The most unlikely internet star for SG Election 2011 – Yam Ah Mee

The internet/social media never fails to surprise people. Before the election day, who would have thought that the Returning Officer, Mr Yam Ah Mee, would become an overnight sensation.

It’s crazy. A Facebook page was created for him. Within a day, more than 34,000 fans have joined the unofficial page (which by the way, have a typo). This definitely put those candidates with a few thousand Facebook fans to shame. There’s even 2 parody twitter accounts. @Yamahmee and @fake_yamahmee. At one point, the hashtag #YahAhMee was trending on Twitter too. Who would have guessed that?
And you know you reached certain internet stardom when people start using you for remixes. Some of them are pretty good actually.
Yam Ah Mee Club Mix

Breaks mix


I’m sure there will be more coming over the next few days.
Nobody knows exactly why Yam Ah Mee suddenly become so popular online. Maybe people are bored while waiting for the elections results to be announced. Maybe it’s his hairstyle. Or the way he reads out the results.
But honestly, his job isn’t easy. Imagine being the person on national TV announcing the election results. There’s so many difficult to pronounce name and large numbers to read. There’s not much room for mistakes. And he cannot show any expression when announcing the results. Not even when his favorite party won by a huge margin. Not everyone can do it. Good job sir.
I think we might have a new internet meme: “Pursuant to Section 49, Sub-Section 7E, Paragraph A of the Parliamentary Election Act, I declare….” and insert the things you want to say.
By the way, in case you are wondering, Parliamentary Election Act, Section 49, Sub-Section 7E, Paragraph A says:

where the total number of overseas electors lawfully entitled to vote at the election in that electoral division is less than the difference between the number of votes given to the candidates or (as the case may be) groups of candidates with the 2 greatest number of votes, the Returning Officer shall declare the candidate or (as the case may be) group of candidates to whom the greatest number of votes is given to be elected;


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