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WP MP Raeesah Khan Admits to Lying in Parliament about Rape Case


Workers’ Party MP for Sengkang GRC, Raeesah Khan, has admitted that she lied about the details of a rape case which she brought up in parliament in August this year.

Khan also apologised for claiming that police had mishandled the case.

Khan said in August during the Workers’ Party’s motion on empowering women that she had accompanied a 25-year-old woman to make a police report three years ago.

She said that the woman, who claimed to have been a victim of rape, was brought to tears when a police officer made comments about her dressing and the fact that she had been drinking.

Khan later refused to give more details about the incident despite being questioned in parliament, and when police requested for more details about the incident.

She admitted today that the story was an anecdote shared by a victim in a support group for victims of sexual assault, and that she did not have consent to share the story in parliament.

“I did not share that I was a part of the group, as I did not have the courage to publicly admit that I was part of it. I attended the support group because I myself am a survivor of sexual assault.”

Khan said she was part of the support group because she had been sexually assaulted as an 18-year-old while studying abroad.

Workers’ Party chief and Leader of the Opposition, Pritam Singh, said Khan should not have shared an account that contained untruths in the House.

Leader of the House Indranee Rajah raised an official complaint against Raeesah for breaching Parliamentary privilege, and asked for the matter to be referred to the Committee of Privileges.

This committee looks into any complaint alleging breaches of parliamentary privilege.



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