Charles Yeo Rejected Razer Boss Tan Min-Liang’s Offer of a Free Customised Mousepad

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Lest you’re unaware, rejection is a common occurrence in life.

It could be anything, really: getting rejected by your crush, getting rejected by the shopkeeper because you’re too young to get cigs

Or even having your kind offer rejected because your paths do not coincide.

No matter the case, however, it’s important that we move on; just like how Razer Boss Tan Min-Liang kept calm and carried on after getting rejected…

By Reform Party (RP) candidate and a casual gamer himself: Charles Yeo.

Charles Yeo Rejected Razer Boss Tan Min-Liang’s Offer of a Free Customised Mousepad

If you’ve watched the recent general election on TV, you would surely have taken notice of Charles Yeo, one of two Reform Party (RP) candidates who turned up to challenge Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s reign in Ang Mo Kio GRC.

During the broadcast, he had some difficulty delivering a Mandarin-language speech, which was originally intended to be delivered by a team-mate.

Despite getting the short end of the stick, however, he ploughed through and even earned the praise of Ho Ching herself, who commended him on his bravery for taking on the responsibility “despite his language handicap”.

You can find out more here.

Suffice it to say, Charles Yeo has earned respect across the board for his resolution, and some have even advocated their support for him in one form or another…

Including the CEO of Razer himself, Tan Ming-Liang.

On 12 July, Tan shared (via a Facebook post) how he has become the “go-to-guy for many politicians who are trying to decipher the post-elections gaming memes”.

Image: Facebook (Min-Liang Tan)

For instance, Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam was referred to as the “hard carry” in Jurong GRC. In gaming terminology, it’s similar to a “Most Valuable Player” title.


Tan then implored for readers to post their own post-election gaming memes in the comments section, and it wasn’t long before someone brought up Yeo’s name.

Image: Facebook (Min-Liang Tan)

In response, Min asked whether anyone knew Yeo personally, as he wished to gift the candidate with some Razer gear for “his performance”.

Image: Facebook (Min-Liang Tan)

For the record, the Mandarin phrase in question is a reference to something Yeo conveyed in his speech. It means that society has regressed, or declined.

Different Paths

After being tagged, Yeo himself turned up to reply in the comments.


Unfortunately, he ultimately decided to turn down Tan’s offer – the reason being that Razer has allegedly been “very clearly linked to the establishment in Singapore and the PAP regime”.

You can view the full response here:

Image: Facebook (Min-Liang Tan)

Later on, Tan expressed that he’s actually apolitical.

He also commended Yeo for his speech.


Image: Facebook (Min-Liang Tan)

Well, I guess that’s one more Razer mousepad for the crowd.

As for why Yeo was one of just two political candidates to turn up on the eventful day, it’s because the other members happened to be unavailable on the day when the broadcast recording was slated to proceed.

One member, in particular, RP candidate Jeyaretnam, had returned from the United Kingdom at the end of June. Due to the mandatory 14-day stay-home notice, he was unable to attend.

According to the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the Reform Party (RP) had sent an email request half an hour before the broadcast, asking to postpone the recording slot.


It was, however, turned down, as it might affect the recording for other parties and candidates.

And on a side note, politicians have been talking about NCMP (Non-Constituency Member of Parliament) in recent days. So, what’s an NCMP? Do you know that it’s just like an MP but the allowance is much lower? Watch this video to find out more:

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