(𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗣𝗼𝘀𝘁, 𝗳𝘂𝗿𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝘆 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗰𝘂𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗺𝘂𝗴𝗮𝗺)
My Facebook post on Monday evening was intended to raise certain points that were weighing on my mind after I had deliberated on Minister Shanmugam’s response to my Parliamentary Question earlier that day.
As I confirmed in Parliament, it was not my intent to cast aspersions on the Ministers nor act in an unparliamentary manner. The points were raised solely in the public interest.
I have since considered the matter further following yesterday’s Parliamentary proceedings and have decided to withdraw those statements by deleting them from the Facebook post which I made on Monday evening. This should address the concerns raised.
I have not considered it appropriate to delete the entire post as the Minister has asked given that my post made numerous other points which I consider to be valid and to which no objection appears to have been made. It would, therefore be a disproportionate response to delete the entire post.
𝗜𝗻 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁, 𝗜 𝗮𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗺𝘂𝗴𝗮𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗞𝗢𝗠 𝗲𝘅𝗲𝗰𝘂𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗯𝗲 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗴𝗲𝗱, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗜 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘄𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘂𝗴𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗴𝘂𝗶𝗹𝘁𝘆.
Let me reiterate that it was never my intention to cast aspersions on the Ministers.