PAP MP Patrick Tay denies meeting homeless resident; but colleague insists she did
Posted by temasektimes on May 2, 2012
PAP MP for Nee Soon East Patrick Tay Teck Guan has denied meeting a homeless Malay resident Sapiah during his Meet-the-People session.
In a comment posted on The Temasek Times, Mr Tay wrote:
“Saw this posting and am checking as I did not recall meeting Ms Sapiah last Monday at my MPS personally giving such an insensitive advice. We always endeavour to do our best to assist our residents – Patrick Tay, MP for Nee Soon East.”
He also clarified that he did make the insensitive remark to Sapiah on his Facebook:
[Source: Mr Patrick Tay's Facebook]
Sapiah is single and currently earns about $1,600 monthly working in a hotel. As her sister is selling their parents’ flat, Sapiah has been given three months by HDB to move out or get evicted.
She was allegedly told by Mr Patrick Tay to find a higher paying job in order to buy the HDB flat during a Meet-the-People session.
Her encounter was shared by an angry colleague on Facebook:
We have checked with ‘Princess Ivah’ again who confirmed that Sapiah did meet Mr Patrick Tay:
Mr Patrick Tay is free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be more than willing to publish his side of the story to clear up the misunderstanding, if any.