by Yaw Shin Leong on Sunday, 15 January 2012 at 23:26
In the Straits Times yesterday, there was a special report titled ‘The Social Politician’. (Part D, Saturday, 14th January 2012). I read through the report and was a little surprised to find myself listed in all the eight categories. The eight categories & my respective rankings were:
1) Top 10 MPs who generated the most buzz on social media - 3rd Place
2) Top 10 MPs in terms of audience size on Facebook and Twitter - 2nd Place
3) Top 10 MPs who post most frequently on Facebook - 4th Place
4) Top 10 MPs who leave the most number of comments on FB wall - 3rd Place
5) MPs who got the most number of comments from Netizens - 6th Place
6) MPs who use social media most effectively are - 3rd Place (Joint)
7) Buzz per output ranking - 7th Place
8) Top 10 MPs in terms of share of positive comments out of all comments received - 4th Place
While these rankings don’t mean much to me and will not change the way how I interact with Singaporeans both online or offline, still understanding these categories and rankings means that every single word and action from me does have an influence to a varying degree, at least via the social media!
Of course we remember Uncle Ben Parker (from Spiderman) who said ‘With great power comes great responsibility’. As such I would like to take this opportunity to leverage upon the little influence I have to share some responsible words of encouragements with my fellow younger Singaporeans.
In life, we are unique beings and we must have purpose-driven convictions. Strong purpose driven convictions are the inextinguishable fuel that propels our passion.
Since we are imperfect beings, we must have the courage to admit mistakes. For the courage to admit mistakes, to apologize and to take corrective actions are the hallmarks of personal leadership.
If you have a passion for something, find out the reasons behind that something. Talk to your friends and loved ones, if those reasons are worthy. Pursue your passion with deep convictions unceasingly until success is to come.
Likewise, if you think you have made mistakes, talk to your friends and loved ones, even if those are serious mistakes, acknowledge them. Do not attempt to cover one mistake with another. Two wrongs do not make one right. Acknowledge them, take corrective actions and reconcile yourself with those around you.
Guess the above were too philosophical for the night. I will stop here and I better do so. This is because similar to my fellow WP MPs I’m also in the midst of finalizing my parliamentary speech on ministerial salaries for this week's sitting!