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Crying increased Desmond Choo’s votes by 3 percent

Crying increased Desmond Choo’s votes by 3 percent

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His last-ditch attempt to salvage poorly-managed by-election campaign pays off. Slightly.

By Teo Chew Lang

What is sexier than a man who can cook and clean the house with only a towel wrapped around his waist?

A man who can weep openly in public.

At his final rally on May 24 held two days before Polling Day, PAP’s Hougang by-election candidate, Desmond Choo, turned on the tap and let the salty juices flow, apparently overwhelmed by emo-ness.

The result?

Desmond managed to swing some voters over to his end as he garnered 38 percent of votes this by-election, doing slightly better than his GE2011 performance where he managed only about 35 percent.

Both results, however, lets him go down in history as one of PAP’s worst-performing candidates, where fielding a cactus might have resulted in the same number of votes. Or more.

But was it a calculated move to win votes by crying in public?

AMARE (Association of Men for Action and Reaction) founder, Akshun Bayday, said: “Women like men who show facial expression. And women especially like men who can spontaneously shed a tear almost on cue. I’ve tried it on numerous occasions, and women just want to be a mother to you when they see you tear.”

As PAP’s No. 2 auntie-killer after Baey Yam Keng, there is speculation that Desmond won the hearts of some single, middle-aged, Korean-drama-watching women, who are one of the main swing voters in Hougang, an SMC that has approximately 23,000 voters.

One such lady, Ms. Tan, said after the by-election results were announced: “Desmond is the man of my dreams. When he wears his PAP all-white uniform, he reminds of the son I never had who one day will enter Raffles Institution. But I’ll still take Baey Yam Keng any day.”

Research has shown that the correlation between men who cry in public and their respective popularity is strong.

For the record, men who have wept openly in public include Jesus and Lee Kuan Yew.