Tan Chuan-Jin is cool with being part of the gender-swapped GE2020 candidates

PHOTO: Facebook/Mediacock Singapore, Tan Chuan-Jin

Things are already heating up in the days leading up to GE2020 — political drama abound with sibling conflict, enigmatic farewells and a canned fundraising event.

But some lighthearted hijinks have surfaced amidst the serious theatrics, and Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin has been game enough to partake in the fun. 

Yesterday (June 24), the Marine Parade GRC MP posted on Facebook a gender-swapped version of himself, the product of photo editing via FaceApp and the internet just being the internet. 

“New faces of the People's Action Party (PAP) since we are introducing new candidates...” Tan wrote, expressing his dashed hopes that netizens hadn’t included him in the spree of gender-swapped politicians running for GE2020. 

New faces of the People's Action Party Since we are introducing new candidates... Was hoping they wouldn’t do one for me...but they did... 🤣 #JinSweeBoh? #ChuanQun

Posted by Tan Chuan-Jin on Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Before you ask, yes, there are more of these FaceApp-ed pictures featuring various MPs and ministers. Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung and Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong were turned into strong female characters. 

Tiagong Singapore not enough female Ministers arh.

Posted by Mediacock Singapore on Monday, June 22, 2020

Opposition politicians weren’t able to escape the gender-swapping either. Workers’ Party (WP) chief Pritam Singh, Singapore Democratic Party leader Chee Soon Juan, Singapore People’s Party head Steve Chia and Singapore Democratic Alliance boss Desmond Lim received the same treatment. 

Opposition Chiobuz

Posted by Mediacock Singapore on Monday, June 22, 2020

And just because he’s the prime minister, PM Lee Hsien Loong got a solo post of his own. 

The Chioest of them all

Posted by Mediacock Singapore on Monday, June 22, 2020

Barring the use of photo-editing apps that you should be wary about, this year's election could actually see more women contesting across the political spectrum.

So far, the likes of PAP’s Hany Soh and Nadia Ahmad Samdin have already showcased their calibre, but all eyes are also on the WP’s potential candidate Raeesah Khan as well as other women in the opposition camp. 

ilyas@asiaone.com