PM Lee’s photo of two unassuming strangers kissing draws mixed response from netizens

Photo: (l) Lee Hsien Loong FB

A photo Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shared on his Facebook page this morning has drawn mixed reactions from netizens. The photo, taken by the PM himself, features an unassuming couple kissing in a mirror maze installation at the Light to Night Festival, that was held last month.

PM Lee wrote: “This romantic couple suddenly popped into my field of view while I was exploring the mirror maze at the Light To Night Festival last month…Some of us were lost in the maze, while others were lost in each other…Happy Valentine’s Day to all who love and are loved!”

While many netizens wished the head of government a happy Valentine’s day and praised his photography, some expressed that capturing a photo of a couple lost in a moment did not sit too well with them:

Patrick Ng: Hopefully this couple will not blame u for invading their privacy!
BabuSinghThis sound so wrong…Taking an intimate photo of two unaware adults and commenting – “they are lost in each other” Sounds like a voyageur

Other netizens defended the PM and said that the couple are lucky to have been photographed by him. One netizen noted:

Sim TianNote he says they pop into his view while he was taking a he was not aware until after snapping the photo. Like that where got wrong?


  1. Since he is so keen in photography n selfies, quit or relinquish his Pm job to focus on what he loves to do… Don’t stop the world fm revolving positively.

  2. Invasion of privacy ! And is Valentine’s Day only for young couples how about love for family and friends And humanity and all inclusive ?

  3. When I saw the picture, I chuckled at PM sense of humour about being lost in love.? It reflected that PM is a human being not devoid of feeling of love and being loved. Aiyah sinkie why so boring ? It is valentine day let see things through rose tinted love glasses.

  4. When a person kisses the loved one in public, it is the intention for the person to want to ” tell the whole world that there is love and wants the whole world to know about it…something like declaring the love for the other person” If such a moment is captured, it will only add to the joy of helping that person to share the happiness to all. This is what it means and there can be many more assumptions to it. Being Valentine’s Day, it is hope that it is assumed to be as it is …LOVE.

  5. Haters will hate. There’s no pleasing everyone. I think it’s ok to take their pic. Obviously they know they’re in public and being watched, yet they did what they did and didn’t bother about everyone else in the vicinity. If they don’t care, why should you speak for them?? I’d have taken the pic myself because it’s a sweet gesture. Life’s already so stressful, live a little!

    • You’re wrong. They may be in a public space but the quiet surroundings of the maze could have prompted the urge to sneak a kiss. It is quite different from having your photo then posted online for the whole wide world to see. It’s one thing being captured in a stranger’s photo in the background, but another for the fellow to then share it on open social media. Being leader of the country does not give him a free ticket to invade people’s private moments.

    • We all can’t work literally 24/7. He happened to be there and took a couple of minutes to take some pics. Surely we can give him that? Cut him some slack lah.

  6. This was a good shot. I am sure anybody would have done the same thing to capture the moment. Give the guy the credit and stop picking on privacy. If the couples were so worried about privacy keep their kissing private and not in public

  7. Why are the couple said to be unassuming? And what are voyageurs? And had the PM said they popped into his view while he was snapping away? I am in a mirror maze.

  8. That picture was probably not taken by him.
    Just something from his public relations side to raise help him in his eroding popularity polls.

    It’s similar to a 1930’s photo of a kissing couple in New York.

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