why not, instead, and far more meaningful, focus on Pakatan Singapura to topple the current rotten cronyistic nepotistic clown pap?

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  • hooooo:

    I am sure this NAS was paid for this publicity stunt to promote Singapore, he was everywhere and then he meets the guy who paid him to do this.

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  • Cheapskate:

    Degrading to any cheap advertisement…..kor kor Ti, like the pig on sexual musth!… have you seen it before?

    Pathetic!

    BTW, who pays for the vlogger logging and accommodation and expenses? Better check.

    Maybe nephew, cousin, Vrain brother in law or something like that… I avoid using the word neptism, you know what I mean.

    Anyway, unrealistic and cheap. Don’t even visit it, less to endorse the video

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  • The Other Hard Truths:

    Extremely disgusting ! Cheapskate ! Lelong ! Lelong !

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  • Bapak:

    Singapore has turned to become an empty vessel makes the most noise with beautiful skyscrapers but hollow inside.

    This vlogger should go shoot those empty shops at shopping centers in Orchard Road, senior citizens picking cardboard, mopping tables and food courts, selling tissue papers on roadside and PAP MPs sleeping in Parliament to the world.

    Both PM and vlogger has their own political agenda. His video is not worth a cent. Good to mislead foreigners.

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  • waste of time zzz:

    first look you already know this is a sponsored trip already.. if not how does he meet vivian and the d**honourable son? i wanted to meet these 2 chaps to complain about mrt breakdown for so long already also cannot..

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  • HarderTruths:

    70% love this story.

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  • Lim Tean Super:

    Lim Tean “Super Convincing” super Good, must watch;

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQtukncUmTw

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  • rukidding:

    Birds of feathers,…flocked together.

    That is why our Pesiadent is a “Milo” and our PeeM a “vlogger” ??

    Everything “thrives on self Masturbations” !

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  • fucqueupap:

    Aren’t you embarrassed with our naked emperor? I am, VERY! Even when naked, he has really nothing to show!

    It’s unbelievable we’re paying millions dollars to our ministers who are more interested in gaining publicity (like showbiz celebrities) than dealing with the country’s more serious issues.

    Much as I disliked lky, I’d never imagine LKY entertaining a Israel vlogger like the present PM did. Son is truly world apart from his father’s caliber.

    lky was often invited by big countries’ leaders for talks and to share his ideas. He gained international recognition for his achievements for sg. Contrarily, no leaders would bother to invite the useless son because he has done nothing to impress anyone. So, clueless and useless as he is, all he can do is to sell himself and sg to the world using pathetic ways?

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  • Ee:

    The govt is grasping at straws. How sad!

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  • Teo Ah Too:

    Good one Augustine. LHL is without clothes and people are telling Pinky he is resplendent.

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  • why suffered in silence:

    Our uniquely Singapore scores another first in the world. The only PEE M who deliberately devotes time to spend with a vlogger who showered him with praise that no country ever did.But he should be spending time pondering how to solve the endless problems created by his toxic regime.This blur and ignorant vlogger even claimed that the regime solved so many problems in 53 years but he was ignorant that the regime created more problems than they could solve especially under Pinky.However with the state media constant barage of sugar coated favourable news and articles, he cant be blamed for his misconception.Even our 70% sinkies could fall victim to the constant propaganda and fake news from the state media, let alone a foreign vlogger.Pinky Ownself praises ownself at his best, how pathetic.

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  • Asia is Authortarianism:

    They only hear the good news
    Emperor new clothes.
    Hopeless zombies ruled by law.

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  • YouAintSeenTheReality:

    As expected ,coming from an alien /foreigner…who only hears the good stuff and sees only the superficial surface.
    Mr Nasir,How about reporting about the homeless, the rising unemployment, the most expensive public housing thats becoming out of reach , lowest paid workers in a 1st world richest city?????

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  • Fake News:

    Nasir is too gullible lah.

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  • another:

    Looks like how Najib was desperately hiring Psy to boost his popularity .

    Looks like he is following Najibs descent into loss of power .

    https://youtu.be/_Em6mAuwW0Q

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  • Baffled:

    This guy is a pri#k. If you have seen his videos you’d know he’d bash Malaysia at every opportunity just because they wouldn’t let him in due to his nationality.

    He even tried to make it look like it’s Malaysia’s fault there is a Syrian defector stuck at KLIA 2 when that man man is to blame for refusing another offer the Malaysian government made to him.

    Then there’s his critisizm on how Malaysians drive in Singapore not realising Singaporeans who go over to Malaysia are worse drivers.

    At the rate he is going, he is going to sour our relations with Malaysia. He should tone down and behave instead of going around making enemies.

    Why does our government bring people like him in? What is his talent that we have to keep him?

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  • Tua Kee:

    How come he always like the OOer.
    Why OOer tua kee is it?

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  • With Me, For Me, For MyFamiLee:

    Just goes to show how desperate PAP leaders are in wanting to hear only the good stuffs. How ironic when almost half of the citizens are not proud to be a Singaporean according to a Yahoo poll.

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  • Bobo:

    It is human nature to think that the moon in foreign countries is much rounder than in their hometown. The Chinese said the cow doesn’t know the power of tiger and the birdie doesn’t know what is slingshot catapult for. Foreigners who are still thinking Singapore is a safe country of gold mine to stamp their roots with family are infact living in a tiger den like us.

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  • Anonymous incognito:

    Very simple NONE of the politicians have skin in the game. So of course all the problems they created don’t affect then and thus have lots of free time to cultivate a sychophantic vblogger.

    We need to constantly drop the hammer about their lack of skin in the game

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  • Sycophantic Rapture:

    There was this magnificent mathematical horse. You could teach it arithmetic, which it learned with no difficulty; algebra was a breeze; it could even prove theorems in euclidean geometry, but when you tried to teach it Analytic Geometry, it would rear back on its hind legs, kick ferociously neigh loudly and make violent head motions in resistance. The moral of this story is that you can’t put Descartes before the horse.

    NB: Analytic Geometry was independently invented by René Descartes and Pierre de Fermat, although Descartes is sometimes given sole credit.
    And of course guess who was it who proclaimed: “I think so I am!”

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  • Zorro:

    When somebody tell them the hard truth, they say it’s defamation. Then this bloke come and wax lyrical about them and they lapped it all up with no questions about his intention. Are our leaders so shallow and naive ?

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  • DOOMERANG:

    CLASSIC INDIAN PALESTINIAN ACT….

    BUT YES SINKINKUS ARE CRY BABIES

    KEEP VOTING PAP,A LAH

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