Man arrested over attack on MP Tan Wu Meng at MPS

Jurong GRC MP Tan Wu Meng was assaulted at an MPS on Monday. (Photo: Tan Wu Meng 陈有明/Facebook)

A man has been arrested by the police for criminal trespass and assaulting Member of Parliament Tan Wu Meng during a Meet-the-People Session (MPS).

In a statement, the police said that a 32-year-old man was present at an MPS at Block 334 Clementi Avenue 2 on Monday night (16 April), where Jurong GRC MP Tan Wu Meng was meeting residents. At 10.10pm, the man approached the MP and assaulted him.

According to a post on Dr Tan’s Facebook page, the man who hadn’t yet been interviewed suddenly rushed into the interview area and started hitting the MP, who fell to the floor in the scuffle. Tan, 43, was advised by the police and SCDF to seek a medical evaluation at the National University Hospital A&E.

The doctor on duty allowed Tan to return to his MPS just before midnight to continue his work – including writing an appeal letter on behalf of the suspected assailant.

The suspected assailant is set to be charged in court on Wednesday. Yahoo News Singapore understands that the suspect was previously involved in drug-related offences.

For criminal trespass, he faces up to three months’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $1,500 or both. For voluntarily causing hurt, he could be jailed up to two years, fined up to $5,000 or both.

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