Today (10 February 2016), Geylang International Football Club (GIFC) announced that Member of Parliament for MacPherson SMC, Ms Tin Pei Ling, had accepted their invitation to be their Club Adviser. At the Press Conference held at SAFRA Tampines, GIFC explained that as Club Adviser, Ms Tin’s role would be solely to assist the Club in their efforts to reach out to the community including providing guidance in areas like corporate social responsibility and grassroots football programmes, as well as fund-raising activities.
Trolls were however quick to flame the FC and Ms Tin asking what she knew about football and that her role as Club Adviser would destroy the FC. In classic States Times Review style, Alex Tan distorted the facts by claiming that “the "adviser" appointment is the first of its kind in Singapore and is believed to be created to shore up MP Tin Pei Ling's lack of popularity.”
As usual, anti-G trolls did not stop to think.
The role of “Club Adviser” has been in place since the S-League started and has been filled by persons whom the Management Committee (MC) felt would best complement the Vision of the FC. These Club Advisers are therefore brought on to fill technical gaps in the MC or for their connections to help further the FC’s Vision. Most, in fact all, of the former and current Advisers are males and we would not be surprised if they also did not know much about football.
Thus, to people like Alex Tan who do not bother to find out the truth and merely flamed GIFC and Ms Tin purely on the basis of her gender, we say shame on you. You are displaying as much prejudice as being a racist. Not all women know football. Likewise not all men know football too.
Given Ms Tin’s experience in her community, we believe that Geylang International FC has made a wise choice.