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COP’s Raeesah Khan special report released to keep Parliament informed of probe’s progress: Clerk of Parliament

Yahoo News logo Yahoo News 6/12/2021 Staff Writer, Singapore

SINGAPORE — The Committee of Privileges tasked to investigate the complaint filed against former Workers’ Party (WP) Sengkang MP Raeesah Khan decided to release its special report last Friday (3 December) based on the oral evidence heard before it on Thursday and Friday, said the Office of the Clerk of Parliament on Monday, according to a report by The Straits Times (ST).

The COP said it will keep Parliament informed of its investigations "in a timely manner when appropriate" and present the final report in due course. It did not elaborate in response to queries by ST over its decision to release the report before it called WP leaders to testify.

According to the Clerk of Parliament, the COP will continue investigating and hear further evidence if it sees fit.

The statement comes a day after the WP said the interim report by the COP was released without having taken the evidence of WP leaders against whom serious allegations have been made.

In the report, Raeesah testified to the COP that WP chief Pritam Singh, WP Chairman Sylvia Lim and WP Vice-Chairman Faisal Manap had advised her to maintain the lie she told Parliament on 3 August about accompanying an alleged rape victim to a police station and her allegations over insensitive remarks by a police officer.

“The Leader of the Opposition, Mr Pritam Singh, had made it clear on 2 December, that he is prepared to give evidence before the Committee of Privileges,” said the WP in a statement.

Three other witnesses also gave evidence to the COP: Loh Pei Ying, Raeesah’s secretarial assistant, Yudhishthra Nathan, a volunteer with WP, and Lim Hang Ling, a WP member and Legislative Assistant.

The COP noted on Friday that Tan Chuan-Jin, COP Chairman and Speaker of Parliament, would present the special report to Parliament on the same day. It adjourned its meeting to Monday.

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