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NSP files police report over alleged trespassing

NSP members during an outreach at Sembawang MRT on Aug 30, 2015.
NSP members during an outreach at Sembawang MRT on Aug 30, 2015.ST PHOTO: DANSON CHEONG

The opposition National Solidarity Party (NSP), beset by internal party turmoil and the loss of several potential candidates, has lodged a police report over an alleged trespassing incident at a party member's office.

In a Facebook post last Friday titled "KATONGGATE GE2015", the NSP said four people intruded into the office located in the Katong/East Coast area last Monday night. It said nothing was stolen or damaged.

"An eye-witness who happened upon them approached them and asked what they were doing. They claimed that they were from the mainstream media.

"Obviously, this was trespassing in order to steal information regarding NSP's strategy in the upcoming GE2015," it added.

The NSP said the "four intruders were captured on CCTV and police reports have been made regarding the incident". The party said it is also conducting its own investigations and will keep the public and its supporters informed of the ongoing investigations.

The NSP has lost several of the 12 potential candidates it had planned to field in the Sept 11 polls. Acting secretary-general Hazel Poa quit the party on Aug 19 over its decision to enter a three-cornered fight in the MacPherson Single Member Constituency (SMC).

Central executive committee member Steve Chia, who had pushed to reconsider contesting MacPherson, dropped out of the polls, citing the emergence of a website that listed details about a 2003 nude photo scandal he was embroiled in. Another committee member, Mr Mohamed Fazli Talip, quit the party last Monday.

The NSP had said that it wanted to contest the five-member Sembawang and Tampines GRCs, and also the MacPherson and Pioneer SMCs.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 31, 2015, with the headline 'NSP files police report over alleged trespassing'. Print Edition | Subscribe