Singapore Election 2011

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SM Goh urges Marine Parade voters to focus on his team as a ‘whole’

Posted by singaporege2011 on April 23, 2011

Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong appears to be getting cold feet over the much-hype  electoral contest in his Marine Parade GRC which is widely perceived, rightly or wrongly, as the battle of the ‘Mei Meis’.

27 year old Tin Pei Ling was supposedly fielded as a PAP candidate to woo young voters, but the plan backfired spectacularly and may cost the PAP votes in the coming election.

Sensing a chance to exploit public unhappiness over Ms Tin’s candidacy, National Solidarity Party shrewdly field its star candidate Ms Nicole Seah in its team against Ms Tin’s.

Not only is Ms Seah attractive and well-mannered, she lives in Marine Parade for her entire life and studied in the schools there as well. Her popularity among netizens is obvious when the number of friends on her Facebook increases from 100 to more than 10,000 in less than a week.

With his back right against the wall, SM Goh is now calling on Marine Parade voters to compare the PAP’s team with NSP’s, rather than between the two youngest woman candidates.

“I am the leader of Team Marine Parade. I have four other very strong members in team Marine Parade. Likewise, you should look at NSP as a team,” he pleaded.

Unfortunately, politics is all about public perception and emotions. No matter what SM Goh says, voters are still going to focus on Ms Seah and Ms Tin and compare the two.

SM Goh should not underestimate the impact of youth power. During the Malaysian general election in 2008, many young female candidates fielded by the opposition such as Jernice Lee, Hannah Yeo, Teo Nie Ching and Nurrul Anwar won against veteran MPs with many years’ experiences.

Should SM Goh get ’embarrassed’ in his own stronghold or even lose his seat, he will have to ‘thank’ PM Lee for ‘offering’ Ms Tin to him.

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