Here’s what happened today in GE news:
- WP’s Raeesah Khan apologises for comments that are currently under police investigation, says remarks were made “in [her] passion”, and that she “regret[s] making them” and will be “accountable for them”. WP Sec-Gen Pritam Singh says that “investigations are still ongoing” and “we have to allow that process (to) take its course”. Singh also adds that he thinks candidates “should be upfront and authentic to the public”.
- PAP, in a press release, asks WP to make clear its stand on Raeesah Khan’s posts, calls Khan’s statements “highly derogatory… about Chinese and Christians”. Investigations by the authorities were still being conducted at the time of the press release.
In candidate news…
- PAP’s Hougang candidate, Lee Hong Chuang, accused by WP candidate, Dennis Tan, of falsely claiming credit for Neighbourhood Renewal Programmes carried out by the WP. Tan explained that the NRP was carried out by the WP-run Aljunied-Hougang Town Council, and that this is not the first time the PAP’s Lee has tried to falsely claim credit for works he did not carry out.
- PAP candidate in Aljunied, Shamsul Kamar, clarifies that packages of bird’s nest, wrapped with a name card bearing Kamar’s face and name and distributed in a grassroots capacity, were donations from grassroots leaders and were not purchased using public funds. Kamar is the People’s Association grassroots advisor in the WP-held Aljunied GRC despite not being the elected MP.
- POFMA correction order issued to CNA, Online Citizen Asia, NUS Society, and New Naratif over SDP’s Paul Tambyah’s comments about the MOM “actively discouraging” the testing of migrant workers and doing so “without the advice from public health professionals”.
- SDP’s Tambyah says PAP twisted his words, denies claiming that that task force did not rely on medical experts, also says that MOM did indeed issue the advisory discouraging testing; “ultimately, the responsibility lies with MOM”.
And in all other news…
- Man arrested after allegedly damaging a PAP election poster in Woodlands.
- ELD asks parties to avoid chanting party slogans to reduce COVID-19 transmission. This after several incidents of PSP and PAP teams engaging in shouting matches with each other.
- PAP’s Heng Swee Keat asks WP to be “transparent and accountable”, asks why WP opposes the NCMP scheme yet still takes NCMP seats that are offered to it.
- PAP’s Heng Swee Keat asks “what will investors and other countries think” if PAP does not win “a strong mandate again”.
Top image: The Straits Times