SINGAPORE: Anti-Covid vaccine proponent Iris Koh’s husband Raymond Ng has made a police report against the four politicians who resigned from the People’s Action Party (PAP) and the Workers’ Party (WP) after being embroiled in two separate affairs. He alleges that the four may have breached safe distancing measures as their affairs possibly took place during the Circuit Breaker period.
On Monday (17 July) Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong confirmed that former Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin and MP Cheng Li Hui had been engaged in an affair since at least 2020. Both members resigned from their positions in parliament and the PAP. Mr Tan is married with two children, while Ms Cheng is single.
That same day, just before the Tan-Cheng linkup became public, a video depicting an inappropriate exchange between senior WP members Leon Perera and Nicole Seah was leaked online.
WP chief and Leader of the Opposition, Pritam Singh, disclosed yesterday (19 July) that Mr Perera and Ms Seah had been involved in an affair that started after the general election in 2020 but had since ended. Mr Perera, who is married with two children, announced his resignation as a Member of Parliament following the revelation. Similarly, Ms Seah, who is also married and has two children, stepped down from her position in the WP.
Mr Ng, who goes by the handle gazythegreat on TikTok, posted a video alleging that all four politicians breached safe distancing measures and that they had been “meeting each other during the Circuit Breaker.”
The Circuit Breaker period, implemented in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, involved strict restrictions on social gatherings, dining in at food establishments, and working from the office. The Circuit Breaker was in effect during three time periods: April 7 to June 1, 2020; May 16 to June 2021; and July 22 to August 9, 2021.
Mr Ng attached a screenshot of his police report, filed online, in a separate TikTok video. In the report, he listed all four politicians as both “suspects” and “victims.” He called for a thorough investigation and strict punishment for the alleged violations of safe distancing measures during the Circuit Breaker.
The allegations made by Mr Ng have drawn mixed reactions from the public. Some netizens questioned how he could claim to know about the alleged meetings during the Circuit Breaker period.
Others accused him of seeking attention and wasting police resources, while a number of Singaporeans have asked why he is so concerned about safe distancing violations given his affiliation with Healing the Divide, a known anti-vaccine movement.
It should be noted that no public admissions have been made by the politicians involved regarding engaging in affairs during the Circuit Breaker period. However, the allegations have sparked significant public discussion and raised questions about the politicians’ conduct during a critical time of pandemic restrictions.