Singapore GE2020 : WP's Raeesah Khan apologises for posts which allegedly promoted enmity between different groups
SINGAPORE - Two police reports have been made against Workers' Party candidate for Sengkang GRC Raeesah Khan over the weekend, in relation to comments she allegedly made on discrimination by Singapore's law enforcement authorities.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
Police said in a statement on Sunday (July 5) that she had 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.
Another police report was made over a separate post. In the context of a news article on the City Harvest Church ruling, she was alleged to have commented that Singapore jailed minorities mercilessly, harassed mosque leaders but let"corrupt church leaders who stole $50 million" free.
Speaking to the media on Sunday evening, Ms Raeesah apologised for making the posts.She said:"My intention was never to cause any social division but to raise awareness to minority concerns. I apologise to any racial group or community who have been hurt by my comments.
"My remarks were insensitive, and I regret making them. I feel really passionate about minority issues regardless of race, and in my passion I made improper remarks, and I have to be accountable for them. I will fully cooperate in any police investigations."
WP chief Pritam Singh said Ms Raeesah, 26, is the youngest candidate on the WP's slate and comes from a generation that has"completely grown up on social media".He said:"For me personally, I don't encourage, and I would be actually a bit disappointed if our candidates were to try to sanitise their past. I think they should be upfront and authentic to the public.
"This is who they are, and in the event there are certain posts or certain comments that they may have made which are untoward, then I would expect them to explain themselves."Mr Singh also said he has no regrets fielding her and that she will continue with her campaign.
"I know that she takes each case very seriously, regardless of race, regardless of religion. She's very vested in what issue the resident is facing," he said."I think those are very important criteria for me personally to consider someone for candidature: Whether you are able to put yourself and walk a mile in the shoes of someone who needs help and assistance, so I've got no regrets for fielding a candidate who is like that, who is prepared to walk with residents and solve their problems and issues, and I think that's an important criteria, which resulted in Raeesah being selected as a candidate."
The Straits Times understands that both of the posts in question were made on her personal Facebook account.One post was made on May 17 about an incident involving seven foreigners violating social distancing rules at Robertson Quay during the circuit breaker period.
"Imagine if this was a group of minorities," she had said, adding that she saw police patrolling a hawker centre and supermarket near her house every day to ensure that people practise social distancing and mask-wearing."Do you see police officers here? Imagine if this was a neighbourhood hawker centre. There would be policemen swarming the area and enforcing the law within minutes," Ms Raeesah had said in her post.
"Why is the law different for these people? Is it because they're rich Chinese or white people? Do you think expats will be treated with the same disdain as migrant workers who broke the law?"I'm not a fan of aggressive policing, but what I will not accept is law enforcement that discriminates against its citizens."
A day after she made her post, the police said they had tracked down some of the individuals involved and were investigating.The seven foreigners, including four Britons, an Austrian and two Americans, were later fined in court last month. Six of them had their work passes revoked by the Manpower Ministry and were banned from working in Singapore in future.
Ms Raeesah was comparing the case to a separate incident in April, in which a work pass holder was stripped of his pass and permanently banned from working in Singapore, after breaching circuit breaker measures. Another 39 foreign workers were also fined in April for gathering in groups.
The Straits Times understands the comments on the City Harvest Church ruling were also posted on Ms Raeesah's personal Facebook account in February 2018.After the police reports were made, her social media accounts were made private.The police said in its statement:"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. Police investigations are ongoing."
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