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Don’t Believe the State Media When They Say There’s Internal Conflict in Reform Party

Andy Zhu (left)

The Straits Times published an article entitled “Former Reform Party chairman Andy Zhu and others form new political party, Singapore United Party” at the end of which they said, “ they had reached out to [me] for comment’. This is yet another example of the tricks perpetrated by the state media in their silly attempts to damage the Reform Party. The article was published on 3 January at 20:35. The journalist reached out to me for comments at 00:55 the next day a full 7 hours later. On behalf of the CEC, I sent the Reform Party’s response to the journalist at 02:10. The ST failed to update the article with our response. This is a minor story as it happens but by leaving the statement that I had been contacted but had not responded the ST is deliberately suggesting that I do not have a reponse and therefore by association that there is some kind of internal rift or implosion within RP. Far from it. We have a fantastic CEC and renewed enthusiasm since GE2020, a new women’s wing and a green manifesto.

In the interests of transparency I reproduce below the ST email and my response: You will see that at the time she wrote this email to me the ST article had already been published. Very poor journailsitc ethics to claim she was working on an article.

Hi Mr Jeyaretnam,

This is Yuen Sin from The Straits Times’ political desk, I hope you are well.

You may be aware that several Reform Party members have left to join a new party, Singapore United Party, led by former RP chairman Andy Zhu. We are working on an article about this and I was wondering if we can get your comments on their departure and the new party – particularly on the perception that SUP is a breakaway faction from the RP?

Thanks, and do let me know if you have any clarifications. Hope to hear from you soon.

I responded as follows:

Dear Yuen Sin

Thank you for your enquiry.

“You may be aware that several Reform Party members have left to join a new party, Singapore United Party, led by former RP chairman Andy Zhu”

Point of fact: Andy Zhu was expelled from RP so it is inaccurate to say that he left. He did not take up his right of appeal. After sanctions were taken against him following an internal Party disciplinary process he hijacked the party’s social media pages to put out his own misleading statements. Luckily Facebook were very helpful in having him removed but it left us with no choice but to expel him. I will note that previously your publication made factual errors and claims probably based on Zhu’s misleading statements from that time.

For accuracy I would ask you to go to Charles Yeo, the Chair, who is a lawyer and who chaired the disciplinary proceedings which were lengthy, robust and fair. I have CC’d him into this email.

“particularly on the perception that SUP is a breakaway faction from the RP”

Yes, there appear to be some former RP members in the new party and I believe it is accurate to say there was a faction led by Andy Zhu. This faction was determined to take Reform Party into a 3-cornered fight in West Coast GRC, against Dr Tan Cheng Bock, in the face of all the evidence that this would be bad for the Reform Party, bad for the Opposition, and bad for the development of democracy in Singapore. In other words bad for our country. Some of those disgruntled members revealed deep-seated animosity against Dr Tan personally which I found difficult to understand. We were all sad to lose West Coast after all the effort and sacrifices made to contest two elections there. But party policy was to cede in favour of opposition unity.

This faction can also be characterised as misjudging the importance of digital campaigning and failing to transition. In particular Andy Zhu misjudged the importance of national airtime, stubbornly refusing to join the Constituency Broadcast and effectively sabotaging it. We know how that ended.

Mr Zhu and his friends, despite every effort, were unable to get Reform Party to engage in a 3-cornered fight against Dr Tan just as they were unable to completely disrupt our campaign in Ang Mo Kio. I don’t feel it is any loss to us nor any gain to the opposition ranks that these disgruntled former members are unable to put their egos aside and move on. We have a marvellous team in our new CEC, ably chaired by Charles Yeo, and we are looking forward to contesting in Ang Mo Kio, Radin Mas and elsewhere at the next election.

 

Kenneth Jeyaretnam

* The author is the Secretary-General of the Reform Party and blogs at https://kenjeyaretnam.com/
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13 Responses to “Don’t Believe the State Media When They Say There’s Internal Conflict in Reform Party”

  • Don’t worry KJ, I would rather believe Talking Cock DOT COM over any local MSM, lol

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  • PAP = Power and Privilege:

    Straits Times: PM Lee receives Covid-19 vaccine as Singapore starts nationwide vaccination drive

    PAP “bigshots” and their “friends” will make sure they get vaccinated BEFORE the Sinovac vaccine from China arrives. As usual, they look after themselves first. The masses can take their chances with the Chinese vaccine.

    Singapore has the money. Why was it necessary to get the Covid vaccine from China? Sucking up to China? Has the Chinese vaccine been tested by reputable outfits outside China? How effective is it compared to the vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna, or AstraZeneca? Why is it necessary to get everybody vaccinated by 3rd quarter of this year? Why not set the target for the end of the year so there is more time to get the vaccine from reliable sources like Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca? Singapore likely likely rushing because SIA and Changi Airport are dying from lack of business.

