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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Will Tin Pei Lin backfire?


Abstract from TOC Editorial / TOC Election 2011

* Ms Tin and the continuing debacle of the shallow talent pool.
Querying how Ms Tin’s candidacy relates to her husband’s position at the right hand of the Prime Minister is legitimate. In fact, it’s so legitimate that even the pro-government Straits Times broached the subject.....
This question goes directly to the heart of the issue plaguing the candidates the PAP has unveiled so far: a remarkably shallow talent pool comprising of relatives of famous people or connected in some way or another to the PAP’s inner circle.....
Desmond Choo, the nephew of former PAP MP Choo Wee Kiang. Desmond Lee, son of former Cabinet Minister Lee Yock Suan. Mr Ong Ye Kung, the Prime Minister’s former PPS. And several more loyalists to come.....
Asked by RazorTV “if there was one PAP policy you would change, what would it be”, she answered: “to be honest I don’t have any specific policies I feel strongly against” before speaking vaguely about creating opportunities for the young children of Singapore and encouraging Singaporeans to care for their grandparents more without giving specifics......

* Highlighting the GRC’s failing
Ms Tin’s candidacy might prove to be the strongest argument for the death of the GRC system......
One online commentator pithily summed up the travesty the GRC might be shown up as by posing the simple thought experiment: imagine Ms Tin entering Parliament through a walkover in Marine Parade GRC, but eminently more experienced and qualified opposition candidates like the Worker’s Party Mr Low Thia Kiang, Ms Sylvia Lim and Mr Chen Show Mao failing to make it through.....

* Patronizing? 

Ms Tin’s first lengthy video appearance on RazorTV has drawn critical reviews and derision from her peers.....
When asked what her greatest regret was, Ms Tin said that it was not being able to take her parents to Universal Studios before electioneering got into gear. In another clip on the Young PAP website, she’s seen stamping her feet petulantly..... 

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