Light moments in Ma's farewell video

President Ma Ying-jeou attends a local designing awards ceremony in Taipei on Apr 21, 2016.
President Ma Ying-jeou attends a local designing awards ceremony in Taipei on Apr 21, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Outgoing Kuomintang President Ma Ying-jeou took potshots at himself in a light- hearted video that went viral yesterday, two days before he hands over the reins of power to President-elect Tsai Ing- wen of the Democratic Progressive Party.

In the 3min 46sec video clip which was uploaded onto Mr Ma's Facebook page, he shared some of the comments that netizens have left on his page since it was set up in 2010.

"Some of them are constructive feedback on policies while there are others that have left me bemused," he said.

These included nicknames he had earned over the years such as "death grip", referring to how shaking hands with Mr Ma brings bad luck, and "jellyfish with a horse head", which refers to how he has been perceived as a weak leader.

Besides the tongue-in-cheek comments, Mr Ma also bade farewell and thanked his online supporters.

"My eight-year presidency is coming to an end. We have fought this beautiful battle together but we will have many more challenges to face. I will continue to care for Taiwan, care for everyone and care for our homeland. Let's fight on to make Taiwan a better place," he said.

The video drew more than 3.4 million views, 251,000 likes and more than 26,400 comments at press-time.

One of them read: "Great to see that you are back in your own element! Take care and stay away from the evil of politics."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2016, with the headline 'Light moments in Ma's farewell video'. Print Edition | Subscribe