DPM Teo challenged Low Thia Kiang to take legal action over accusations of ‘character assassination’ by PAP camp during by-election campaign
Posted by temasektimes on May 27, 2012
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean has challenged WP Chief Low Thia Kiang to consider taking legal action over accusations that he has indulged in ‘character assassination’ during the campaign for the Hougang by-election.
DPM Teo had earlier questioned the integrity of WP candidate Png Eng Huat which Mr Low finds disagreeable. In a press conference last night, Mr Low said:
“About the allegation made by the Deputy Prime Minister… the headings and titles are all aiming towards character assassination. Certain facts that he has spoken about were reported but hidden somewhere in the article. Who’s going to read?”
Speaking to queries from the media on Mr Low’s comments, DPM Teo he was ‘surprised’ as he asked only a very ‘simple question’ on the Sunday night rally:
Speaking to Channel NewsAsia soon after Mr Low’s comments, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean expressed surprise.
“I’m surprised that Mr Low is talking about character assassination. And if there was any of that, it came from contradictions within his own party. Of course, if Mr Low feels like it’s something he wants to take up, he’s free to take it up further, and even through legal action if he feels that if it’s necessary.”
DPM Teo also responded to Mr Low’s charge that the Ministry of National Development has yet to respond to a proposal by Aljunied-Hougang Town Council to upgrade Hougang estate, adding that the upgrading will ‘go ahead’ without giving a time-frame.