WP GE Candidate Prof Daniel Goh Accused of Extra-Marital Affair with Student

The Workers’ Party’s recently-unveiled candidate for the upcoming General Election, Daniel Goh Pei Siong, has been accused of having an extra-marital affair.

Dr Goh, an Associate Professor of Sociology with the National University of Singapore, is said to have had an affair with one of his female students.

This accusation was penned in an email to WP chairman Sylvia Lim, secretary-general Low Thia Kiang, as well as several media agencies at 9.10pm last night (27 Aug).

The letter writer, who identified himself as “Max Chan”,  claimed that the woman’s boyfriend, whom he referred to only as J, had found out about the alleged affair after going through her phone messages.

“Max Chan” said the alleged affair casts doubts on Mr Goh’s character and moral standards.

Dr Goh has confirmed that he is familiar with the woman whom he is accused of having an affair with.

He said that he was mentoring the woman for her Master’s thesis, between 2007 and 2009.

He said that she left Singapore to for doctorate studies, and returned to Singapore and became his teaching assistant, leaving that position in 2012.

Dr Goh said he still keeps touch with the woman because she respects him very much.

He has denied having an affair with the woman, and questioned the intentions of “Max Chan” in sending such a letter to the press at this point of time.


Dr Goh is married to a full-time time housewife.

They have a 3-year-old son.


Back in 2012, a by-election was held in Hougang SMC, after MP Yaw Shin Leong, who was the Workers’ Party’s treasurer at that time, was caught having an extra-marital affair with a married China national who assisted him with translation work.

Yaw refused to explain the reasons for his actions to the party, and was expelled.

He didn’t contest the expulsion, and is believed to have left Singapore shortly after that.

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