Last night in the general elections debate, Lawrence from PAP attacked SDP’s Chee Soon Juan, by bringing up the matter that more than 10 years ago, Chee Soon Juan had been charged for presenting wrong statistics in a report, and never acknowledged that mistake in public.
It was very much issued as an ad hominem attack when Lawrence was lacking an argument, and yes it was used as an underhand tactic in public television when the debaters from PAP were completely void of cogent points to the discussed topics at all, but that doesn’t mean that what Lawrence said was untrue.
From the information I’ve gathered, all opposition parties do not know the specifics of the government spending, but Chee Soon Juan presented a healthcare report that made him seem like he was completely aware of the specifics, and thus he presented some wrong statistics in that report and was able to be charged and sentenced for it.
Yes it is unfair that withholds information about Government spending from everyone other than themselves, and yes there shouldn’t be a law is able to charge you for producing wrong information.
But nonetheless, it is true that Chee Soon Juan got charged for producing a false report, and never acknowledged that mistake in public, so Lawrence was able to mention that and walk all over him, and when Chee Soon Juan had a chance to make a response, he tried to cover it up!
All Chee Soon Juan had to say when Lawrence mentioned that incident in response was, “Oh yes I screwed up that time. Sorry about that haha. Hopefully I don’t make sure a mistake again in the future”. That was it, and PAP will never be able to effectively use that against him, ever again.
You opposition members gotta be honest with your mistakes, there’s no shame in admitting them, then you wouldn’t be accused by the PAP for trying to cover up information, and that’s how you guys can gain can more effectively advocate that ‘transparency’, you blame the Government lacks oh so much.