5 serious questions we try to answer after the media pounced on NSP's Kevryn Lim

It is strike one for Kevryn Lim now.

Martino Tan| August 04, 04:46 PM

Although Monday evening's major event was supposed to be the meeting between the Opposition parties, the limelight was stolen by National Solidarity Party's (NSP) Kevryn Lim.

Several media outlets rushed to upload video interviews of the twenty-six year old who was spotted outside NSP's party headquarters where the meeting between parties were held.

Solidarity Party's new face Kevryn Lim, 26, hopes to campaign on education and transport issues such as transport costs and more bus and train services. She was speaking to the media outside NSP's headquarters where opposition parties have gathered to discuss strategy and plan to avoid three-cornered fights. http://str.sg/Zeau

Posted by The Straits Times on Monday, August 3, 2015

Netizens came out to give their comments about the interview, many of them slamming the quality of the response Lim gave.

This raises a few questions with the way everything went down. We try to answer them for you:

1. Why didn't NSP prepare Lim for the media scrum?

It is a little weird that Lim was left outside the party headquarters where members of the media were gathered.

Since NSP is already represented by five leaders (two more than other Opposition parties), Lim's presence was not exactly crucial to the meeting.

The media, hungry for a scoop, would most definitely pounce on an opportunity to interview a fresh face.

Just take a look at how one Lianhe Zaobao reporter pounced on an unsuspecting Nicole Seah when she was just out and about doing her own thing and watching the National Day Parade preview:


NSP could have prepared its candidates better with some holding lines to the media, especially since GE fever is heating up.


2. Why wasn't Lim prepared herself?

Entering politics, serving fellow Singaporeans and standing up to be counted is commendable. It is not easy to put your foot forward and let yourself come under public scrutiny.

With that said, Lim should have been way better prepared to answer basic questions such as what issues she would be focusing on should she become a candidate running for GE2015.

"Transport is something that is affecting me and I hope to resolve this issue as well" is not a quote that will impress many potential voters.

Importantly, she can learn from Seah's earlier example with Lianhe Zaobao and decline to be interviewed as well.


3. Was the media unkind or opportunistic?

It is fair game if Lim granted the media an interview in the first place.

From the looks of it, it seems that Lim accepted an interview with the media. She did not appear ill at ease nor did she attempt to walk away.


4. Will Lim run as a candidate in GE2015?

Could the unpreparedness of Lim be a sign that she is actually not going to be a candidate for NSP for GE2015?

From the NSP Facebook page, photos and hashtags appear to give undue prominence to Lim during their MacPherson SMC walkabout last weekend.

It will not be a surprise if NSP hopes to draw a contrast between Lim and a fellow female candidate in  incumbent PAP MP Tin Pei Ling.

smiles to our Residents in MacPherson! :D#NSP #sgelection #GE2015 #walkabout #macpherson #KevrynLim #CNA #ST #TODAY #mediacorp #Sunday #opposition #VTO

Posted by National Solidarity Party on Saturday, August 1, 2015


5. Will Lim be able to shed her association with Nicole Seah/Tin Pei Ling?

She did herself a disservice when she mentioned that Nicole Seah was an inspiration for her to join politics. She could have indicated that she was her own woman. For instance, no potential PAP Minister would declare to the media that he or she wants to be the next Lee Kuan Yew.

Associating herself with Seah was playing into the narrative of the media and that made it too easy for the media and the public to draw comparisons between the two.

Moreover, she has set an unnecessary high expectation from the public that would be difficult to meet.

Whether or not she is able to build her own identity will be dependent on her ability to give better doorstop interviews in the future.

Our advice for Lim? Contact her senior and inspiration and ask Seah for some tips on how to better handle the media.


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Singaporeans give their verdict on NSP candidate who is fashioning herself as Nicole Seah version 2.0


Top image from NSP Facebook Page

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