PAP youngest candidate has tech savvy edge

By Gwendolyn Ng and Victoria Barker

DON'T be surprised if you receive a message on social-networking website Facebook from Ms Tin Pei Ling soon.

The new People's Action Party (PAP) candidate intends to use social media to reach out to the younger generation in the lead-up to the upcoming election.

Ms Tin, who sits on the executive committee of the party's youth wing, Young PAP (YP), said: "By building a friendship online, we can then take them into the real world where we sit down, face to face, to interact with each other...and we can have a more constructive discussion."

She also heads YP Media, the team set up to drive YP's virtual, technological and digital outreach. At 27, the senior associate at professional-services company Ernst and Young is the youngest PAP candidate to be introduced so far.

She was speaking at the PAP headquarters in New Upper Changi Road yesterday, where the party's third batch of three fresh candidates was unveiled by PAP chairman Lim Boon Heng.

The other two candidates are Mr Zainal Sapari, 46, director (special duty), Industrial Relations Department of NTUC, and Mr Gan Thiam Poh, 48, senior vice-president of DBS Bank's Institutional Banking Group.

Having observed sentiments aired online on various political issues, Ms Tin said: "Our own activists need to be active out there in the social-media realm...and engage netizens on serious topics."

Her age is also a cause of contention, with netizens expressing their doubts about her capabilities and ability to connect with the older generation.

However, Ms Tin feels that her youth will not be an issue. She has had experience serving as a grassroots leader in the Ulu Pandan ward in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC since the age of 21.

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