Government-controlled media Channel News Asia published an article citing a rumour from an anonymous source questioning if the Workers’ Party candidate, Associate Professor Daniel Goh has an affair or not.
Only after several commentators lambasted the 154th-ranking Singapore media for gutter politics did CNA change their headline.
WP Professor Daniel Goh has confirmed that the rumor comes from a poison-pen letter sent anonymously to various media and the WP Headquarters:
“Hello everyone, thank you for your amazing support thus far. Thanks for encouraging me to stand strong. Someone wrote a poison pen letter to WP and to the media to smear me with the allegation that I had an affair with a former student of mine whom I supervised for her thesis. And the media is going to run the story online and in print. The timing is sensational.
I categorically refute the baseless allegations and I question the timing of the poison pen letter coming immediately after the candidate introduction. I have been in the public eye, involved with WP, for over two years, and if the intention is to alert the party to alleged moral failings, it would have been done earlier and directly to the party leaders. I have always maintained a professional relationship with my students. This is very hurtful and unfair to my family.”