Member of Parliament Seah Kian Peng has apologised to the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) for mistakenly associating former political detainee Teo Soh Lung with the party in a Facebook post.
“As Ms Teo had previously stood as a SDP candidate in GE2011, I had assumed she was still a member. I apologise for this wrong assumption and thank SDP for the clarification,” said the Marine Parade GRC MP, who is also a member of the government’s Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods.
Seah had on Saturday (1 September) posted his views on a meeting historian Thum Ping Tjin and several other Singaporeans had with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. In it, Seah referred to a Facebook comment made by Teo, in which she said “Singapore is part of Malaya la”.
“Really? This is what PJ Thum and Teo Soh Lung and the SDP believe in their heart of hearts?” added the Marine Parade GRC MP in his post.
This comment prompted a response from the SDP later that day stating that “Dr Thum and Ms Teo are not members of the SDP thus do not speak for the party or represent us in any way”.