One of the netizens who come forward with negative stories of one of the People’s Action Party (PAP)’s new candidates, Ivan Lim, has offered to have a conversation about his statement of encounter with Mr Lim.
In a Facebook post on Saturday (27 June), the netizen, Mr Bryant Wong, addressed First Assistant Secretary-General of PAP Heng Swee Keat directly, saying, “Mr Heng – Feel free to reach out anytime. I am willing to standby my statement of encounter with Mr Ivan Lim which I’ve put up.”
“I would ask for our conversation to be put on record and made available to fellow Singaporeans given we both recognize the importance to verify the character of candidates,” he added.
The original post alleged that Ivan Lim was “condescending” and an “elitist”
About two days prior, Mr Wong had shared a story on his Facebook page detailing an encounter he had with Mr Lim when they were both in the NS Combat Engineering Battalion. Mr Lim was Mr Wong’s commanding officer then, said the post.
In his story, Mr Wong alleged that during an outfield exercise in Khatib Bongsu back in 2013, Mr Lim spoke “using a condescending voice” to tell others not to step into the air-conditioned tent he was using.
“His action and speech were simply that of an elitist,” wrote Mr Wong.
He went on to say, “There were other instances during Battalion briefings where he would always [pepper] the briefings with his personal achievement (how he is a GM at shipyard, how many people reporting to him at work, etc).”
“He [Mr Lim] was never well liked by the soldiers and commanders of the Battalion due to his constant “humble brag” and driving around camp in his expensive cars.”
Mr Wong concluded his post asking, “So now he is going into politics to represent the ordinary folks in Parliament. With his character and personality – will he?”
Following this post making the rounds on social media and WhatsApp, Mr Heng stepped forth this morning to say that Mr Lim should come out to clarify comments made about his conduct during his National Service days.