Popular travel blogger Nuseir Yassin, better known as the founder of Nas Daily, said Thursday in a Facebook post that his viral videos about Singapore were not sponsored.
The 26-year-old, known for his one-minute clips uploaded daily, responded to critics claiming he had been paid to produce the video series.
These include Why I Hate Singapore, in which he explains that he is envious of Singapore's world-class food and racial and religious harmony, and one that introduces Changi Airport as the world's best airport.
He also posted videos about the lives of ordinary Singaporeans, called Crazy Poor Asians, referring to the Hollywood film Crazy Rich Asians by the Singapore-born author Kevin Kwan. He had the freegan movement here, as well as a swimming school for babies. Since then, the videos have each viewed 1.7 million to 8.3 million views, with the most watched number being Singapore Cleans, a video about the land crash system of the country.
Some netizens claimed that the videos, which were delivered with disclaimers that they were not sponsored, were largely focused on the positive aspects of Singapore as paid by the authorities.
They also implied that the video's were veiled advertisements and Mr. Yassin asked how much he had paid for them.
One example was Facebook user Lee Yew Hoong, who asked: "he wondered, how much did the (government) pay him?"
EXPENSES OWN MONEY
My videos in Singapore are 100% not sponsored by anyone. I have come here alone, have spent my own money, to make my own videos about your country. And I have to make sure everyone is aware of that.
THE LORD NUSEIR YASSIN
In response, Mr. Yassin said: "My videos in Singapore are 100% not sponsored by anyone, I come here alone, spend my own money, make my own videos about your country and I have to make sure everyone is aware of that. "
He added that he felt discouraged that his works were being discredited because of "unfounded accusations".
He wrote that he wanted to focus on the positive and wanted to show the best in the world & # 39; because regular media too often focus on the negative & # 39 ;.
He had repeated this feeling during an interview with Sumiko Tan, the editor-in-chief of The Straits Times, where he emphasized that Nas Daily focuses on the positive because he wants to show people "what is best in a way that is respectful and certain way adds value ".
The defenders of Mr. Yassin also took into account the more than 1,000 comments that his post had received.
Facebook user Ezen Ho said, "The only reason these video's seem sponsored is because they seem to dig deeper into infrastructure or places that people think they need access to, but I suspect that the fact is that when you make an outreach call to your followers … everyone comes with their own contacts and networks to help you get the data, the facts, the best shooting location and shelters … that is not sponsored, that is called influence! "
Mr. Yassin, who leaves Singapore tomorrow, organized his biggest spontaneous meeting last week with his online followers outside the Singapore Indoor Stadium. At least a day in advance, 700 people showed up.