WP 'welcomes' scrutiny of its candidates

WP 'welcomes' scrutiny of its candidates
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SINGAPORE - The Workers' Party (WP) "welcomes" the scrutiny of its candidates after allegations of infidelity were made against its candidate Dr Daniel Goh.

Dr Goh, an Associate Professor in the sociology department at National University of Singapore (NUS), was accused in a poison pen letter of having an affair with a former student in 2008.

This allegation came a day after Dr Goh was introduced on Wednesday (Aug 26) as a potential candidate for this elections.

Dr Goh has refuted the allegations and filed a police report on the matter.

During WP's press conference today to introduce more of its potential candidates, executive council member Png Eng Huat addressed this issue. He urged anyone with evidence on the matter to step forward and tell the party.

He added: "The Workers' Party welcomes scrutiny of our candidates. If you have any evidence, please talk to us because the Internet and e-mails are anonymous. So if you have any evidence, please tell us."

According to Channel NewsAsia, Mr Png also urged the media to be responsible and grant interviees enough time for a response before publishing any reports.

He said: "I understand that a newspaper actually put up a report online before the time is up and without giving Dr Goh time to respond," said Mr Png, without naming the media outlet.

"This is the run-up to the election, and all of us are very busy. So I hope the media can play a responsible role and understand that these are difficult, challenging times as we're running an election and time is not on our side," Mr Png added.


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