Dr Tan Cheng Bock: I can understand Low Thia Kiang’s ‘outburst’ on the mainstream media
Posted by temasektimes on June 1, 2012
Former PAP MP and presidential candidate Dr Tan Cheng Bock has lent his support to WP Chief Low Thia Kiang’s ongoing battle with the Singapore media.
Mr Low had earlier criticized the mainstream media for being used as a ‘tool’ to smear his party and candidate during the campaign for the Hougang by-election, a charge which was fiercely denied by SPH journalists.
In a post on his Facebook yesterday, Dr Tan wrote he can understand Mr Low’s ‘outburst’ as he shared similar experience as him during his presidential campaign last year:
“I can understand Low Thia Khiang’s outburst on the main press media for not being fair to the opposition because my team too felt the coverage of my Presidential election was also biased towards the government choice candidate.”
Dr Tan added that he decided to win support through the new media instead as result:
“There is nothing that those who opt to differ can do anything about what the main media writes. So l decided to win support through the alternative media. It was an uphill task for me but l had to do it because I believed in my cause.”
Dr Tan lost narrowly in the election to eventual winner Dr Tony Tan by only 0.34 percent of the votes. Had the mainstream media been more fair and balanced, the result might be different.