Worker's Party (WP) candidate for Sengkang GRC Ms Raeesah Khan (Raeesah Begum Bte Farid Khan) is under investigation after 2 police reports have been lodged against her in relation to comments made on discrimination by Singapore's law enforcement authorities.
According to police statement, Ms Raeesah Khan has allegedly commented that Singapore law enforcement authorities discriminated against citizens, and that compared with other groups, rich Chinese and white people were treated differently under the law.
In the context of a news article on the City Harvest Church ruling, Ms Raeesah Khan allegedly commented that Singapore jailed minorities mercilessly, harassed mosque leaders but let corrupt church leaders who stole S$50 million walk free, and questioned who had been paid.
The Police have consulted the Attorney-General’s Chambers, which advised that an offence of promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion or race under Section 298A of the Penal Code is disclosed.
Ms Raeesah Khan is a new candidate of The Worker's Party and she has been fielded in Singapore GE 2020 to contest new Sengkang GRC together with comrades, Jamus Lim, He Ting Ru and Louis Chua.
New 4-member Sengkang GRC is touted to be one of the hottest seats to be contested in Singapore GE2020.
Will this report jeopardise WP's bid to take down Sengkang GRC? Even after Jamus Lim has managed to win over several voters' hearts? Will The Worker's Party still be able to contest in Sengkang GRC after police investigation has been called on one of the candidates?
Stay tuned for Polling Day results on 10 July 2020.
From Worker's Party website:
Raeesah has been an activist since she was 17. As an activist, she successfully campaigned in Australia against the detention of children seeking asylum and fought the deregulation of tertiary institutions in Australia, in order to keep university education affordable and accessible to all.
She was elected and employed first as General Secretary and then President of the Murdoch University Guild of Students over two years, overseeing an AUD3.1 million organisation, a staff of 100 and various businesses, including food & beverage outlets and a bookshop.
She founded the Reyna Movement, an organisation that operates in Singapore and Johor that aims to empower marginalised women and children through upskilling programs and community engagement. In Singapore, she works through her organisation with women’s shelters, people without homes, at-risk children and low-income families. She has also conducted numerous free workshops and talks at National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University and Singapore University of Social Sciences to educate and inform students about the work her movement does.
We wish Ms Raeesah Khan all the best.