Raeesah Khan and other members of the Workers’ Party accused party leader Pritam Singh of lying in the public statement following Khan’s resignation.
This was indicated in their statements to the Committee of Privileges, which is investigating the matter of Khan lying in parliament about police mishandling of case involving a sexual assault victim.
Khan, together with her former secretarial assistant Ms Loh Pei Ying, former legislative assistant Lim Hang Ling and party volunteer Yudhishthra Nathanm had been called to give their statements to the committee.
Khan said she spoke with Singh on 7 August this year and informed him that what she had said in parliament regarding the sexual assault case was untrue.
On 8 Aug, she met Singh, party chairman Sylvia Lim and vice-chairman Faisal Manap and confessed to them to seek their guidance.
Khan said that they told her that the best thing for her to do would be to continue with the narrative that she had already given in Parliament – which she understood to mean continue with her lie without the need to make any clarifications.
She added that Singh visited her home on 3 October and told her that “if she kept to her existing narrative on the untruths… there would be no judgment by him”.
Khan said that if the WP leaders had told her to confess in Parliament in October 2021, she would have done so.
Ms Khan subsequently admitted that she had lied about the case in the November parliamentary sitting and resigned on 30 Nov.
A press conference was held by the WP on 2 December, in which Singh said that “there had been an order to Ms Khan to clarify the truth in Parliament in October, but she acted contrary to that.”
Khan, however, said that this statement was false, and that there was no order for her to clarify the facts.
Loh also said in her that “when Ms Khan felt the need to come clean, she had informed the WP leadership of the matter. They knew. Thus, it was not fair to Ms Khan, that in public, all the blame is put on her by the WP.”
She added that the WP’s statement had intentionally left out the role of Pritam Singh, Sylvia Lim and Faisal Manap, and that “several parts of the statement” made by Singh to the media “were not true”.
The Committee of Privileges’ probe continues and WP leaders are set to give their testimony at the hearings.