PA used wrong list and invited Tan Cheng Bock by mistake: Lim Swee Say

SINGAPORE - Former People's Action Party Member of Parliament and presidential candidate Dr Tan Cheng Bock was invited and then uninvited to a Chinese New Year garden party because the People's Association mistakenly used an old invitation list instead of an updated one.

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Read the explanation posted by Mr Lim Swee Say, the deputy chairman of the PA and labour chief, on his Facebook:

"Many people serve and contribute to the community. We review and refresh the list periodically to enable a wider base of invitees to attend the reception.

"The most recent review was conducted a few months ago. Instead of inviting all ex-advisers to grassroots organization repeatedly for 20, 30 years or even longer, we decided to limit the list to only ex-advisers who stood down in the immediate past general election.

"It is most unfortunate that PA made the mistake of using the old list instead of the updated list.

"We are sorry for the error and this is why I phoned Mr Tan and the other affected invitees personally to explain the mistake and followed up with personal emails to apologize again.

"I was heartened that Mr Tan very graciously accepted my explanation over the phone. So I am surprised that he now brings this up publicly as an issue."