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26/12/2017
Society, Monthly Spotlight

2017 in Review: News Personalities of the Year

Who We Loved

President and former Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob was voted as the ‘stylo milo’ favourite Singaporean news personality of the year (17%), ahead of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (13%).

Low Thia Kiang, leader of the key opposition party, the Workers’ Party ranked third with 10% of the votes.

Amongst Singaporeans aged 15-24 however, Xiao Ming, the face and founding member of SGAG, a social media content site was the most popular (15%).

…and Who We Loved to Hate

Teen blogger and YouTube personality Amos Yee who has successfully sought asylum in the United States came in top as the newsmaker most Singaporeans love to hate (20%).

With a portfolio plagued with SMRT woes, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan ranked second at 17% and SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek coming in fourth at 11%.

Ahead of Kuek, in third place was City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee who is currently serving a 3.5 years jail term for the misappropriation of funds.

One of the key protagonists in the Oxley Road affair, PM Lee’s younger brother Lee Hsien Yang ranked fifth as our favourite villain at 6%.