Thailand tourism board gets voting envy during election weekend, creates its own polling

The Tourism Authority of Thailand's (TAT) Singapore branch office has posted another election-related ad, this time in line with polling day on 10 July. This comes a week after TAT posted a social ad with a tongue-in-cheek reference to the "East Coast plan"- a phrase that was used by deputy prime minister Heng Swee Keat during this nomination speech. 

In its most recent Facebook post, TAT created a form that looks similar to the voting slip for Singapore's General Elections 2020 (GE2020). The form showed the question "Where will you be going on a holiday once travel restrictions have been lifted?", with Thailand being the only option on it. The form is also titled "Form 555", a reference to how Thai netizens show that they are laughing on online platforms. 

With the caption "Voting from my heart", the Facebook post has garnered 662 positive reactions, 176 comments, and 1,400 shares at the time of writing.

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The GE2020 has been the buzz on social media this weekend, with polling day recently concluded on 10 July. According to Twitter, the platform saw the highest peak of 10,726 tweets per hour at midnight on 11 July, when sample vote counts were announced for Sengkang, Hougang, East Coast, and West Coast. The other peak of the night took place at 3am when the Worker's Party claimed victory for the Sengkang group representation constituency.

Sengkang seemed to dominate the conversation on Twitter, with the most tweeted hashtags concerning two of Worker's Party candidates Raeesah Khan (#IStandWithRaeesah) and Jamus Lim (#JamusLim1stWin). The other trending hashtags were #GE2020, #SengKang, and #PAPSingapore.

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