Vikram Nair: I have developed a pretty THICK skin
Posted by temasektimes on May 6, 2012
After embarrassing himself with an empty threat to sue socio-political blog The Online Citizen (TOC) which left his reputation in tatters, newbie PAP MP Vikram Nair now says he has ‘come to terms’ with being flamed online by his detractors.
Mr Nair was roundly attacked by netizens for comparing WP MP Chen Show Mao’s proposals to help needy Singaporeans as a ‘Nigerian scam’.
Though his criticisms were relatively mild, Mr Nair still found fit to appease WP supporters in an interview with Lianhe Zaobao:
“The tone I used during the Budget debate was too sarcastic which caused me to be misunderstood. If there is a repeat, I will be more direct.”
‘Reflecting’ on the unpleasant episode two months later, Mr Nair told the Straits Times that he has developed a pretty thick skin for the flaming:
“I have certainly had my fair share of online flaming for all sorts of things. If there are any serious allegations, I usually put up a response on what my position is.”
His position is dramatically different from veiled threats he issued to TOC via inSing news:
“I hope not to take legal action but if there’s lingering damage I might have to consider it. It also depends on what they (The Online Citizen) do and how they respond to the matter. I just want to clear my name.”
With the state media on his side, Mr Nair can rest assured that he still plenty of time to repair his battered image before the next General Election.