Farewell video for Kishore Mahbubani who stepped down as LKYSPP dean causes Internet stir

You’ve probably seen farewell videos made for colleagues who leave for greener pastures.

But the one made for Professor Kishore Mahbubani, 69, who stepped down as dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) on Thursday (Nov 23) brings farewell videos to the next level.

It’s a video that’s so bad, it’s good. And it’s strangely compelling enough to keep your eyes trained on it – if only to see what happens next.

Set to the infectious tune of “Coincidance” by US comedy group Handsome Dancer, it starts off with Prof Mahbubani awkwardly strolling along a corridor, supposedly within the school’s campus, before busting out his shoulder bop chops.

Apparently, he’s supposed to be the “Patient zero” who “infects” his colleagues referred to as “The infected LKYSPP community”, causing them to break out in the same dance move.

The clip then cuts to multiple shots of his colleagues doing the right shoulder bop but with varying levels of enthusiasm and awkwardness. There are solo performances, as well as coordinated group ones with some staffers looking like they’re doing the twist instead.

The 2min 29sec video was posted on the LKYSPP’s Facebook page on Friday (Nov 24) morning and came with this caption:

“We threw a farewell party for Dean Kishore Mahbubani last night to thank him for his years of service to the school. Then, we played this video to surprise him because #Kikilovestodance. 100 comments and 1000 likes on this post and we’ll post more ‘dancing’ content!”

Do we need more “dancing content”? Maybe we’ll decide on that later.

The video had already garnered almost 80 comments and close to 740 likes at the time of writing. Oh, and it has 168 shares and over 11,0000 views, if you’re really counting.

Here’s what some people said:

It was announced earlier this month that the 69-year-old, who is the school’s founding dean, was stepping down after more than 13 years.

The National University of Singapore, which the LKYSPP is part of, said it would begin a search for the next dean and that an acting dean will be appointed from January next year.

In his 33-year career with the Singapore Foreign Service from 1971 to 2004, Prof Mahbubani had postings in Cambodia, Malaysia, Washington DC and New York.

He also served two stints as Singapore’s Ambassador to the United Nations and as President of the UN Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002. He was Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Ministry from 1993 to 1998.