In a Facebook post that went viral two hours ago, former presidential election candidate Tan Cheng Bock, who ran in the 2011 General Elections, wrote about getting “un-invited” to the Istana’s Chinese New Year Garden Party (held on Feb 9, Sunday) this year.
The former MP shared that he was informed by Minister Lim Swee Say, deputy chairman of People’s Association (PA) via “phone and email” that there was an “error” in the party invitation. He first received the party invitation on Dec 27 last year, and had told them he would be attending the event with his wife.
“There was a change in ‘policy’ to invite only those ex-advisers to grassroots organisations, from the immediate past GE (2011). I did not fit into this category as I stood down in 2006,” wrote Dr Tan.
Dr Tan also added that he “had always been invited to attend the CNY garden party” and “never failed to go”.
“I get to meet grassroots leaders and old colleagues and we exchange warm New Year greetings,” he wrote, “The warm reception usually given (to) me by those grassroots leaders at the function, were overwhelming, more so, after the presidential election.”
Dr Tan ended his post talking about how he would “miss meeting all these friends again” this Sunday.
Dr Tan’s Facebook post has garnered over 1,300 likes and more than 630 shares at press time.