Police probing music video by social media star Preetipls

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SINGAPORE — A police report has been lodged over a music video posted online by social media personality Preeti Nair and her brother Subhas in response to a controversial advertisement for an e-payments website.

In a news release on Tuesday (30 July), the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said the report had been made over the video’s “offensive content” and that investigations into the matter are ongoing.

“The police will not tolerate any offensive content that causes ill-will between races,” said the SPF.

In the video posted on Facebook on Monday, Preeti – who goes by the moniker Preetipls – and her brother mock an advertisement for the E-Pay service in which Mediacorp actor Dennis Chew was depicted as four different characters, including an Indian man with artificially darkened skin and a Malay woman wearing a headscarf.

The advertisement, which has since been taken down from the E-Pay site, was widely criticised for being racially insensitive. Mediacorp has since apologised for the advertisement and stated any hurt caused was unintentional.

In the Nair siblings’ music video, which is peppered with expletives and vulgar gestures, the pair imply that the advertisement is evidence of there being a racial bias against minorities here.

The video on Preetipls’ Facebook page has garnered more than 1,200 reactions and been shared more than 650 times as of Tuesday afternoon.

“Cos all they want is the brown dollar,” says Subhas in one line of his rap, while his sister claims that “C.M.I.O.” stands for “Cancel Minority Is OK!”.

Yahoo News Singapore has reached out to Preeti Nair for comment on the matter.

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