During a virtual press conference on July 1, K Shanmugam from the People’s Action Party (PAP) described the Progress Party Singapore (PSP)’s contest as “half-hearted” and published a Facebook post and shared a Straits Times article where Reform Party (RP)’s chief Kenneth Jeyaretnam was quoted as saying PSP offered Nee Soon to them.
He added that Jeyaretnam “had also put up a FB post saying the same thing”.
And now, Jeyaretnam has publicly shared his thoughts on the matter. He accused Shanmugam of questioning of the unity of the Opposition.
Jeyaretnam started off by stating that at this point in the election cycle, the public will “want to know how our campaign is going and about our brilliant manifesto”.
Jeyaretnam added that he was “glad Shanmugam is telling Singapore that he reads my Facebook page”.
Jeyaretnam also claimed to know that Shanmugam read “my social media and in particular my blog” because that’s how “the PAP get any workable solutions for improving the lives of ordinary Singaporeans”.
But the highlight of his response was questioning Shanmugam’s comment on the quality of the Opposition. Jeyaretnam said: “How dare you comment on the quality of the Opposition and our mostly successful attempt at unity when your own party is in disarray and Mr Lee Hsien Loong and his brother are pitted against each other.”
He also pointed out deputy prime minister Heng Swee Keat’s little fumble on his nomination speech, accused the PAP of rigging the election before it even started, and concluded by asking Shanmugam “to fight clean and not bring the process into disrepute”.