Leon Perera: Misrepresenting facts in Parliament
PUBLISHED ON 09 Nov 2017

On Tuesday’s Parliament Sitting (Nov 7), Mr Leon Perera alleged that Mediacorp had edited a video from the debate on the Presidential Elections (Amendment) Bill in Feb this year, with “certain bits removed”. He claimed that after his intervention, #MediaCorp “made a rectification and put up a different clip”.
 
He was clearly implying that MediaCorp had edited Parliamentary footages in a partisan manner.
 
This was a serious accusation. But it was false, and unfair to MediaCorp who work very hard to prepare footages after every Parliament Sitting.
 
I raised this with Mr Perera in Parliament on Tuesday (http://www.channelnewsasia.com/…/chee-hong-tat-on-video-rec…). Confronted, he was forced to acknowledge the following facts:
 
(a) On 20 Feb 2017, Mr Perera emailed MediaCorp to ask why a particular video clip had been truncated.
 
(b) MediaCorp replied to him on the same day, explaining that a technical glitch had affected the recording, and that it had been rectified and the full clip made available online on 18 Feb – TWO days before Mr Perera’s email query.

So Mr Perera had known this for several months. Yet when I asked him, he at first repeated the false claim. He said, “as a result of that exchange I had with MediaCorp, they removed the video with the truncations and then they uploaded a new video without the truncations”.

I had to reiterate the facts and remind him what actually happened, before he grudgingly conceded the point.

It is surprising that Mr Perera remembered the original ‘editing’ and that he had asked MediaCorp, but ‘forgot’ that MediaCorp told him it was an error which had already been rectified.

It is part of debate to criticize and present different views. But it is unethical and wrong to tell untruths to score political points. This is not what Singaporeans want to see in Parliament.
 
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By SMS Chee Hong Tat



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