Farid Khan rebuts report claiming he supports petition against Aung San Suu Kyi

Nicholas Yong
Senior Correspondent
Prospective presidential candidate Farid Khan announcing his intention to run for office on 11 July. (PHOTO: Nicholas Yong / Yahoo News Singapore)

Presidential hopeful Farid Khan has rebutted an All Singapore Stuff report claiming that he backs a petition against Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi.

“The report is completely untrue,” said the 62-year-old chairman of Bourbon Offshore Asia Pacific in a Facebook post on Tuesday (5 September).

The website’s report said that Farid had thrown his weight behind a Change.org petition calling on the European Court of Human Rights to try Suu Kyi for human rights violations, noting that Farid had shared a link to the petition on Facebook.

Farid explained in his post that a member of his media team had “accidentally” shared several postings while managing the potential candidate’s personal Facebook account. This happened as a result of using a touch-screen device, said Farid.

“As I do not wish for the incident to be repeated, I have closed my personal FB account,” he added.

Early last month, local website Mothership apologised to presidential contender Salleh Marican for a fake news report that claimed he had discussed the “hijab issue” in Singapore.

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