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Yam Ah Mee

May 9, 2011 by staff 

Yam Ah MeeYam Ah Mee, An unlikely star was born at dawn yesterday, as Singapore gathered to watch the live television coverage of the general election.

No, was not prominent opposition member elected under Thia Khiang, Sylvia Lim and his party newcomer Show Mao Chen. It was Mr Yam Ah Mee, 53, the choice of returning Officer (RO).

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong appointed the executive director of the People’s Association to the post, before the election.

He made an overnight sensation when he announced – with a straight face and steady rate – 26 times winners electorate with its lines of development: “In accordance with Article 49, Subsection 7e, Section A of the Parliamentary Elections Act I declare … ”

A search on YouTube the man returned at least eight videos humorous tribute to the ads on your blank.

A video set their ads on Auto-Tune, and another that is mixed with club music. “This is just for fun, of course. The full respect for the man!” wrote FallenSuperheroSG YouTube user, the video operator Yam Ah Mee Club Mix.

Singaporean bloggers like Mr Brown, who even called Yam “Robocop” Ah Mee.

On Facebook fan page titled “Yam Ah Mee, Returning Officer Extraordinary” has more than 30,000 “likes” in less than 24 hours – testament to its increasing popularity.

Fans have even suggested that he run for president or become the “anchor of the news every night, good calming effect.” A reader of my article, Mr Eugene Yeo, 29, wrote at night to sing praises of Mr Yam.

He wrote: “. I love this man – no one can beat his calm demeanor in delivering results within a room full of bright lights and filled with a phalanx of reporters that a mere mortal earthquake and babbling to do what he did yesterday morning. ”

He added that the voice heard Mr Yam was reminded that “behind the scenes of each election, a team of officers who walk in silence in their functions, staffing polling stations to counting votes, one of which is become Singapore’s most beloved figure – the official return. ”

In fact, judging by the surge in popularity, many Singaporeans are expected to see Mr Yam, again at the next general election, impeccably dressed, and reading the results in stride.

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