Last night’s (July 3) constituency political broadcast — shown on TV and online — featured candidates from the Reform Party (RP) and People’s Action Party (PAP) appealing to residents of Ang Mo Kio GRC.

What caught people’s attention though, wasn’t the pledges or plans proposed, but rather RP’s youngest candidate Charles Yeo.

As party-mate Darren Soh — who was supposed to deliver the message in Mandarin — had fallen ill, it was left to the fresh-faced Yeo to pick up the mantle.

But being in the hot seat (right after the Prime Minister too) seemed to have put him on the spot. Though he stuck to his guns and delivered the speech in both English and Mandarin, his struggle with the latter (something familiar to many millennials) left the internet amused.

Overnight, some netizens have turned it into memes.

Here are some of them:

I don't know how many people wasted their 5mins to hear everything but we summarized in 25 secs

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GE2020 Speeches: Best Charles Yeo Moments

Reform Party's Mr Charles Yeo valiantly stood in for his colleague on MC, giving us a "JIAN CARDBOARD" moment that won't soon be forgotten.Disclaimer: MS News has zero political affiliations. We aim to provide fair coverage which doesn't censor talked about moments. Our goal is to spark interest in local politics via our videos as this affects us all.

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RP AMK Constituency speech

all the best RP! #GEmemes #KMFST #SGMEMES #GE2020

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Reform Party’s Charles Yeo delivers his speech in Mandarin (enhanced) from r/singapore

But to give credit where it is due, here’s a video of Yeo speaking (in English) at a political discussion organised by The National University of Singapore Society, where he’s noticeably more comfortable and in his zone. 

Some netizens also applauded his courage for taking one for the team despite being thrown into the lion’s den and the setbacks.

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