    Singapore likely agreed to use the Chinese vaccine so China can claim its vaccine has been used by a First World (albeit a fake one) country. Singapore (actually PAP) wanted to get “brownies points” from Chinese.

    I am not going to take the risk on the free vaccine from China. I will wait until the vaccine from a western country is available in Singapore for foreigners who are not in Singapore long-term. Don’t mind paying for a “safer” vaccine.

    The PAP cannot force Singaporeans to get vaccinated. Also, note that the more people get vaccinated the safer it is for those not yet vaccinated. Better to wait than be sorry.

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  • @PAP = Power and Privilege

    You got a point there. Once the 61% have been vaccinated, it would be quite safe for the 39% who did not since C19 virus got no more big playground to play play liao.

    The C19 then might decide to hitch a ride to Johore, where it has more weak and old, easier to bite. lol

    BTW, one small bus-stop oledi front page liao, so biggy a thingy why no live tv coverage one? PM take vaccine wor, must be on national TV man, unless it was all a h**x?

    The MSM ranked so low low down on the freedom index wor, how to believe?

    You believe meh?

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Hahaha,
    KJ cannot even get his house in order and want to contest in my master PM Lee constituency Ang Mo Kio ?

    You will still lose your election in Ang Mo Kio again come GE2024.
    The world’s greatest democracy is now a laughing stock…. hahahaha..where is Oxygen and Roy ?

    New video:
    時代封面標題”民主遇襲” FBI:擅闖國會重判十年|TVBS新聞
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt3PcrRdKbQ

    China is also making use of the current mess in USA to crackdown on stupid Hong Kee pro democracy activists, why is Europe all silent ? Yes, Money Talk Bullshit Walks… where is Goh Meng Seng/Tan Kin Lian ? Have you emigrate to ROC/PRC ?

    Jan 6 2021 :少康開講│50多名民主派被控顛覆國家政權罪 香港大搜捕趕盡殺絕?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDZakqNhqD8

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.HuatAgain

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  • Harder Truths:

    KJ

    39% know better. But you cannot reason with 61% who never use their brains.

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  • AnLee Mall Farm:

    One dicky can choose the jab.
    Others not allowed to choose.

    AnLee Mall Farm.

    Braised On Jaundice and EquaLEEty

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  • xoxo:

    Lets just say the MSM is so useless so much so that it loses more and more readership .

    SPH shud just close down n be replaced with FT NEWSPAPER like BBC?

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  • opposition dude:

    Ha ha ha the silly reporter says the new party is a breakaway faction of RP how very funny. Poor girl is so desperate to make RP look bad hor?

    Don’t worry Kenneth, RP is just fine as it is. Whoever wants to leave can set up their own party and see how difficult it is to do walkabouts and win over voters themselves. Good of you to tell your side of the story.

    Going by this silly reporter’s logic, Dr Tan’s PSP must be a breakawat faction of PAP too since he, too, left PAP and set up his own party.

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  • Tracey Ching:

    You appear to be very forthcoming, how come you never respond to queries about your younger Brother who is now a judicial officer in leedy nasty? Pap IB said that money talk, bullshit walk. Is that correct?

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  • Trace Together:

    In future there will be 99%, 95%, 75% entry gates and sitting areas. Just watch.

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  • Wolf in Sheep's skin:

    Wow, great revelation by KJ showing the letters or correspondence or evidence.

    I am totally shocked and disappointed by the behavior of the reporter.

    Regards
    No different from robbing a bank

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  • Homeless Cat:

    What a moron. LKY is dead. His legacy shall be as ash and embers.

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    Hahaha,
    KJ cannot even get his house in order and want to contest in my master PM Lee constituency Ang Mo Kio ?

    You will still lose your election in Ang Mo Kio again come GE2024.
    The world’s greatest democracy is now a laughing stock…. hahahaha..where is Oxygen and Roy ?

    New video:
    時代封面標題”民主遇襲” FBI:擅闖國會重判十年|TVBS新聞
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt3PcrRdKbQ

    China is also making use of the current mess in USA to crackdown on stupid Hong Kee pro democracy activists, why is Europe all silent ? Yes, Money Talk Bullshit Walks… where is Goh Meng Seng/Tan Kin Lian ? Have you emigrate to ROC/PRC ?

    Jan 6 2021 :少康開講│50多名民主派被控顛覆國家政權罪 香港大搜捕趕盡殺絕?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDZakqNhqD8

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.HuatAgain

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  • #06-187 Huang Ba Dan:

    But reading the replies, some wanted to contest West Coast but some did not want a three corner fight. And the ella did want to go on TV .

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