Leaked Audio: A general election after a crisis ‘will save’ the PAP

Leaked audio clips of conversations involving Mr Chan Chun Sing have surfaced on the final day of campaigning for GE2020.

In one of the clips, Mr Chan is heard talking about general elections in Singapore and how the PAP has won in the past when they were held after a crisis.

“Every election the PAP-vote problems, you check back the 50 years and see. Then suddenly a crisis will save us. Then we’ll start dropping again. Until the next crisis save us, and it’ll drop again. You look at the last 40 years pattern,” said Mr Chan.

“Lee Kuan Yew’s death saved us. Before Lee Kuan Yew’s death, 9/11 saved us,” he added.

Mr Chan was speaking at a PAP closed-door meeting to 60 attendees in the northwest division in Bukit Panjang on 9 January 2019.

Another clip purportedly contained comments by Mr Chan pertaining to Singapore’s relationship with Malaysia and the 2019 dispute over the airspace above Pasir Gudang due to the flight path taken by airplanes landing at Seletar Airport.

“The party could have called for an early election over the conflict with Malaysia if it escalated,” he revealed.

“The most important thing for PAP in tonight’s conversation must be the house majority. We will never know; our neighbour might do us a favour and we might call for election tomorrow. Are you ready?” said Mr Chan, indicating that the PAP would have capitalised on the crisis by calling for an election in 2019 instead.

He explained that “winning the election has nothing to do with the nine days of campaigning”.

According to Mr Chan, the PAP has four to five years to get themselves ready by “doing the right” in order to justify to the people that they have been cared for.

“If people feel itchy enough, and say that ‘I have nothing to lose’ or ‘I can afford to take a risk’, then PAP will be in trouble,” he added.

Taken Out Of Context

In the aftermath of the leaked audio clips, Mr Chan wrote on Facebook today: “It has come to my attention that truncated audio clips of one of my conversations, taken out of context, are being circulated with ill-intent.”

“It may be true that historically during crises, there may be a flight to quality and stability. But we must never take it for granted,” he added.

“In fact, we must work hard to serve our people, take care of them and not depend on a crisis to secure the votes.”

He explained that the circulating audio clips are from a conversation which occurred in early 2019, in the wake of Malaysia imposing a restricted flying zone north of the Seletar Airport.

A third leaked clip had touched on the “deeper forces” behind the bilateral issues faced by both countries.

Referring to this, Mr Chan said the issues behind Malaysia-Singapore relations were not personality-dependent despite what many thought.

“If it was so, the issue would blow away when personalities changed. But we should not be under any illusion that it was such. And we must be prepared to deal with such bilateral issues beyond specific personalities.”

He added: “The points in the conversation are poignant reminders of our vulnerabilities as a small country, and the need for our people to keep serving with the right motivations and to put Singapore and Singaporeans at the forefront of everything we do.”

Mr Chan ended the post by reminding Singaporeans what he said in one of the clips — “winning an election has nothing to do with the nine-day campaigning. It has to do with the hard work over the previous many years,” he wrote.

The leaked clips were posted online by The Online Citizen Asia website.

This is not the first time Mr Chan has had audio clips of his leaked. In February, an audio clip from a closed-door meeting of his with the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) was also leaked. In the audio, he was heard calling Singaporeans “xia suay” (disgraceful in Hokkien).


* Video by the Online Citizen Asia.


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9 Responses to “Leaked Audio: A general election after a crisis ‘will save’ the PAP”

  • I read already know the clarification not written by Keechiu one. His englander where got so powderful one?

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  • Not up to the task!:

    How come we have such sia suay and idiotic millister cotton sheep chan?

    VOTE these incompetent millisters out including JT, son of a Gan, disGraceFool, Bala, indomee and OYK. After that, we get fresh and capable ones to replace them.

    Otherwise, our country will really be in serious trouble with them still around yet collecting millions doing substandard works.

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  • Have a heart:

    So self serving and selfish, pappies are not placing citizens as top priority during a crisis.

    They are capitalising on a crisis to win election and continue staying in power.

    We are still very much in the midst of a pandemic with hundred of new cases reported every day non stop.

    Yet an election is called exposing our people especially seniors to such a highly dangerous virus.

    Really reckless and irresponsible!

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  • opposition dude:

    Cotton xia suay has been in politics since 2011 so he will know what he is talking about. On tensions with Malaysia we have had so many already so he is daft about calling for an election over the airspace issue. It has already been shown that both sides have come to an agreement over the airspace without the need for an election. And furthermore, who doesn’t know that both sides do not see eye to eye over the water issue? It has been like that for a long while already. Do we need to call an election over this then?

    I don’t know if he has got really bad luck or just happens to be a favourite target when he speaks. I can’t think of any other PAP bugger that has a leaked audio or video clip.

    Hopefully our fellow Singaporeans in Tanjong Pagar see through this useless bum and vote him out on Friday.

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  • Lessons from the past:

    Perhaps, Minister Chan has forgotten about the moral of the story in one of Aesop’s Fables: “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”.

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  • Wake up call:

    The recent election is a wake up call for PAP.
    A swing of nearly 27% at West Coast GRC is not normal.
    Better to look into the serious issues from the ground…as there is a national swing of 9% against the Government.
    Address their unhappiness.

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  • Wake up call:

    A wake up call for PAP and Singapore.
    The swing of nearly 27% at West Coast GRC show the danger the country is facing…
    Just imagine such swing in other parts…PAP Government would have fallen and Singapore would be in serious trouble,especially when the nation is still in a Pandemic situation.

    Capability take much time and effort to build.Reality and dream is often different.Talk is easy…execution is hard.

    Wish Singapore well as it address the many problems ahead…Stand United.

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  • Yes heng, lhl watch out:

    He is waiting to nap the no accountable sons of lao li but b4 he can do this he must create a pap internak crisis of heart attack on stage!

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  • Wake up call ..:

    Pap doesn’t need to wake up. It soon will be in long slumber when chan chan bouy is not fakiboy get to nap the unaccountable son n greedy spouse but his forewarning of crisis needed to revive the slleping arrogant. Death but who? Huat on stage, Unacountable (no as he is needed to prove chan boy not faking) . Huat also not of old man caste but dramatic death like drop dead o
    May pass as a boy long waiting cnrisis for his millons hS copy epotism to mAt. May be 200 f chan boy replavpceys the UNAccountable son n greed. 100 m spouse!

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