Friday, March 25, 2011

Tin Pei Ling People's Action Party Youngest Candidates

PAP's youngest face in polls?

THE People's Action Party (PAP) may field one of its youngest candidates ever in the coming polls, party sources said.

The potential candidate is 27-year-old business consultant Tin Pei Ling, who will be the youngest woman candidate in recent history, and the youngest since former Speaker Tan Soo Khoon was fielded in 1976, also at age 27.

Ms tin pei ling sits on the executive committee of Young PAP, the party's youth wing, and has been a grassroots leader in the Ulu Pandan ward in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC since the age of 21.

She is married to civil servant Ng How Yue, who is principal private secretary to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

When contacted, Ms tin pei ling declined to comment on her possible candidacy. 'It would be quite presumptuous to think that I will definitely be a candidate,' she said.

'But if asked, I would definitely consider it. And if I make the decision to stand, I would give it my best shot.'


Tin Pei Ling
Three years ago, when an Ulu Pandan resident approached People's Action Party (PAP) activist Tin Pei Ling claiming to be Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew's relative, she knew something was amiss.

Ms Tin Pei Ling,
Ulu Pandan branch

Wearing a jaunty white cap and coloured hair, the ceremony’s energetic emcee, Ms Tin Pei Ling, 26, stood out. Her youth and zest garnered her one of five medals given to outstanding young PAP members.

Tin Pei Ling is currently the vice-chairman of the Young PAP sub-committee in the Ulu Pandan branch.

The business and management consultant told Petir that she was approached to join the Party five years ago, at a coffeeshop in Ghim Moh Block 19.

“My father, who is active at the grassroots level, ran a coffeeshop where Dr Vivian Balakrishnan and PAP volunteers went for supper after meet-the-people sessions,” said Ms Tin, an only child who used to help translate for her Chinese-educated father.

“One night he asked me to go and say hi, and Dr Vivian asked me to help out in the MPS sessions. How could I say no?”

Tin Pei Ling now compiles online feedback about the PAP. Some of it is cynical, Tin Pei Ling said. “Maybe some young people feel a need to be different and they express it by being anti-establishment.”

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