Not easy to discern character

I fear that Mr Michael Ang, who has urged people not to be swayed by charisma in this election, will be sadly disappointed ("Don't be swayed by charisma"; Sept 4).

The reality of life is that we are all, in one way or another, persuaded by people with this very quality.

Mr Ang has hailed character as the preferred option, but charisma and character can co-exist in the same person.

It is also not easy to discern character, as it needs to be uncovered over time and over varied circumstances, as one works with a person.

Kwan Hoa Kun