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Why Tin Pei Ling is cooler than you

Why Tin Pei Ling is cooler than you

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And no, we’re not being sarcastic this time.

By Terence Lee

Let’s face it, many of us in our lifetime will never achieve what Tin Pei Ling will do in her one-term as a Member-of-Parliament. Certainly not armchair critics who rant and rave but do nothing to help the less fortunate in society.

And I wonder if the opposition can really do better if they had been elected, despite being politically savvier.

Why am I saying this?

After just a few months on the job, Tin has revealed that she will be launching a S$150,000 fund to help low-income residents in MacPherson, which is her constituency.

“We hope that with this MacPherson CARE fund, seniors in MacPherson can look forward to tapping on this fund to relieve some of the financial stress they may feel when seeking medical follow-ups,” she told Channel NewsAsia.

The money will go towards subsidizing health and medical expenses, which include eye care and dental care, hearing and walking aids, and non-critical medical conditions.

According to Publichouse, the scheme was initiated by Tin Pei Ling, who has highlighted the plight of the elderly in her Parliamentary Speech last year.

She’s simply acting on her words.

Unfortunately, PAP politicians are not exactly politicians. Many of them have the charisma of a wooden block, and are prone to facepalm-inducing verbal gaffes.

Their lack of media savvy has made them the butt of a thousand jokes (including this latest one).

But we can’t always blame them. A minister once told me that he stumbled into politics, after much persuasion from the higher-ups. It was a path he would never envision himself taking. Giving nice soundbites is certainly not a priority for him.

The same can be said for many others.

Tin got the brunt of the netizens’ scorn, and it didn’t help that she was compared unfavorably with Nicole Seah. But much of the public anger was not so much directed at her per se, but more so at the GRC system, which is deemed an unfair political process.

And it certainly didn’t help that she sounded like a bumbling idiot on TV.

Ideally, I would want somebody who is both eloquent and good at implementing her words. But if I were forced to choose between either, give me the latter anytime.

So yes, while Tin may have her fair share of WTF-did-she-really-say-that quotes, she’s actually making real impact on the lives of MacPherson residents.

Come 2016, my bet is on her winning re-election.

And that’s why she’s cooler than you.