In the realm of modern politics, social media has become a powerful tool for politicians to connect with their constituents. It can also, however, be a double-edged sword, as public figures are subjected to both praise and criticism.
Presidential hopeful Tan Kin Lian was speaking to the media during his walkabout on 21 August, where he addressed reactions to his social media posts about “pretty girls”.
During his walkabout on August 21st at the West Coast Food Centre, Tan responded to queries about his online content and how it’s perceived by the public.
A Lighthearted Approach
Tan Kin Lian acknowledges that his social media posts, specifically those featuring “pretty girls” in various public locations, have garnered attention.
He described the majority of the reactions as “light” and “enjoyable,” emphasizing that a “very small” minority of individuals express discomfort with his content.
In a world where content can be easily shared and magnified, Tan estimates that his Facebook posts collectively reach around a million people.
Tan claimed that his posts about pretty girls are taken as lighthearted and fun by a majority of the people.
Responding to Critics
Acknowledging that not everyone appreciates his content, Tan Kin Lian is unequivocal in his response to those who take issue with his posts.
He firmly states that those who don’t like his content should simply choose to disengage. Tan’s stance is clear: if his posts don’t align with an individual’s preferences, they are under no obligation to interact with his content.
Ignoring Malicious Comments
Tan also addresses the issue of negative comments and criticism. He acknowledges that there have been instances of “nasty comments” directed at him.
These comments question his motives for posting certain content. Tan categorizes such comments as “malicious” and believes that they are intended to portray him in a negative light. In response, he encourages individuals with such perspectives to refrain from engaging with his content altogether.
A Larger Perspective
Tan Kin Lian doesn’t view these criticisms solely as a reflection of his persona; he extends this perspective to encompass other public figures as well. He cites fellow presidential aspirant Ng Kok Song as an example. Tan alleges that Ng has also faced similar malicious comments. Tan perceives this negativity as part and parcel of being a public figure.
Through it all, Tan Kin Lian emphasizes that his purpose for standing for election isn’t driven by personal glory. He believes that Singapore needs individuals who can influence the government and bring about positive changes. For Tan, this purpose far outweighs the criticisms and negativity he may encounter along the way.