People’s Action Party (PAP) candidate Ivan Lim Shaw Chuan announced last night (27 June) that he will be dropping out of the upcoming General Election (GE) as a candidate and the party has accepted his resignation.
Following that, Progress Singapore Party (PSP) assistant secretary-general Leong Mun Wai took to his Facebook to share his thoughts on the matter.
Firstly, Mr Leong spoke on the importance of character. He stressed that “character of its key people is the foundation of any good system”, especially when it comes to the political system.
“I have always held the opinion that all public office holders’ background should be disclosed for public scrutiny at least three months before the election or appointment takes place,” he added.
Secondly, Mr Leong urged Singaporeans not to get “too personal” by pursuing this matter further, adding that “it will discourage people from coming forward to serve the public in the future”.
“However after the person involved has withdrawn his candidacy (not necessarily an admission of guilt) we should not pursue the matter,” he wrote.
Mr Leong concluded his post by highlighting the need to “respect the privacy of one another” as it is one of the fundamentals of a civil society.