If like me, you were wondering why PAP’s Steve Tan pulled out just days away from Singapore’s General Elections 2011, you would have felt that today’s Straits’ Times article on the surprise withdrawal hardly shed very little light on the matter, leaving the reader no wiser of Tan’s “personal reasons” for the pull out. Probably careful of evoking the ruling party’s ire upon her career, the reporting journalist minced words and waxed very lousy lyrics about the case surrounding the promising 38 year old leader from NTUC.

While critics dismiss the news of Steve Tan’s pull out as a staged act by the PAP to roll out a more experienced candidate, I for one, am more interested in the scandal and reality behind the smokescreen of rumors and half-truths.

The closest find I made was this extract from a series of Facebook comments on one of his profile photos, which has since been deleted:

“it was the marketing department of the admin and research unit of NTUC umbrella union. he was there in ’05 as deputy director or something, a rising star so to speak, “young and talented, up and coming”… yada yada yada.

Let me just cut to the chase: there were no less than 2 girls who worked there the same time i did who told me of their sexual harassment experience with this guy. and as far as i know it went unreported, undisclosed.. and there were many others who also knew of it. but it seems not enough people stood up for themselves or for the others to make it known.”

An entanglement like this will well weaken Tan’s political stance, as well taint his represented party’s credibility.

You may follow the forum discussions on PAP’s Steve Tan’s reasons for pull out here:



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