Fielding Ms Tin Pei Ling in SMC
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Dear leaders of the People's Action Party,
Please do not view this as a petition of an opposing view but rather, a note that we care about Singapore and the quality of the Members of Parliament (MP) who represent Singaporeans.
We have deep concerns about Ms Tin Pei Ling’s credential and quality to stand as a People’s Action Party (the “PAP”) candidate for the upcoming General Election. For years, we have trusted the PAP to introduce new good-quality candidates. Since the introduction of Ms Tin and having observed how she had conducted media interviews, we cannot help but feel that PAP might have picked the wrong candidate in Ms Tin this time. We have nothing against new candidates on the basis of age, young or old, but in the case of Ms Tin, we are concerned that she demonstrated the lack of maturity and the big picture awareness that are essential attributes to champion issues for the people in the parliament. For example, during a media interview immediately following her introduction as a PAP candidate, when asked by a reporter what her greatest regret was, she said her greatest regret thus far was not being able to bring her parents to the Universal Studio. We were appalled by her poorly conceived response that lacked judgment, perspective and discretion. There were also strong reactions on the internet that cited other opposing reasons towards Ms Tin’s candidacy which we will not list here.
The strong reactions against Ms Tin have spread and tarnished the reputation of the PAP. Singaporeans are genuinely concerned about undeserving candidates being inducted into parliament, not on their own merit, but rather on the back of established MPs of the ruling party in some Group Representation Constituencies (the “GRCs”). To let Ms Tin prove that she is indeed a worthy candidate that can stand up to the challenge, we urge the PAP to field Ms Tin in a SMC instead of “protecting” her under the shield of a GRC. This will give Singaporeans a chance to judge and accept Ms Tin and give her a chance to prove herself and experience the real baptism of fire.
We thank you for listening to our views.
Petition Originator: Ti Kiang Heng
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