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Raffles Place Ghost Sighting


Here’s a clever advertisement that began on April 20, 2008 with the release of this  weird video.  It takes place in what is commonly referred to in Singapore as the CBD, or Central Business District.

Have patience.  The hair-raising excitement intensifies in the elevator:

At the time, many people in Singapore were wondering:  Is this an authentic ghost or just another Internet hoax?  They had no idea of the drama that was about to unfold.  Even the daily periodicals were baffled:

Perhaps in response to the frenzy, or maybe they were part of the hoax from the beginning, three local university students – Jimmy, Mike, and YQ – investigated the weird incident on their site, SG Office Ghosts.

This triumvirate claims to be interested strictly in Singaporean paranormal activity, which there must be an abundance of, at least that is what everyone must have thought.  I am referring specifically to those who worked in the CBD, especially while the case was still open and the suspicious video in the hands of a videographer to assess its veracity.

In addition to the inundation of emails and video responses to the alleged Raffles Place Apparition, the triumvirate’s site garnered helpful people who sent in more multimedia leads of office ghosts in Singapore.

Five days after the initial sighting leaked onto the Internet, this video clip cropped up.  I’ll let Jimmy fill you in on the details:

Fredrick Tan submitted this video to us via email. He claimed to have been working late one night when he noticed his window blinds moving strangely. Although his office is located in the West instead of the CBD, this video is too sensational to miss. When our team first saw it, we applauded the man for having the guts to capture the whole thing on his camera phone. Look closely when the blinds start to part, it almost seemed as if something was climbing through. One word. Creepy. Check it out.

Shortly thereafter, another weird lead came to the SG Office Ghosts, this time of a computer monitor turning on for no apparent reason in the middle of the night and the sound of a keyboard being tapped by invisible fingers.  The printer came out of its slumber to print whatever had been typed, and then the video ended.

What do all three videos have in common apart from the paranormal:  Well, they all occur after hours, when no one in their right mind should be at work.

On May 1, 2008 the mystery behind the Raffles Place Ghost was solved by none other than GMP, which stands for Global Manpower Professionals, a highfalutin phrase used to describe what they really do, namely, recruit and place people willing to work all day – and apparently all night, too – in a stuffy office.

I’ll let the weirdest ghost of them all, namely, GMPs corporate service manager,  Josh, explain the hoax on his own in this video clip that first appeared on the HR company’s official site along with – here’s where the ad placement comes in – a link to submit your CV:

Is overworking really that much of a problem in Singapore?

January 27, 2009 2:08 pm

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