COCO CRINGE: Singapore minister puts out anti-scam advisory through TikTok dance

The Singapore Minister’s mini TikTok dance telling viewers against scams. Photos: Sun Xueling/TikTok
The Singapore Minister’s mini TikTok dance telling viewers against scams. Photos: Sun Xueling/TikTok

How far will some country’s reps go to put out an advisory? As far as inducing secondhand cringe, apparently.

Minister of State for Home Affairs and Minister of State for Social and Family Development Sun Xueling’s latest TikTok is causing ripples online recently for her mini dance that was meant to get citizens equipped against online scams.

“I can Add (privacy settings) Check (trusted sources) Tell (others about scams) against SCAMS!” the caption, which spells out the acronym “ACT,” read.

@sunxueling

I can Add (privacy settings) Check (trusted sources) Tell (others about scams) against SCAMS!

♬ original sound – Sun Xueling 孙雪玲

Sun was seen doing some sort of elbow dance with a couple of finger bangs while captions tell viewers to “Add Scam Shield,” “Add Privacy Settings” then “Check Government Sources,” “Check Your Own Response,” before finally telling others to stay away from the scam. 

“I can ACT against scams,” the final caption read while Sun posed proudly at the end.

Redditors did not hold back and took a piss at her.

“Your dance doesn’t help any citizens,” user Hurricanechan wrote.

Others were a lot harsher and called her “pathetic” and “soulless.”

Some chimed in to defend Sun. 

“This is actually pretty good can we not be so cynical pls,” user Advanced_Sea7519 wrote.

Sun has turned off comments on her TikTok videos. 

Singapore reported a total of S$227.8 million (US$168.05 million) lost to scams in the first half of this year, with phishing scams as the second-highest number of cases among all scam types. More than 2,300 cases were reported and S$7.8 million was lost.

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