Ivan Lim saga: PAP’s Masagos says GE is time for candidates to ‘redeem’ themselves

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Ivan Lim, 42, was officially unveiled as a PAP candidate on Wednesday, 25 June 2020. PHOTO: People's Action Party
Ivan Lim, 42, was officially unveiled as a PAP candidate on Wednesday, 25 June 2020. PHOTO: People's Action Party

SINGAPORE — In light of online allegations made against new People’s Action Party (PAP) candidate Ivan Lim Shaw Chua, the General Election is a time for individuals to “redeem” themselves, said the party’s vice chairman Masagos Zulkifli on Friday (26 June).

“GE is a time when people who have been introduced will also elicit responses, which are not surprising sometimes. But also I think it is important for the candidates who may have been alleged to be something or other to also prove themselves,” said Masagos, who was addressing a virtual press conference.

“And I think it is not a moment in their career or their time with people that define them, but as a person throughout their life, and also an opportunity for them if they have done something in the past, to redeem themselves. Because we have seen qualities in all our candidates that make them what we think (are) good leaders that will serve our people well.”

Masagos, who did not mention any names, was responding to a question about online criticisms of Lim, 42, who was formally unveiled as a candidate on Monday. Since then, multiple posts have emerged online, purportedly from former colleagues and National Servicemen, claiming that he is arrogant, elitist and lacks compassion.

Lim currently manages specialised vessels for Keppel Shipyard. The father of four has been volunteering at Henderson-Dawson constituency over the past year.

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