Nicole Seah's online post creates stir

Nicole Seah's online post creates stir

Opposition politician Nicole Seah has had a lousy year.

And she has opened up about it on Facebook.

Miss Seah's post about how she ended up in a "meltdown" is creating a stir online. She lists all that went wrong: bad political moves, relationship problems, being stalked, career issues, her grandmother getting cancer, and she herself coming down with dengue.

To begin with, she was doing quite well at work, the former executive, 27, says in the very personal post, titled Ground Zero. She has worked for advertising and marketing or public relations firms since 2009.

But politics took over after she contested the Marine Parade GRC for the National Solidarity Party in the 2011 General Election, and she began looking at things on the basis of whether they would help to get her elected in 2016.

She felt that "when you start thinking about your life in five year blocks, you start to get equally myopic about the way you do things".

She was exhausted with the house visits and walkabouts. She felt she was reading off a script when she met residents, and helpless when she met a needy person.

Then it got worse.

She wrote she was "naive" and "arm-twisted into making some bad decisions", mentioning the Presidential Election as one of them. She did not elaborate, but said this was a "terrible, irreversible mistake".

She campaigned for Mr Tan Jee Say, one of the four candidates in that election.

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