Updated: Jul 1
Singapore Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong has spoken!
PM Lee was addressing the press during the introduction of Team PAP for Ang Mo Kio GRC, when a question regarding Mr Ivan Lim Shaw Chuan was raised.
The People's Action Party (PAP) has confidence in its candidate selection process and will stand by its candidates as long as it is satisfied they are fit for the role.
If problems come up, we will look at them. And if nothing is there, then we back our candidate, and he or she must know that if they've done nothing wrong, if they are straight and open and candid with the party, and we know what is the truth, and we are satisfied that he is fit to be a candidate, we will stand by him and we will defend him.
PM Lee, secretary-general of the PAP, said the party chooses, assesses and vets its candidates through a thorough process. But he acknowledged that no process or candidate is perfect. He has, however, confidence in the people the party is fielding in GE2020.
Social media has made it very easy for such criticisms to be circulated and gain currency, whether or not they are well-founded.
PM Lee was probably referring the the "online attacks" on several of PAP candidates, namely Mr Ivan Lim Shaw Chuan, Mr Shawn Huang Wei Zhong and Ms Ng Ling Ling. PM Lee pointed out that such "online attacks" are not new as he cited the attacks on Ms Tin Pei Ling in 2011 when Ms Tin Pei Ling then 27, was first introduced as a PAP candidate.
PAP had confidence in her and kept her on. Ms Tin Pei Ling eventually won the GE2011 with Mr Goh Chok Tong and also won in GE2015 when she contested alone in Macpherson SMC.
I think if we look for the perfect candidate, we will lose many good men and women.
PM Lee said Mr Ivan Lim did the right thing to withdraw and not let the controversy be a distraction at the polls from more serious issues. However, PAP will investigate the veracity of the allegations when the election is over.
We don't have time to settle it now, but we can't simply write off and destroy people like this.
Kudos to PM Lee Hsien Loong! It's great to have a big boss like you!