GE2015: What politicians said on social media after general election called

Politicians, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, reacted after the Writ of Election was issued on Aug 25, 2015.  He is seen here at the National Day Rally on Aug 23.
Politicians, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, reacted after the Writ of Election was issued on Aug 25, 2015. He is seen here at the National Day Rally on Aug 23.PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

SINGAPORE - The social media sphere lit up with election posts once the Writ of Election was issued on Tuesday (Aug 25) afternoon.

Just minutes after, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong posted the Writ on his Facebook page. He called for Singaporeans to give him the mandate to take Singapore "beyond SG50, into its next half century".

He also wrote: "Together, we can keep Singapore special for many years to come."

MacPherson incumbent Tin Pei Ling, who gave birth barely a month ago, promptly put up a post about the issues she had championed in Parliament during her first term as a Member of Parliament.

The People's Action Party (PAP) MP is running as a solo candidate this coming election in MacPherson ward. The ward, which was part of Marine Parade GRC in the 2011 elections, has been carved out as a single-member constituency.

Both the Workers' Party (WP) and National Solidarity Party (NSP) have expressed interest to contest there.

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, who is leading a team in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, had changed his profile photo a few hours earlier to one of him wearing a white shirt with a PAP logo. The caption: "Changing my profile pic to match the season."

He followed up with another post right after elections were called.

Senior Minister of State Josephine Teo, part of the PAP Bishan Toa-Payoh team, also changed her profile photo to one emblazoned with the PAP logo.

Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, who is known for having been active on social media since he entered politics, took a nostalgic look back at the start of his political journey. He is likely to contest in Marine Parade GRC, but the PAP has yet to formally announce its candidates in the ward.

Singapore People's Party (SPP) candidate Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss, who is running in Mountbatten against the PAP's Mr Lim Biow Chuan, declared that she had been expecting this day since 2011.

Another SPP candidate, Mr Ravi Philemon, gave a shout out for volunteers for his campaign in Hong Kah North SMC. He will be facing Senior Minister of State Amy Khor of the PAP.

WP's Mr Yee Jenn Jong took a more relaxed approach, with a post about him preparing for a barbecue with Mrs Chong-Aruldoss.

The non-constituency MP wrote: "Just as well that we are doing a BBQ as house visits will be stopped from writ of elections till nomination day."

He is, however, dressed in WP blue.