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TikTok dances and food for thought: What politicians are up to this week

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung danced with Uncle Raymond and healthcare workers, and Workers' Party MP Jamus Lim shared his thoughts on how the simplest of food can mean so much. PHOTOS: ONGYEKUNG/INSTAGRAM, JAMUS LIM/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - The Straits Times looks at what politicians, and the politically related, are up to in this weekly series.

In this edition, we take a look at how a minister is boosting his TikTok game by busting some moves, what some People's Action Party MPs are up to during this month's break in Parliament, and how an MP draws life lessons from food.

Look out for the latest edition of the series every Friday, and check out past ones here.

Sick moves with healthcare workers

Many netizens are familiar with TikTok dance sensation Uncle Raymond (@raymondl88), who has in recent weeks become famous on the social media app due to his self-choreographed routine.

Uncle Raymond's performances of his self-choreographed routine at MRT stations have gained him more than 46,000 followers. He usually dances to Chinese singer Faye Wong's Hundred Years Of Solitude.

His moves caught the attention of Health Minister Ong Ye Kung, who together with a few healthcare workers danced with Uncle Raymond in a bid to get some morning exercise, as the minister calls it.

"Getting some morning exercise with healthcare workers, led by Uncle Raymond! As I always say, it need not be difficult to stay healthy," he said in a TikTok post on Thursday (June 9).

"Thanks for meeting. Be happy," added Mr Ong, a nod to the phrase Uncle Raymond often uses in his own posts as well.

@ongyekung

Getting some morning exercise with healthcare workers, led by Uncle Raymond! As I always say, it need not be difficult to stay healthy. Thanks for meeting. Be happy. #HealthierSG

♬ 百年孤寂 - 184 諺

Food for thought

Workers' Party MP Jamus Lim shared his thoughts on how the simplest of food can mean so much.

The Sengkang GRC MP uploaded a photo of Caribbean arroz con frijoles, or rice with beans, on Tuesday. He said he first had the dish when he was volunteering in Haiti in 2010 after a major earthquake there and families there made it for him, making a bigger point about how one does not need complicated ingredients or cooking methods to make food that is tasty.

"Despite its simplicity, the dish is both nutritious and delicious. As vegetarians know full well, beans are rich in protein. But on certain days, the family might introduce a small piece of chicken atop the rice. Those were precious, and an expression of their deep hospitality," he said.

The dish is a reminder of how people can "thrive on the humble", and Mr Lim said his version of such a simple yet satisfying meal is nasi lemak.

"I find it valuable to occasionally step back, and find meaning and pleasure in the simple things in life," he added.

Meet-the-MPs session

Parliament might be on a break this month, but that has not stopped some MPs from meeting up to discuss issues, as shown in a post by Ms Mariam Jaafar (Sembawang GRC).

In a Facebook post on Thursday, she uploaded a photo of herself and seven other PAP MPs having lunch at Italian restaurant Positano Risto with Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

The MPs were (clockwise, from left) Mr Derrick Goh (Nee Soon GRC), Mr Edward Chia (Holland-Bukit Timah GRC), Mr Liang Eng Hwa (Bukit Panjang), Mr Shawn Huang (Jurong GRC), Mr Saktiandi Supaat (Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC), Ms Foo Mee Har (West Coast GRC) and Mr Desmond Choo (Tampines GRC).

"Lunch at Positano Risto was very good as always, but with SM Tharman Shanmugaratnam, it was always bound to be a feast for the mind and soul!" she said.

Ms Mariam added that the group discussed several topics, including social spending, inequality, inflation and geopolitics.

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