PAP MP Tin Pei Ling was appointed S-League’s Geylang Football Club’s “adviser” today (Feb 10) and her role at the club will be “community outreach, corporate social responsibility, grassroots football and fund-raising”.
MP Tin Pei Ling was hit by several sagas during her starting years as a MP including links to nepotism (Tin Pei Ling’s husband was the Prime Minister’s former secretary). In her past 5 years as the MP for Macpherson single-member constituency, Tin Pei Ling has been low profile, offering minimal speeches in Parliament. Public opinion of the PAP MP was not optimistic as she has not submitted any debate that raised the persistently-low quality of discussion in Parliament. Singapore’s parliamentary sessions have often been criticised as an echo chamber for the ruling party, with no opposition voices.
The “adviser” appointment is the first of its kind in Singapore and is believed to be created to shore up MP Tin Pei Ling’s lack of popularity. It is also the first time the MP has been ever involved with Singapore football.