In less than 24 hours after PAP's Ivan Lim announced he was determined to carry on contesting in GE2020, he U-turned and withdrew his candidacy. If Lim and the PAP thought they could quell the criticisms against Lim, they probably realised how wrong they were and how grossly they underestimated the intensity of the feedback against Lim's conduct.
Sweet vindication for those who exposed Lim.
In a letter addressed to Lee Hsien Loong, Ivan Lim wrote:
“In recent days, there have been various allegations made about my conduct and behaviour. Following my clarifications this morning, further allegations have emerged against me. These new allegations are baseless. I appreciate the support the Party has given to me throughout this period. I have consulted and discussed the matter with the Party leadership. I recognise that the controversy over my candidacy has eclipsed the core issues of what this election should be about - Singapore’s future and the difficult steps we have to take to recover from COVID-19. The controversy has also caused intense pain and stress for my family. I cannot put my family through this”
Lee Hsien wrote in his reply:
“The controversy about your candidature has been unfortunate. Ideally, there would have been a fair and deliberate consideration of these allegations. Unfortunately, the nature of the campaign is such that we do not have time for a thorough investigation. The allegations spread like wildfire online, eclipsing the serious life and death issues we must grapple with. I respect your decision to withdraw as a candidate. I regret that you and your family have had to bear such stress during this period. I hope Singaporeans will give you and your family the peace and privacy to recover, and welcome your continued contribution to our society.”
Lim's candidacy sparked outrage among those who experienced his harshness and arrogance firsthand. A petition to remove him from candidacy has garnered more than 20,000 signatures so far.
However instead of addressing these criticisms with humility, Lim defended his behaviour and repeatedly mentioned his family as a victim of the saga. Now he gets a taste of his own medicine. In the first place, did Ivan Lim spare any compassion for those working under him? If he was elected as MP, how many people would be the real victims?
So much for wanting to serve.