Ravi Philemon allegedly quits PSP over party's handling of "Anonymous" video

May 23, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

Update @ May 14, 9.47pm: Ravi Philemon confirms resignation.

Former Chief Editor of The Online Citizen and former lead editor of The Independent Singapore Ravi Philemon has allegedly resigned from the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) according to a party source.

Ravi who is also the former member of Singapore People’s Party had publicly expressed on Facebook his disappointment with the public statement issued by PSP over the "Anonymous" video saga last week.

The video, made by former PSP member Daniel Teo Weilong, had claimed that certain PSP members have been "infiltrated by foreign proxies”. Ravi was one of the named members although he has since denied this allegation and filed a police report over the video.

Unhappiness over PSP public statement

In response to the video, PSP had issued a public statement earlier on Monday (May 11) announcing that they were "satisfied" that the members implicated are all "exonerated and are innocent".

Ravi, however, took issue with the statement as it made it seem that he was only proclaimed as "innocent" after Teo apologised. "What if he had never apologised", he questioned.

PSP has not confirmed Ravi's resignation so far.

In March this year, vice-chairman of PSP Michelle Lee who was also part of PSP’s CEC resigned amid rumours of party infighting, which the party later denied.

Just last month, two members resigned with one claiming that PSP is not ready.

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.