GE2020: Smear Campaign Started Against Pritam Singh And Alfian Sa’at


With the General Elections being called soon, it appears that the PAP has started its smear campaign against opposition party members. During the Budget debate on 5 June, Pritam Singh said Singapore should be fortunate to have citizens who are “loving critics”. Even though Pritam Singh did not name any specific person, Tan Wu Meng inferred that Pritam Singh had spoken in support of Alfian Sa'at.

On 19 June, the official PAP social media accounts shared a opinion piece titled "Mr Pritam Singh supports Alfian Sa'at". The piece written by Jurong MP Tan Wu Meng, attacked Alfian Sa'at by questioning his loyalty to Singapore with various screenshots of his social media comments which were "pro-Malaysia" and "mocked Singapore". 

Tan Wu Meng then took this opportunity to smear Pritam Singh who had supposedly voiced support for Alfian Sa'at. Tan Wu Meng asked if Pritam Singh still thinks Alfian Sa'at is a "loving critic" of Singapore based on the selected screenshots of Alfian's comments, and went a step further to accuse Pritam Singh of being a "loving critic" if he still supports Alfian.

Alfian Sa'at has responded to Tan Wu Meng, saying the piece was a "roundabout way of attacking another opposition party". Alfian Sa'at also wonders if the PAP is resorting to a character assassination of Pritam Singh only because The Workers' Party manifesto and policy proposals are so perfect and unassailable.

This is not the first instance where the PAP was accused of engaging in gutter politics. During the 2016 Bukit Batok by-election, the PAP made personal attacks against SDP Secretary-General Chee Soon Juan who was contesting during that time.

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