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Workers’ Party conducted emergency meeting on Monday night over controversial video

SINGAPORE — Recently, a 15-second video has been circulating through private messaging, featuring two senior party members of the Workers’ Party (WP).

The individuals in the video appear to be Mr Leon Perera and Ms Nicole Seah. Both of them are married and can be seen holding hands in what seems to be a public setting, specifically a restaurant.

The Workers’ Party (WP) issued a statement on Monday (17 Jul) concerning the video, mentioning that it is currently investigating the matter and will comment once all the facts are gathered.

“The Party also expects all its members to fully own and account for their behavior,” stated WP in its press release.

According to Lianhe Zaobao, the Workers’ Party convened an emergency meeting late on Monday night, which lasted for two hours.

At 9 pm, all 13 members of the Central Executive Committee (CEC), including former party leader Low Thia Khiang, gathered at the party headquarters at Geylang Road to discuss how to address the situation.

After the meeting, Workers’ Party Secretary-General Pritam Singh said during an interview, “The CEC deliberations are still ongoing, and once we have the results, we will announce them at the appropriate time.”

Mr Singh has given his assurance that he will provide an explanation regarding whether they had prior knowledge of the matter at a later stage.

According to Zaobao’s report, Mr Low, the former party chief, arrived at around 9:32 pm, but he simply smiled and did not respond to reporters’ questions.

Jamus Lim, the WP MP for Sengkang GRC, also arrived, and when approached by reporters, he briefly responded twice, saying, “I am here for the meeting.”

After the two-hour meeting, Pritam Singh was the first to exit the office at 11:28 PM, followed by WP Chairman Sylvia Lim, Vice Chairman Faisal Manap, Treasurer He Ting Ru, Organising Secretary Dennis Tan, Deputy Organising Secretary Kenneth Foo, Ang Boon Yaw, Head of Policy Research Gerald Giam, among others, totaling 13 attendees.

Mr Perera and Ms Seah were not observed attending the meeting, as reported by the Zaobao.

Currently, 53-year-old Mr. Perera serves as a Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC and is a member of the WP Central Executive Committee.

Meanwhile, 27-year-old Ms. Seah is the President of the Workers’ Party Youth Wing (WPYW) and was a candidate in the General Election 2020 for East Coast GRC.

Nicole Seah was elected as the President of the WPYW in 2021, succeeding Mr. Perera, who was later appointed as the head of the party’s media team.

Both of them have two children each, and Nicole Seah gave birth to her second child as recently as April last year.

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