Steve Chia from the National Solidarity Party (NSP) announced his decision to withdraw from the Singapore General Election 2015 citing the work of online Trolls. Goh Meng Seng has also weighed-in on the effect online trolls have on candidates and asked for a good clean fight.
What I find extremely disturbing about the comments by Steve Chia and Goh Meng Seng is that they seemed comfortable and even happy when online trolls attack the Government and members of the People's Action Party (PAP). Even when Minister for Transport Liu Tuck Yew decided to step-down from politics, both Steve and Meng Seng remained silent. I would even suspect that they were happy.
I for one have no sympathy for Steve Chia. It would not take a genius to figure out that his past nude scandal would come to the fore again. If you cannot even figure that out, I seriously doubt that Steve is bright enough to be a MP and to represent his residents needs.
As for Goh Meng Seng, he is the typical opportunist who has no principles or values. If you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything. We need credible opposition in parliament. We do not need the likes of Goh Meng Seng who will merely oppose for the sake of opposing. Goh Meng Seng is a man of poor character and this episode reinforces that view of him.
So while Steve Chia's announcement tries so pull at your heartstrings, we should be grateful that this has helped to weed out the bad. Thank you Worker's Party for showing us the light.