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Four candidates in the running for the Ministry of Social Media

We can probably learn a thing or two from our social media savvy politicians.

Lim Yu Jia
Lim Yu Jia

Published: 17 August 2016, 2:53 AM

Nine out of 10 Singaporeans are equipped with smartphones, which pretty much reduces us to a nation of social media zombies.

So, it is hardly surprising to see more local politicians trying to win in various social media platforms. Instead of posting the standard selfies, we are starting to see photos taken with 360-degree action cameras too.

Here is a list of politicians who have smashed stereotypes while proving they are as social media savvy as us.

1. Tan Chuan-Jin just wanna have fun

The first candidate on our list is the Minister for Social and Family Development, Tan Chuan-Jin, who has over 15k followers on Twitter. His timeline is usually filled with retweets about current affairs. In recent weeks, his support for the #OneTeamSG athletes in Rio was pretty apparent.

Which is why it came as a pleasant surprise when the Marine Parade GRC MP was recently caught following SGAG (local version of 9GAG) on Twitter, prompting the latter to post a meme on Instagram to celebrate the occasion. (PS: Tan Chuan-Jin is following Youth.SG on Twitter too, just saying…)

Who says ministers can’t have fun? Who knows, the minister may just be learning a thing or two from “Mr. SGAG”, who has over 239k followers on Twitter.

CAN YOU IMAGINE OUR MINISTERS LAUGHING TO MEMES?
IF THEY ALL SHARED OUR SENSE OF HUMOUR, THAT IS.
PHOTO CREDIT: SGAG INSTAGRAM

2. Teo Ser Luck wants to catch 'em all too

It has only been two weeks since the Pokémon GO has arrived in Singapore, and many Singaporeans have been busy training and catching Pokémon across the island.

The same goes for our Minister of State for Manpower, Teo Ser Luck. Just a few hours after the release of Pokémon GO in Singapore, he shared a photo of him training to be the very best while queuing for bak chor mee at a hawker centre.

THE PASIR RIS-PUNGGOL MP SHARED THIS PHOTO ON FACEBOOK, WITH THE CAPTION: “YOU WAIT… I QUEUE FOR MY BAK CHOR MEE FIRST!”
PHOTO CREDIT: TEO SER LUCK / FACEBOOK

Similarly, former Minister for Foreign Affairs, George Yeo, also posted photos of the various pokéstops in Singapore that were “opened” by him.

GEORGE YEO SAID HE IS “THRILLED TO HAVE OPENED A POKÉSTOP”.
PHOTO CREDIT: GEORGE YEO / FACEBOOK

3. Baey Yam Keng sure knows how to capture our hearts

Probably one of our more “hipster” MPs in Singapore, Baey Yam Keng seems to be the clear front-runner for the Ministry of Social Media.

To date, this new-age politician has over 16k followers and 2,877 posts on Instagram. Basically, he is the politician with the most number of Insta posts in Singapore.

BAEY YAM KENG IS THE UNDISPUTED KING OF SELFIES AND WEFIES.
PHOTO CREDIT: BAEY YAM KENG INSTAGRAM

During the recent National Day Parade, the Tampines GRC MP posted a heart-warming wefie on Instagram with his fellow MPs, including opposition leader Low Thia Khiang.  He sure knows how to win our hearts. (And our likes).

4. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (because it is self-explanatory)

There are two reasons why PM Lee should be labelled as the most social media savvy minister in Singapore. Firstly, he has an impressive 248,000 followers on Instagram, a feat that remains unbeaten by any other minister.

Secondly, his photography skills are always on point. Just take a look at this:

IF PM LEE DECIDES TO START HIS OWN PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS ONE DAY, PLEASE COUNT US IN.
PHOTO CREDIT: LEE HSIEN LOONG INSTAGRAM

Plus, an official visit to the United States two weeks ago did not stop him from snapping away with his smartphone as well.

PM LEE WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO TAKE A GOOD PHOTO… EVEN IF IT MEANS SQUATTING ON THE GROUND.
PHOTO CREDIT: THE STRAITS TIMES

By the way, he also took over The White House’s Instagram account during his short trip there with his wife. What can this man, who is also good at coding, not do?!

THE WHITE HOUSE ALSO DID A MUTUAL TAKEOVER WITH LEE HSIEN LOONG’S ACCOUNT.
PHOTO CREDIT: THE WHITE HOUSE INSTAGRAM

So, if you’re still wondering why your social media posts are not receiving the love they deserve, take a leaf out of our politicians’ books. You might just end up being in the running for the Ministry of Social Media too!


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