Woman withdraws allegations about Chua Chu Kang Town Council, apologises

The woman who wrote to sociopolitical website The Real Singapore with false allegations about the Chua Chu Kang Town Council and its MP Zaqy Mohamad (above) has apologised for her remarks and is withdrawing them. -- BH FILE PHOTO: M.O. SALLEH
The woman who wrote to sociopolitical website The Real Singapore with false allegations about the Chua Chu Kang Town Council and its MP Zaqy Mohamad (above) has apologised for her remarks and is withdrawing them. -- BH FILE PHOTO: M.O. SALLEH

THE woman who wrote to sociopolitical website The Real Singapore (TRS) with false allegations about the Chua Chu Kang Town Council and its MP Zaqy Mohamad has apologised for her remarks and is withdrawing them.

Ms Serene Tham, whose age and occupation cannot be established yet, made her apology in a statement she issued with the town council on Friday.

Ms Tham had suffered injuries after she fell on a staircase at Block 293, Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3, in May. She wrote to TRS twice complaining about the town council's handling of her case.

In her second letter, published by TRS on July 13, Ms Tham alleged the town council had replaced the staircase railing, which she said contradicted a claim allegedly made by Mr Zaqy that there were no issues with it.

Mr Zaqy subsequently took TRS to task for publishing this second letter as he said it contained false information.

Friday's joint statement read: "Ms Serene Tham had checked and acknowledged that there was indeed no replacement of railings and admitted her mistakes in stating otherwise in her letter to TRS."

It said Ms Tham, who is pursuing an insurance claim for the incident, had assumed the railings were replaced as the town council had told the loss adjustor that it is considering replacing the railings in the future.

The statement added that the town council will also work to improve its communication efforts, as it had made a typo error when passing the contact number of the insurer to Ms Tham.

It said Ms Tham will be writing to the editor of TRS to remove her July 13 letter.