SINGAPORE: The son of presidential candidate Tan Kin Lian called out netizens who left malicious comments on a post with a photo showing Mr Tan holding a little girl, explaining that the child is his daughter and the candidate’s granddaughter.
“There are posts going around showing maliciously angled photo of Mr Tan Kin Lian holding onto a little girl on Normination Day, and was commented and captioned with tons of nasty and disgusting comments,” wrote Mr Boon Keng Tan in a Facebook post late on Thursday evening (Aug 24).
The younger Mr Tan further explained that the child “was supporting her grandfather on the field” and had been excited to see her grandfather, calling out “Yeh Yeh” to him.
“My father, Mr Tan Kin Lian then reached out to hug his grand daughter over the railing. This is a loving moment between a grandfather and his grand daughter but the photo was maliciously angled and captioned.
For those of you haters who took such a loving moment and smeared him, shame on you.
Look at yourself in the mirror and hope one day someone does not judge you for holding your own daughter or grand daughter,” he added.
The photo has been posted as a comment on a Facebook page called TMSG, which describes itself as a Singapore news & media website.
In the photo, Mr Tan’s supporters, including politicians People’s Voice head Lim Tean and People’s Power Party’s Goh Meng Seng, as well as former presidential candidate Tan Jee Say, can be seen.
Commenters appear to connect the photo to a recent issue wherein past posts of Mr Tan Kin Lian about “pretty girls” were brought up and raised red flags with some Singaporeans.
Mr Tan, however, brushed aside the issue, saying that only a “small minority” was bothered by them.