Jurong GRC MP Tan Wu Meng is reported to have been attacked by a resident during his Meet-the-People (MPS) session in Clementi on Monday night (16 April) and was left with light injuries.
Dr Tan told local media that he was talking to a resident at around 10pm during the MPS when a young man suddenly rushed over and began hitting him with his fists.
“One moment I was speaking to that resident and the next thing I knew someone was hitting me and I found myself on the floor,” he said.
Dr Tan noted that the young man was in the queue, for some reason he suddenly rushed in and started hitting him.
Residents and volunteers who were at the scene managed to quickly restrain the attacker, but Dr Tan suffered bruises on his arm and abrasions on his neck.
The police and Singapore Civil Defence Force that came shortly after the incident, advised Dr Tan to go to a hospital.
“There were a handful of residents who had not seen the MP yet so I made sure I saw them before I went to hospital. I wasn’t keen to go but the police and SCDF advised me I should be evaluated at the A&E (Accident and Emergency department),” he said.
The attacker, whom Dr Tan described as being in his 30s, was arrested by the police.
“After being assessed medically at A&E, the doctor was agreeable to let me return to finish up my Meet-the-People session.” said Dr Tan, and when he returned to the MPS, he continued writing appeal letters for residents including his attacker.
“We don’t know (the identity of the young man) – he is not a regular visitor,” added Dr Tan. “This gentleman had only come to the MPS once before, about a year ago, and we didn’t get a chance to interview him this time before he started hitting me, but we were able to piece together what his current problem is,” he said.
” I can’t share what it is, but we wrote an appeal for him anyway last night. So I also hope whatever difficulties he’s facing, he finds his way and things work out for him.”
“My main concern at the time was making sure the residents and volunteers were safe and I also hope that the young man … I hope he can get help to try and find his way back.”
Dr Tan noted that the police had taken his statement, and that he understood that they are investigating. Police have confirmed investigations are ongoing.