I refer to the letter “Experience that counts, not looks” (April 23).
As a matter of full disclosure: I, too, will not be able to vote in Marine Parade GRC.
However, I would be offended if the writer is implying that most Singaporeans are unthinking when it comes to assessing the suitability of political candidates to represent them.
From my observations, the support that Ms Nicole Seah has received thus far has been mainly on her own merit.
Ms Seah has been successful in demonstrating her honesty and reliability in offline interactions with friends, colleagues and ordinary Singaporeans prior to her foray into politics. This is evident from the high regard which people hold Ms Seah in when they narrate anecdotes about her principled personal beliefs and professional work ethos.
Furthermore, recent videos of Ms Seah speaking in interviews have been circulating on social media networks. Her intelligence, clarity and persuasion in these videos have been critical in convincing Singaporeans that Ms Seah is a credible candidate.
In light of these two key factors, there is no logical reason why Ms Seah should not receive the support she has garnered. Likewise, there is no evidence to the contrary as to why Singaporeans should not look to Ms Seah for future political representation and leadership.
Laremy LEE (Mr)
(Published as “She has earned the support” on 25 Apr 2011 in TODAYonline.)