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By Tse Hao Guang     Feb 3, 2009 in Lifestyle
If you were anywhere near Singapore’s landmark Takashimaya Shopping Centre on the 14th of May last year, you would have been greeted by an astonishing sight - 400 people, frozen in place despite the sweltering heat.
No, they’re not malfunctioning robots dispatched by the government to spy on citizens. They’re agents on a mission to bring fun and joy to people’s lives. They are Mission: Singapore!
Mission: Singapore is a group that plans and organizes flash mobs, affiliated to Improv Everywhere from the United States. Participants gather in a public place, perform unusual and often bizarre actions, and disperse soon after (from Wikipedia)
Their latest mission is due to land on Valentines Day. Instead of freezing in place, Mission: Singapore ‘agents’ are tasked with a nobler cause: distributing free hearts and hugs.
From 14:30 to 17:00, the space outside shopping mall-cum-office building Wheelock Place will be transformed into a haven of ‘free love’. Volunteers will paste paper hearts on and hug complete strangers.
It is a move that ‘aims to spread the message against indifference amongst strangers... [promoting] friendliness and conversation between people, regardless of differences,’ according to its events page on Facebook.
Over 100 people have signed up to be a part of the event, and everyone is welcome to join.
In this period of economic uncertainty, this flash mob looks like a low cost and effective way to encourage everyone to think about those in need of love.
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