At around 10pm in his meet-the-people-session (MPS) yesterday (Apr 16), Jurong GRC MP Tan Wu Meng was punched by an angry resident. The 32-year-old man was said to be in the queue when he rushed up to punch the PAP MP, who later fell to the ground. State media and party official censored the reason behind the attack and what incited the violent behaviour:
“A young man suddenly rushed into the interview area and started hitting me. The young man was in the queue, for some reason he suddenly rushed in and started hitting me. It was very sudden. I was actually interviewing another resident, the next thing I knew someone was hitting me and I fell to the floor. Volunteers and residents present pulled the man off the MP and restrained him. The police were called and were at the scene shortly along with the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF)… I suffered bruises on an arm and “some abrasions” on his neck, but said that these were minor injuries.”
The PAP MP said he does not know the young man’s identity, but added that he wrote an appeal letter for his assailant afterwards:
“We don’t know (the identity of the young man) – he is not a regular visitor… The young man who attacked me had given a preliminary indication about his troubles during registration, and had brought some documentation about the problems he faced. I wrote an appeal for him last night too.”
In Singapore, residents would regularly request their PAP MPs to write letters addressing to statutory boards in a wide range of matters from court summons, neighbour disputes, municipal matters to financial assistance. The system was designed to increase voters’ dependency on the ruling party PAP, whose letters are supposed to have greater influence over government bodies.
In 2009, PAP MP Seng Han Tong was set on fire by a retiree taxi driver. The same PAP MP who was notorious for being useless, was also punched by a former taxi driver.