Raeesah Khan outed her housemate by bringing up rape incident from 10 years ago

Aug 13, 2021 | πŸš€ Fathership

Workers' Party MP Raeesah Khan recently recounted in parliament (Aug 3) an incident where a rape victim she accompanied to the police station was allegedly mistreated by the police.

When pressed for more details by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Raeesah was not forthcoming with evidence to substantiate her claims as she did not want to "re-traumatise" the victim by bringing up the topic.

A few months prior, however, Raeesah had no reservation about sharing about the time when her housemate got raped.

Incident happened 10 years ago in Australia

In a Facebook post published on May 27, Raeesah spoke about how she was affected by an incident where her housemate in university "was raped in the very house" they shared.

Raeesah's comment came on the back of an online poll sexualising female religious teachers that happened in the same month.

The rape incident was believed to have happened sometime between 2011 and 2015 when Raeesah was pursuing her studies at Murdoch University in Australia.

Raeesah accused netizen of harassing women

While the identity of the housemate was not disclosed, a simple trawl of her social media photos during her time in Australia may potentially identify the victim by triangulation - a concern that one netizen raised.

The netizen questioned if it was necessary for Raeesah to "out" her classmate when broaching the sexual harassment topic.

In response, Raeesah accused the netizen of harassing women "who are trying to speak about their experiences."

She also implied that the netizen chose to "tone police and silence women instead of listening."

When the netizen called Raeesah out for trying to put a "spin" on the context, Raeesah insisted that the netizen is trying to "put us (women) down."

To which the netizen snarkily replied, "It seems you like assume (sic) the worst of others. Always putting words into others' mouth(s)."

"Open, rational, and non-judgemental"

Raeesah's outburst would later put into question her sincerity of wanting netizens to be "non-judgemental" when discussing topics online.

In a Facebook post published last Sunday (Aug 8), Raeesah called for netizens to "keep their comments open, rational, and non-judgemental..."

She was following up on her speech in parliament about Malay-Muslim issues that raised the ire of the community and caused a spirited debate online.

Raeesah Khan's track record of controversies

Last year (Sep 18), Raeesah was given a stern warning from the police for social media posts that promoted enmity between different groups and committed contempt by scandalising the court.

She had insinuated in May 2020 that the law in Singapore is different for "rich Chinese or white people" and claimed that the authorities favoured expats over migrant workers.

Another post, in 2018, was made in the context of the City Harvest Church ruling. Raeesah had posted: "Singapore jails minorities mercilessly, harasses mosque leaders but lets corrupt church leaders who stole $50 million walk free. Who did they pay?"

S'pore firm develops first Omicron-specific testing kit

Dec 06, 2021 | πŸš€ Fathership
Home-grown biotechnology firm BioAcumen Global has launched Singapore's first Omicron-specific Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) kit.

This means that a person taking the test will receive one of three results: Covid-19 positive and Omicron positive; Covid-19 positive and Omicron negative; or Covid-19 and Omicron negative.

Currently, PCR kits here that are capable of detecting Omicron require an additional gene sequencing step to confirm the specific variant. This takes an additional day.

Some PCR kits, such as those currently in use by medical technology firm Acumen Diagnostics and biotech firm MiRXES, are able to detect both the Delta and the Omicron strains, but to confirm if a positive case has been infected by Omicron, gene sequencing is necessary.

Mr Jimmy Toh, director of BioAcumen Global, said: "We are looking at ways to cut down the steps and time needed to run this test. This is crucial, especially at the borders where accurate tests need to be done on-site. There is no time to wait on sequencing results to know if a positive sample is infected with Omicron."

Mass production of the kit has begun, and the BioAcumen Global team hopes this kit will provide much needed help locally and in the region for the surveillance and control of this new variant, Mr Toh said.