Ministers send CNY greetings on social media; MP Sun Xueling does her own voiceover in creative video

Pasir Ris-Punggol MP Sun Xueling did her own voiceover in a Chinese New Year video.
Pasir Ris-Punggol MP Sun Xueling did her own voiceover in a Chinese New Year video. PHOTO: SUN XUELING/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Instead of the obligatory Facebook greeting, Pasir Ris-Punggol MP Sun Xueling has wished Singaporeans happy Chinese New Year with a video that includes her own voiceover.

Ms Sun, 36, posted the clip on Saturday (Feb 6) afternoon, which contained images of peaches growing on trees and monkeys - perched on the branches - enjoying the fruits.

Narrating the video in both English and Mandarin, the new MP said: "The fruits we enjoy today were planted with an eye on the future.

"Let's keep sowing seeds now so future generations can benefit tomorrow."

Commentators were impressed by Ms Sun's effort, which was also shared by Deputy Prime Minister and fellow Pasir Ris-Punggol MP Teo Chee Hean, and praised her for an "innovative creative way of sharing happiness".

Facebook user Robson Lee said: "Lovely narration and what a nice voice."

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in a Facebook post on Sunday (Feb 7) morning, also wished Singaporeans a joyful and prosperous new year.

In his traditional Chinese New Year message, Mr Lee had assured Singaporeans that the Government was watching the uncertain global economic situation closely, but does not expect a severe downturn like the global financial crisis of 2008.

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan, meanwhile, chose to reserve special thanks for the service staff, maintenance crew and those working over the long weekend to keep Singapore's transport system "running safely and smoothly". 

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen also wished for Singaporeans' vitality to climb even higher in the new year.

"We toss for good fortune, health and love to bless our lives. Flowers bloom on trees, new plants in shops and in the Gardens by the Bay," he wrote.

"This is our world, our precious Singapore."

Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan shared a heartwarming photo of him and his months-old grandson.

"Happy Chinese New Year - especially to the new additions to our families!" he wrote.

Parliamentary secretary for Home Affairs Amrin Amin made a good stab at speaking Mandarin in his Chinese New Year video.

Acting Education Minister Ong Ye Kung shared an artistic "home made CNY greeting" video.

Minister of State for Communications and Information and for Education Janil Puthucheary shared calligraphy by his father-in-law.

Minister for Law and Home Affairs K Shanmugam sent his greetings from a bak kwa shop in Chong Pang, where he is MP.

While Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam revealed that one of his favourite dishes is chap chye, or mixed vegetables while wishing all Chinese Singaporeans "Gong Xi Fa Cai".

Minister for Trade and Industry S Iswaran welcomed the God of Fortune and had lo hei with Chinese worshippers at the Ang Chee Sia Ong Temple. 

Minister of State for Manpower and Mayor of North-east District Teo Ser Luck is ringing in the year of the monkey with some dumbbells (and pineapple tarts).