SINGAPORE - Ms Tin Pei Ling, MP for Marine Parade GRC, received the Prime Minister's vote of confidence last night when he attended a National Day dinner in the MacPherson ward she represents, and praised her for proving her detractors wrong by being able to connect with and solve her residents' problems.
More than 30 per cent of the ward's residents are senior citizens.
Last night, Mr Lee Hsien Loong said in a speech to some 800 of them: "MacPherson is one of our oldest constituencies, but I sent my youngest candidate here because I was confident that she would be able to establish rapport with the older aunties and uncles and serve them well."
He added: "Of course, there is still a lot to be done, and I hope you will all continue to support her."
Ms Tin, who was 27 years old when she was fielded as a PAP candidate in the May 2011 General Election, came under intense scrutiny during the campaign, with many people asking if she was qualified to be a Member of Parliament. Netizens mocked her for comments that she made during the campaign and in old videos found online.
Among the projects that Ms Tin has worked on in the three years since is a major renovation of MacPherson Community Club.
The CC, which opened in 1970, is among Singapore's oldest. The renovated club has new dance studios, an upgraded gym and a larger active-aging members' room, outfitted with specialised equipment. It has been "brought up-to-date", Mr Lee said.
Last night's dinner guests included Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, as well as Mr Tan Ah Sai, 77, and his wheelchair-bound wife, Madam Koh Kim Keah, 74.
Mr Tan, who visits the community club about three times a week with his wife, welcomed the new access ramp and seniors' exercise corner. "It will make it easier for us to stay healthy," he said in Mandarin.
This article was published on Aug 24 in The Straits Times.
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