I just saw Nicole Seah for the first time and I was blown away.
Comparing her side-by-side with Tin Pei Ling, I can only use this Hokkien saying to describe.
No Horse Run.
I like the confidence when she speaks. She spoke like she really know what she is talking about and not some regurgitating robot that I suspect of some other candidates, regardless of party.
I like the way she engages her audience and taking control of the press conference.
Her body language, energy, mannerisms and all, I felt that fire in the belly to want to do something.
The last time I was that impressed, it was a flight attendant from Air Asia from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore. It got me to write an unsolicited mail commending her to Fernandes himself.
The skeptic in me would be wondering if all that were rehearsed.
If so, then kudos for the effort where some other candidates couldn't even step up to when they had the chance.
If not, then I say "Singapore, we have a keeper here".
Yes, she has some short-comings which she readily admitted. That candidness has won me over. She has scored more points from me despite that fact that we were talking about her weakness. There is strength in being open and frank which I feel should be enough to compensate for the weaker areas.
Now begs the next question. Who would I vote if I were in the Marine Parade GRC?
We have the PAP strongman Goh Chok Tong at the helm of his team and so if we were to vote for Goh Chok Tong, we will be losing Nicole Seah in the election process.
So how like that?
I mentioned earlier that the GRC can work both ways. Either your shining star will lift the entire team to the promised land or your Sabo King/Queen will drag everybody down with him/her.
We have a shining star on each side.
Goh Chok Tong vs Nicole Seah.
Sorry Tin Pei Ling. Please step aside. Thank you.
I have to admit that Goh Chok Tong was one heck of a popular figure back in the 90s. However, that sheen has been losing luster steadily over the years. One good example was his presence at Potong Pasir during the 2006 GE, promising lift upgrading to the constituents of Potong Pasir SMC. Yet Chiam See Tong ran away with even more votes than the 2001 General Elections.
Lao Kwee much? Well, add Lao Hong to the list too.
So what would I do, if I were a constituent of the Marine Parade GRC?
Personally, I guess I would sacrifice Goh Chok Tong to make way for Nicole Seah coz I see a new hope for Singapore in this girl. The Senior Minister has passed his prime and should make way for the next generation.
Oh and I get to save Singapore close to $20 million until the next election.
p.s. The last time I mentioned that when Goh Chok Tong was tasked to help pull votes in the Potong Pasir SMC, I was thinking if he was handed a poisoned chalice.
This time he was "offered" Tin Pei Ling. Could this be yet another case of "tio tuar jeet kee tua tua kee"?
For those who subscribed to the consipiracy theory that GCT is a mere transitional seat warmer between LKY and LHL, then now that LHL is the PM, wouldn't you say that GCT is now an expendable asset?