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Tan Wu Meng's opinion piece on Pritam Singh was 'serious' and 'thoughtful': Shanmugam

Jun 21, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
SINGAPORE: The opinion piece written by Senior Parliamentary Secretary Tan Wu Meng on the support apparently offered by the Workers' Party's Pritam Singh to playwright Alfian Sa'at was "Serious" and "Thoughtful", Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said on Sunday.

Weighing in on the matter on the sidelines of a walkabout in Nee Soon GRC where he is an MP, Mr Shanmugam said: "Dr Tan Wu Meng's post is a very serious post. It's a very thoughtful post. I think the point may be missed quite easily."

Dr Tan gave Mr Singh the "Benefit of the doubt" by asking if he had read Mr Alfian's posts before he said that the playwright is a "Loving critic" of Singapore, said Mr Shanmugam.

"All that Dr Tan did was set out in a post what Alfian had said and asked, you know, if you knew about this when you supported him in Parliament? There was nothing about Mr Pritam Singh's character, there was nothing about attacking Mr Pritam Singh. It was a legitimate question," Mr Shanmugam said.

"These people who now rise up to complain about Dr Tan Wu Meng never breathed a word about that," he said.