Tin Pei Ling has won over hearts and minds: PM Lee

Tin Pei Ling has won over hearts and minds: PM Lee
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.

SINGAPORE - In a Facebook status posted today, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong praised Ms Tin Pei Ling, MP for Marine Parade GRC, for having worked hard to win over the hearts and minds of her residents.

He wrote: "In the last general election, I sent Tin Pei Ling, our youngest candidate, to MacPherson, which has many old residents. I was confident that she could establish rapport with the uncles and aunties, and serve residents well.

"The last three years have proved this so. Pei Ling and her team of activists and volunteers have worked hard. Some were sceptical at first, but she and her team have won over many hearts and minds."

He gave the example of the refreshed MacPherson Community Club he reopened yesterday as an example of the work of Ms Tin and her team.

"A big thank you to Pei Ling, the GRLs, and volunteers for continuing to build on the good work of former MPs Mr Chua Sian Chin and Mr Matthias Yeo, and the pioneer activists in MacPherson!" he wrote.

At time of publication, the post has since gotten 741 likes and 21 shares. The majority of the comments appeared to agree with PM Lee's sentiments.

Some of the Facebook comments to Mr Lee's post:

"I was one of those who were rather sceptical of her post-GE 2011, but I think she has proven that with determination & hard work you can change the mindsets of people. Congrats to Miss Tin & her team." - Facebook user Leena Kumari

"It is always best not to jump into conclusions of a person, give him or her a chance to prove himself or herself." - Dolly Tang

"Chris Tan Ms Tin has been doing great work in MacPherson! Although she might have gotten some bad press when she was just elected, I think she has done well on the ground, as evidenced by all the good work with her residents. Jiayou Tin Pei Ling!" - Chris Tan

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