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Ms Tin in the news AGAIN

I was reluctant to write this post. Why should I even bother to add to the howls online?

Elections are over, and whether we like it or not, Ms Tin is now an MP. She certainly made a very poor first impression when PAP was trying to show off their trump card – the youngest candidate fielded ever. I, for one, was keen to see who this candidate was– female candidate, no less. As I listened to her, I felt sorry for her. How could the ruling party, with the wealth of experience behind them, not prepare her for a very important first appearance? The excuse that she was young and inexperienced was scoffed at, and confirmed when Nicole Seah – even younger than Ms Tin, was introduced. The contrast was stark.

Now I can understand the need to improve her image. She may even have employed a PR consultant – that is mere speculation, and I really do not care either way. However, this frequent reporting by ST does her no good.

18 April 2011 straitstimes – TPL takes online criticism in her stride

28 May 2011 straitstimes – TPL and HDB income ceiling

24 June 2011 straitstimes – TPL and the DBSS saga

4 July 2011 straitstimes – MacPherson warming up to me – TPL

Why these reports? My suspicion is the first is an attempt to show her poise and maturity. The second and third try to show she cares and thinks through policies, the last that she is finally making a good impression. For the pap supporters, and for those who cannot “stand” the way netizens bully this young, inexperienced candidate, perhaps the strategy has worked. However, you do not need to win over people who are already supportive. The aim is to sway those who are opposed to Ms Tin. For these, these reports have quite the opposite effect.

From comments online, not necessarily my opinion:

First article – Ms Tin is thick skinned

Second and third articles – Ms Tin has no originality and has regurgitated what netizens or KBW have already said. Besides, she said all policies are working and do not require change?

Fourth article – goodness – how is this newsworthy if it is said by Ms Tin herself? If a poll were conducted, then maybe, just maybe, it might be credible.

You know how hard sell makes one cringe? This is exactly what is happening here.

If Ms Tin and the powers that be are really interested in changing attitudes towards her, one thing has to be addressed.-the outcome of the Cooling Day controversy. Unless there is a satisfactory conclusion, nothing will appease, no matter how hard Ms Tin tries. After that, Ms Tin should quietly serve her constituency, and let the results speak for themselves.

Until then, such reporting by Straits Times, especially when one compares with the coverage today of straitstime – Sylvia Lim likely to go into Law Practice and its loaded first line… “LESS than two months after resigning from Temasek Polytechnic (TP) where she lectured in law, Workers’ Party (WP) chairman Sylvia Lim has taken steps to re-enter the legal sector.” does not put ST in a good light for unbiased reporting.

  1. July 5, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Regardless of all the “noise” online, people who take notice or who are bothered by these things actually form the minority of the population here. Most people just believe in not rocking the boat when they comfortable in a material sense. Apathy doesn’t kill them. Ignorance is bliss. Even our outgoing president said something that could have been lifted from a speech by a minister.

    • KING
      July 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm

      Hahaaa… if I am the king, I would love subjects like Chan. Ignorant, apathetic and obedient. I think that is what Gadhaffi, Assad, Ben Ali, King Abdullah and Mubarak wants too. Lower their expectations, enough to satisfy them and keep all the riches to myself.
      If they subjects become useless, bring in fresh blood from less developed countries, who will pledge allegience to me. Muahahhaa

    • soojenn
      July 7, 2011 at 3:09 am

      I think the minority is slowly becoming majority and hopefully so, after how the hypocritical PM apologised with claims to try? to listen to the people during the GE2011.

      They will see the outcome in 2016 if they continue in this manner with Rin Tin Tin, and hopefully the coming election on the EP will boot out their endorsed candidate TT to show them what the public feels and the limit of crap that they can continue to shove down our throats.

  2. TDOT
    July 5, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Chan, you live in a well where noise does echo or what? Who are you to speak for the majority?

  3. sgcynic
    July 5, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Can’t but agree with the writer. Guess the opposition’s performance in Aljunied GRC is not newsworthy compared to Tin Pei Ling. Guess the five WP MPs must be performing crediably and the residents have no complaints, else they would definitely be in the news.

  4. Malibu29
    July 5, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Chan, so far I’ve not heard anyone in my midst say that they like TPL. On the contrary, I’ve seen many roll their eyes when her name was mentioned. So who’s the minority here?

  5. SpeakSpokeWriteWrote
    July 5, 2011 at 8:17 am

    To be fair to Chan, he is not saying he likes tpl either, but is lamenting at the general apathy around. Anyways, even if you are right Chan, from the response to this very simple post which was triggered cos i got cheesed off ST, the apathy u mention is soon fading – hope i am right

  6. July 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    aiyoh, Tdot and malibu29, can u guys re-read again what chan said? alamak!

  7. Qichu Beichuang
    July 26, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Yes, the LOADED first line

    … “LESS than two months after resigning from Temasek Polytechnic (TP) where she lectured in law, Workers’ Party (WP) chairman Sylvia Lim has taken steps to re-enter the legal sector.”

    One can see immediately the Straits Times’ innuendo; as if Sylvia Lim has done something wrong. Such despicable reporting only makes the people angrier. The result is, whoever ST spins for, like Tony Tan now, would have been handed a poisoned chalice. Poor Tony Tan.

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