Instead of resigning, Raeesah Khan should have been sacked

Dec 01, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership
The Workers' Party (WP) on Tuesday (Nov 30) announced that Raeesah Khan has resigned from the party, which also "entails the resignation of her position" as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Sengkang GRC.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday night, the party said that its Central Executive Committee (CEC) met at 8pm on Tuesday to "deliberate and decide" on the recommendation of the Disciplinary Committee.

Pictured: Workers' Party statement published on Facebook

The Disciplinary Committee was formed on Nov 2 to investigate Ms Khan’s admission in Parliament that she had lied about a sexual assault case.

At 4.30pm on Tuesday, Ms Khan indicated to party leader Pritam Singh that she intended to resign from the party, said WP in its Facebook post.

She attended the CEC meeting at 8pm and "conveyed in person her intention to resign".

WP said it will hold a press conference on Thursday to provide more information.

"...a heavy heart"

In a letter of resignation to Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin that was shared on her social media accounts, Ms Khan said it was with "a heavy heart" that she was resigning as MP for Sengkang GRC.

She added that she will assist with the Committee of Privileges, which said last Friday that it had begun its work into a complaint against Ms Khan. <

Pictured: Raeesah Khan's apology letter

Ms Khan was referred to the Committee of Privileges for breach of parliamentary privilege after she admitted on Nov 1 to lying in Parliament about the details of a sexual assault case, which she claimed had been mishandled by the police.

She first mentioned the case on Aug 3 during the WP’s motion on empowering women.

She claimed she had accompanied a woman to make a police report three years ago, and that the victim had came out crying because a police officer allegedly made comments about her dressing and that she had been drinking.

Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam asked Ms Khan in Parliament on Oct 4 for more details, but she repeatedly declined, citing the need for confidentiality.

She confirmed with Mr Shanmugam that she had accompanied the victim to the police station, but did not respond to requests from police to provide details.

On Nov 1, she admitted she was "not present with the survivor in the police station as I described".

"The anecdote was shared by the survivor in a women's support group for women which I was a part of. I did not share that I was a part of the group as I did not have the courage to publicly admit that I was a part of it," she said.

She revealed that she was sexually assaulted when she was 18, while studying abroad, and that it had traumatised her.

She also claimed that her housemate was raped abroad.

This aged well:

Leong Mun Wai pulled a 'Raeesah Khan' in Parliament on Telegram hearsay

Jan 13, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership
On Tuesday (Jan 11), Progress Singapore Party (PSP) member Leong Mun Wai claimed that he received feedback from residents, "that some teachers have already practised vaccination diferentiated safe management measures in schools".

When asked by Education Minister Chan Chun Sing to name the schools and teachers involved, Leong backpedalled and said that the feedback was through Whatsapp and that he would need to ask 'his' residents before making a clarification. He later disclosed that the feedback originated from a Telegram group called SG Concerned Parents.

After a terse exchange between Chan and Speaker of the House Tan Chuan Jin, Leong admitted that the chat group messages did not name any particular schools.

Indranee: When you make allegations against teachers and just cast it out there, you must be able to substantiate it

Leong's response drew a rebuke from Leader of the House Indranee Rajah who admonished Leong for making unsubstantiated claims.

Indranee rose and said: "When you make allegations against teachers and just cast it out there, you must be able to substantiate it. And that is why Minister Chan (had) asked, ‘Please provide me with the details of which school and which teacher so that the Ministry of Education can follow up'.”

She described Leong’s explanation on Tuesday as an attempt to “grandstand” or make broad speeches that have no bearing on the details requested by the Education Minister.

Leong Mun Wai another Raeesah Khan?

In August last year, Raeesah shared an anecdote in Parliament about details of a rape case she alleged was mishandled by the police. She later admitted to lying about the anecdote.

In 2014, Workers' Party MP Faisal Manap also made an unsubstantiated claim alleging that when he was a counsellor, he came across a couple who were having housing issues and advised to file for a divorce by the Housing and Development Board — so that the wife would be eligible to buy a house under the Singles Scheme and she could subsequently remarry her husband.

He later apologised for not verifying the authenticity of his anecdote.