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I’m writing something nice about Tin Pei Ling

So, the criticisms have come and gone. Well, some are still ongoing. But never mind. I am going to write something nice about Tin Pei Ling. Why am I doing this? Because no matter what one may think of her, going into politics is something to be applauded, especially for someone as young as her. I would applaud the same for young opposition members as well.

We can all criticise the GRC system and these criticisms would be utterly deserved because it is truly a completely flawed system which has been abused by the PAP for its won selfish hegemonic reasons. It doesn’t even pretend that the GRC is to provide minority-race representation in Parliament anymore. In fact, Goh Chok Tong has explicitly explained that it is to provide a “guarantee” for first-time would-be PAP candidates to waltz into Parliament.

But a flawed system is quite different from the matter of someone like Tin Pei Ling stepping up to the political rostrum.

And she should be applauded for doing so.

Of course, I wish she would go one step further and show her supposedly “more senior” PAP MPs and Ministers that a young upstart like her would dive into an SMC and embrace the heat of a contest.

It would, in one fell swoop, show up the cowardice of those who’re now trying to be her “mentor” and “teacher”.

But I digress.

Tin Pei Ling should go on and do her work. And she  should learn that being a politician in the public eye, she should be mindful of how she will be perceived if she slips up again – as she did when she didn’t privatised her Facebook page.

Her concern for the elderly is something she should continue to work on. If or when she gets into Parliament, she should lend her hand to Dr Lily Neo who has been fighting for more help for the poor, especially the elderly. I am sure Dr Neo would welcome another ally, seeing how in the last 5 years, no other PAP MP had stood by her in her fight for the poor and old.

Tin Pei Ling is young and has lots of energy. And if she becomes MP, and being paid some S$15,000 a month, she should take a few years off Ernst and Young and dedicate them to working with the elderly. The matter is a complex one and I do not think anyone can work on it part-time, especially someone as young as Tin Pei Ling.

In short, Tin Pei Ling can turn around the criticisms by simply doing one thing: do what her heart tells her.

If it is a sincere thing, she will be vindicated naturally.

If not, then she should be prepared for even worse criticisms.

But for now, I say give the young girl a break and let her do what she says she would like to do.

And Ms Tin, even if – by some odd miracle – you do not get into Parliament, do continue to carry on your work with the elderly. After all, helping the elderly is not about politics.

It is about caring.

I wish you good luck.


Categories: General
  1. April 4, 2011 at 10:06

    Give her a break? She already said that income gap is not the govt problem.

    All her hogwash about caring for old people is just plain old bullsh*t wrapped up in dettol tissue paper to make it smell nice but still shit none the less.

    She is just parroting what her seniors told her to say. Concern for old people? She is in Moulmein-Kallang where the age demographic is slightly higher than average. I bet you to my last dollar that she’ll change tack if she were to be posted to punggol or any other newer place.

  2. cheapoman
    April 4, 2011 at 10:06

    Being an MP is one of the rare jobs which don’t require you perform well, and yet guarantees half a million dollars in renumeration in 4 years time. Best of all, it is a part time job. The only hurdle is the job interview (tea session) and looking pretty, smile and shake hands (and of course, remain squeaky clean in the meantime). People should start quizing MPs about national policies the next time they meet them during their walkabouts. Make them work a bit lah..

  3. Dan
    April 5, 2011 at 10:06

    I don’t think S’poreans are given a break with they have to compete in the unfair job mkt and other struggles in life. Therefore, TPL should not even think of waltzing into parliament. When the old man lament that MPs did not go though the baptism of fire, perhaps, they should start with fire walking first. The old MPs need not shield the new ones. The whole episode just reminds me of the recent hooha about the maid carrying the NS boy’s field pack. That this hand holding syndrome of our youths contimues all the way to parliament.

  4. Ben
    May 8, 2011 at 10:06

    I don’t mean to pour cold water but you have to ask yourself what is the PAP’s reasoning for putting someone as young and pretty as her into Parliament, and who has very few credentials. I suspect it was the same reasoning for bringing Lily Neo into Parliament, except that Lily turned out not be a demure flower vase but rather a fierce fighter and first-rate human being. Good for her! But not so good for PAP because they really just wanted a vase, not a noisy trouble-maker. So now Miss Tin comes along, all cutesy and girly. Doesn’t matter that she has a Palin-esque speaking ability. In fact, it’s a plus because then she can’t challenge Vivian Balakrishnan or any other minister if she wanted to. Yes, she’s just suppose to represent the young feminine face of the PAP in Parliament and just sit pretty like a Japanese doll.

    I know it sounds terrible but it is what it is. Sexism pure and simple by the PAP. I only feel sorry for Miss Tin that she has been lured in way over her head, making her the object of intense ridicule. If she steps down maybe they can bring George Yeo back in a by-election. She would be a heroine in my book.

  5. David Ong
    May 25, 2011 at 10:06

    I would like a Singapore of always giving 2nd chances..Give her a break…and if there is any PAP that can turn around and do the right thing, it would be her. Her youth and inexperienced in “arrogant” PAP ways is her strength..

    The entire Singapore is watching and feeling her out..

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