Attack on PAP MP stark reminder of risks MPs have to manage
PUBLISHED ON 17 Apr 2018
On 16 April 2018, Member of Parliament for Jurong GRC (Clementi Division) Dr Tan Wu Meng was assaulted by an individual who rushed into the open area of his Meet-the-People session (MPS) while he was attending to residents.

In a Facebook post, Dr Tan recounted: “I was with another resident, and suddenly found myself being hit and fell to the ground. Residents and volunteers who were present helped restrain him.”

On the advice of the police and Singapore Civil Defence Force, Dr Tan was subsequently assessed at an Accident and Emergency department for formal medical evaluation. “The NUH A&E doctor was agreeable to let me resume my duties, and I returned back to MPS just before midnight to finish writing the appeal letters for my residents,” he said.

Dr Tan further shared: “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 (16 April) too. Police are investigating. But whatever the outcome under the law, I hope he can get back on track and will try to help him do so.”

Following the incident, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and PAP Organising Secretary Mr Chan Chun Sing said Dr Tan’s calm handling of the incident helped to reassure his volunteers and residents.

“This is a stark reminder of the risks that our MPs have to manage in the course of our public duties. We would also like to thank our many volunteers who work tirelessly as a team to serve our residents and take care of each other," Mr Chan said.

Read PAP Organising Secretary Mr Chan Chun Sing's statement here.