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Monday, May 09, 2011

General Election accidental star - Yam Ah Mee, Returning Officer

Mr Yam Ah Mee is now one of the most recognisable faces in town after having appeared 27 times to announce the winner of each constituency (both GRCs and SMCs) in the Singapore General Election 2011 polling results.

Yam is actually the chief executive officer of the People's Association and was one of the driving forces behind the LTA's Land Transport Master Plan. He was appointed Returning Officer for the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections in June last year, succeeding Tan Boon Huat, who has retired. Lest you think he's all talk, he's also chief of the President of the Harvard Club and Harvard Club of Singapore's Volunteer program. This is his actual Facebook profile.

Less than 24 hours after the announcement of polling results ended, he is described as robotic. Facebook Fan page is set up (33,908 likes so far) and Twitter account (564 followers) are setup for him.

There's even a YouTube video making fun, mimicking him as he spoke, repeating the line,

Pursuant to Section 49, Sub Section 70, Paragraph A of the Parliamentary Act, I hereby declare...

when announcing the individual polling results.

In my opinion, Mr Yam is merely doing a job, one which is serious and demands minimal mistakes when announcing names of candidates, especially in front of national TV. Looking neutral is important to show he is not in favour of any party. Kudos to him!

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