Rally goes on despite threats to RP chief's son

SINGAPORE - Two e-mail messages, containing 27 "awful images", proved to be the last straw for Reform Party (RP) candidate Kenneth Jeyaretnam as he considered calling off his first election rally on Sunday night.

The e-mail messages were sent to his son on Friday, and Mr Jeyaretnam told reporters on Sunday that they involved threats to castrate his son.

That threat, coming after a string of death threats made against Mr Jeyaretnam and his wife, led the party to announce on Sunday morning that it would be cancelling the rally unless it felt assured of the RP chief's safety.

Hours later, the party changed its mind and said the show would go on, citing police assurances of security measures.

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