NDP 2013: Best & Worst Dressed Politicians
For those MPs who need fashion advice, please contact MP Baey Yam Keng.
It was an NDP first last year. All the Members of Parliament turned out in red and white outfits, instead of the pure-as-snow white of the People’s Action Party, or the blue-as-sky Workers’ Party’s blue.
It was intended as an inclusive gesture by the government, where MPs will now live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their party uniforms, but by the content and character of their fashion sense.
Congratulations to the MPs who dazzled Singaporeans with what they wore. For those who failed to make the grade this year, you have three more chances before the next general election.
1. Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong
No, no, and how about no? One should never wear pink with a horizontal white stripe across your chest, unless that is supposed to be a nipple brace.
2. MPs Pritam Singh, Yee Jenn Jong, Png Eng Huat, Low Thia Khiang, Sylvia Lim, Muhamad Faisal Manap, Lee Li Lian, Gerald Giam and Chen Show Mao
Is black the new white? Or are these MPs allergic to white?
3. MP Gan Thiam Poh, with MPs Chen Show Mao and Ang Hin Kee
Cat in the Hat?
4. MP Tin Pei Ling, with MP Baey Yam Keng
5. The Prime Ministers
The confidential memo on dress code (red with white) was wrongly interpreted by one of the PMs as “red + white”.
Raise your hand if you had been a Prime Minister previously. Raise two hands if you are the present PM.
6. Minister of State Amy Khor
7. Acting Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, MPs Zaqy Mohamad, Seah Kian Peng, Teo Ser Luck and Edwin Tong (from left to right)
Who says we cannot create our own uniform? We “Just Do It”.
8. MPs Ang Wei Neng, Foo Mee Har, Intan Azura Mokhtar, Desmond Lee and Muhamad Faisal Manap (from left to right)
Who is the odd one out? The MP who wears her heart on her sleeves.
9. Minister Yaacob Ibrahim and Parliamentary Secretary Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim
And the Best Dressed Politician Award goes to…
10. MP Baey Yam Keng
When he was unveiled as the new candidate in 2006, the metrosexual MP’s wowed us with his party whites, belt and shoes from Zara, the Spanish high-street label.
In 2010, Baey decided to go for a scruffier look. According to the Straits Times, he “started growing facial hair when he was on holiday in Phuket with his family”. He said that he “was encouraged by his wife to keep the scruff because she thought it suited his face and looked good on him.”
Today, he continues to be a breath of fresh air compared to his staid party mates.
Check out the plaudit from a Democratic Action Party politician across the Causeway.