According to a report by The Straits Times, Singapore blogging queen Xiaxue is considering submitting an application for the upcoming vacant posts as five of the current nine members of parliament are stepping down from their two-and-a-half year term.
Xiaxue, whose real name is Wendy Cheng, is a 34-year-old blogger known for her powerful social media reach with Singaporean netizens, her pink hair, and very loud opinions.
With 600,000 followers on Instagram and 400,000 on YouTube, she definitely has the readership and followers to back up her application–at least when it comes to how many people are listening to her.
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PSA: I’m going to run for Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP). 💁🏼♀️ I don’t know if this will be my seat if I get selected but it was empty in this picture so I photoshopped myself inside. I think I really look like I belong. . Anyway if you guys don’t know what an NMP is, NMPs are members of parliament who are appointed by the President. They are not affiliated to any political party and do not represent any constituency. 9 are appointed every 2.5 years to bring more independent voices into parliament. The NMPs can participate in debates in parliament as well as vote on most issues. . A NMP should have: . ✅ Rendered distinguished public service ✅ brought honour to Singapore ✅ Is a community leader. Erm leading the Internet media that’s like a community right? . I definitely fulfill all the criteria 😂 They should also hold independent and non-partisan views, which I do! So in other words I’m perfect? 😊 . In all seriousness for so many years people have always told me to use my influence for good and now I think I’ll try to. Maybe I can actually change the world a little. The internet is the way to get the voices of the people, and I want to bring these voices to parliament. There are many issues I’m passionate about which I’m sure loyal followers already know of, and I want to fight for these issues. Anyway, NMPs are not elected by the public. The public simply nominate them. I’m not sure where the nomination should be sent to but I suppose you can try to do it in the comments if you think I should be NMP. After the nominations a select committee of 7 MPs will erm, select. . Yeah ok now you can write your comment in the format: “I nominate Xiaxue as NMP because…” or do your own post with #xiaxueforNMP! Thanks! 😍 *politician goodbye wave* . Ps: It’s April’s Fool but I’m NOT joking. Pps: edited. Made a mistake, chosen once every 2.5 years, not every year
In a post she published on her Instagram account on April 1, she expressed desire to be chosen as an NMP. She encouraged her followers to nominate her as she was not aware of the nomination process yet.
She also said that she definitely fulfilled the criteria for NMP.
In an interview with The Straits Times, she also said, “Being an MP isn’t really viable. It’s a full-time job.”
What do netizens have to say about her move?
As expected of any politician, Xiaxue has both detractors and supporters. Here’s what they have to say about her plan to be part of Singapore’s Parliament.
Some commented on which group of Singaporeans she could represent best.
Others offered insight on who looked up to Wendy Cheng.
Others supported her desire to join Parliament.
Others had comments on another country’s politics. What it had to do with Xiaxue
A lot of the comments on her Instagram post were as such:
Some commenters said the Parliament needed a breath of fresh air and a woman.
Some said that the Parliament really needed someone like her even if the comment did not come from a Singaporean.
While others wanted more people to have her iconic look.
What do you think of her plan to join Parliament? Let us know in the comments!
Header image from Xiaxue Instagram account.