An Internet election has taught me the power of social media and our dual role as citizens and netizens today. With greater scrutiny comes more uninvited attacks—baseless or not—and of course, greater vigilance of the candidates and crisis management on the Party’s leadership becomes a crucial skill.
Whilst this article does not attempt to investigate the truth behind the accusations towards the individuals, we placed the responses of the accused, party leadership, and a bonus feature—their comrades’ reactions to the matter—in a parallel fashion to juxtapose the crisis management between the two.
Yours to judge.
Ivan Lim faced four main allegations:
“We expect our candidates to be able to stand up and address any concerns that were raised about them.”
PAP — Response came 2 days later:
Through an exchange of letters, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, Secretary-General of PAP, accepted Lim’s withdrawal. In the letter, Mr. Lee also explained that due to the nature of the campaign, they “do not have time for a thorough investigation” yet.
Subsequently, Mr. Xie Yao Quan (also Mr. Ong Ye Kung’s cousin) was introduced by the PAP to replace Lim.
WP—Response came on the day of allegation:
Mr. Pritam Singh, Secretary-General of WP, was present at the informal “press conference” and took the questions from the floor. On his position on Khan’s candidacy, he expressed that he would be disappointed if his candidates try to “sanitise their past as they should be upfront and authentic to the public, this is who they are” and “in any event whether there are certain posts or comments that are untoward, then I would expect them to explain themselves”.
Not applicable as Mr. Lim pulled out before nomination day. Otherwise, his prospective teammates would have been Miss Rahayu Mahzam, Mr. Shawn Huang, Mr. Tan Wu Meng, and leader Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
Miss Khan’s teammates—Dr. Jamus Lim, Miss He Ting Run, and Mr. Louis Chua—who are contesting in Sengkang GRC were present during the 5 July informal media address. In Mr. Singh’s words:
“Their presence here today already should give you an indication of what sort of team spirit the Sengkang WP team has.”
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