Chope And You're It


Chope seats, swear words and a deliberate hard shove from behind. Nope, it isn't a script for a movie, but a video recording that went viral over social media over the weekend.

The video showed a lady arguing with a senior citizen over choped, or reserved seats, at a local kopitiam, or known as coffee shop. The incident was compounded when the lady's male companion made a deliberate hard shove against the old man from behind. it was later reported that the guy pushed the plates to the ground in a fit of anger.




As the video continued its viral non-viscosity, many commenters were looking to the Internet to CSI the identity of the couple - to “make them famous”.

One alleged that it was a lady from a local bank and shared her photo. Some online sites picked it immediately and it was quickly shared online. However, the alleged lady responded to say she was overseas and could not have been part of the video.

Singapore Police Force investigated the issue and the latest update that the couple, a lady in her late 30s and a man in the mid 40s, was arrested and charged for being public nuisance.

The whole episode has shown how easy it is to film and upload content online with the modern smartphone and 3G/4G connectivity we have today. Sharing the video is also as quick as pressing a button.

In the rush to get eyeballs and clicks, new social sites today are looking to get the scoop faster than mainstream media. Given that the new social sites have lower editorial restrictions, they can quickly push their scoops online faster. On the other end of the spectrum, the lack of their experience in verifying their sources could result in false allegations.

Online mob lynching isn't new in Singapore. In 2012, a Facebook user posted on Facebook to express her unhappiness over the “noise” from the Malay wedding at the void deck below her flat. The online community started to identify her and her employer, which so happened to be the national trade union. As racial harmony is a key foundation of Singapore's cohesion, this Facebook user was fired from her post at the trade union, and left Singapore to escape the local online lynching.

You can read more at
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/police-report-filed-against-amy-cheong-over-racist-facebook-post.html

This chope and shove incident it also serves as reminder that eyes are everywhere and they come in the form of a smart phone and mobile data connectivity. As such, we have reached a stage where you always have to be on your good behaviour.

Unfortunately, are we on our best behaviour because we want to or because we have to?

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Singapore Facebook Page recently received a complaint of the size of the chicken being served at KFC.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155209770906882&set=o.113001545421517&type=3&theater

Barnabas Ng took a photo of his chicken from KFC which showed it to be almost the size of the KFC small container. It also looked like a an oversize popcorn chicken.

Wrote Barnabas,

"Hi KFC, is this your new standard size for a chicken? I order 3 piece meal and 2 pieces including this so called original recipe chicken is smaller than the size of the cap of ur small mash potato.

Have you guys try to cut cost so much that you are offering half a size chicken pieces for a full price meal? It is just getting from bad to worse"

KFC Singapore did reply to Barnabas for him to PM his mobile number but Barnabas has yet to receive any calls from KFC Singapore, as of this posting.

Maybe chickens are also shrinking with the current climate change?




Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong celebrated his 5 years anniversary on Facebook having joined this social media outlet on 21 April 2012.

The Strait Times only reported that Prime Minister Lee has "amassed 1.1 million followers", but left out some important details that any social media manager would report on.

There are many free online apps that will help you analyse your page and below are a snapshot of Prime Minister Lee performance on Facebook Page.





LikeAlyzer, from Meltwater, gives Prime Minister Lee's Facebook Page a score of 77 out of 100.

In comparison, fellow Singapore Government Public Figures like Ng Eng Heng and Grace Fu has higher LikeRank than Prime  Minister Lee Hsien Leong.

Chee Soon Juan, an opposition party member in Singapore, ironically, is the highest ranking LikeRank politician with a score of 82.


LikeAlyzer also analysed that Prime Minister Lee's posts mainly make up of photos (79.2%) and followers react most to his photos. 

Followers, in particular, response best to his photos from morning 8am - 10am Singapore. Maybe it is the rush hour that provides Followers with more ample time to Like Prime Minister Lee's photos. 

LikeAlyzer suggests that Prime Minister Lee to be more curious about his followers by asking them more questions. 


FanPageKarma provides more details of Prime Minister Lee's Facebook performance. 


In the four years, Prime Minister Lee's top post is that of him sharing the photo of his father, the late MM Lee Kuan Yew, upon MM Lee's passing. The post had 291,670 likes, 4,696 comments and 18,809 shares. 

(There was processing error in the image, and the link to the post can be found at https://www.facebook.com/125845680811480/posts/883441685051872)


FanPageKarma analysed that Prime Minister Lee prefer to post on a Sunday and posts on Sunday seem to have the most success in terms of interactions.


As expected, the majority of Prime Minister Lee's Facebook Page followers are from Singapore, followed by Malaysia. Interestingly in 3rd place is Vietnam.



Growth of new followers for Prime Minister Facebook Page seem to be plateauing though. However, given that there are 3.5 million active Facebook users in Singapore, there is room to grow for more Singapore followers.



If Prime Minister Lee's Facebook was an advertising media, the total value of his posts amounts to 8 million Euros or 11.90 million Singapore dollars.




It was a video to showcase to the youths on how it is like to work at one of Singapore's top fast food outlet, but the host's untied hair has led questions to F&B hygiene practises at the outlet.



From the video above, the host has very long hair and F&B hygiene practises is to keep the long hai buned up or in a net. But this was neither practiced from the video.

Though the host wore a cap to hold the hair in place, leaving the long hair freely like that is still a no-no for F&B hygiene reasons.

Most commenters were immediately drawn to the host's untied hair and reminded 4Fingers of the F&B hygiene practises ad even asking the host to attend NEA F&B Hygiene course.



The PR department of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia may have thought of a great event to bring FinTech closer to the Malaysia media, but a single line in its email promo has found to be described as patronising it audience it looks to invite. 

Malaysia media has taken to social media to point out asking why is this PR department looking to train media on how to write a great FinTech story as part of the goals of attending this bridging workshop.

Is the PR indicating that while the Malaysia media has been writing FinTech stories, it still have not achieved the level of greatness that of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia standards? 

"A media workshop on how to write fintech stories: From a banks point of view I wonder what's their idea of a great story??" wrote one journalist in the media group. 

Another journalist sarcastically pointed out if "the hired trainer to teach us how to cross our t's and dot our i's, or someone to hone our BS detectors, so we know what a banks intentions towards fintechs Really Are!"

The intent of the workshop might been great, but the words used to highlight the goal of the event certainly may have already burned bridges than build one.




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