[UPDATE: 10 Sept]
According to Channel NewsAsia, Dr Vivian has said that the post was accidental, and is the result of a “bug”. The Facebook post was originally uploaded on 4 Sept, and had been auto-posting since then. The tweet was sent out along with the Facebook post, since both social media accounts are linked.
In a statement, Dr Vivian also said that Facebook headquarters have been contacted, and an investigation requested.
We can’t wait for Zuckerberg’s reply.
PAP’s Vivian Balakrishnan might have violated Cooling-Off Day rules
Another Cooling-Off Day, another controversy.
4 years after Tin Pei Ling’s friend was let off with a police warning for leaving a Facebook comment with the politician’s account on Cooling-Off Day 2011, a People’s Action Party (PAP) candidate’s just gone and posted something on social media again.
This time, Holland-Bukit Timah Group Representation Constituency (GRC) candidate Vivian Balakrishnan’s under fire for tweeting at 1.52 am, 10 Sept, a.k.a Cooling-Off Day 2015.
Terry Xu gets involved
Terry Xu caught wind of the offensive tweet, and has gone to the police with the screenshots.
Mr Xu is listed as the Executive Editor of The Online Citizen, according to the TOC website.
According to the Elections Department, candidates are prohibited from campaigning on Cooling-Off and Polling Days.
Candidates are also advised to be careful of public conduct, and “avoid any action that may be perceived as campaigning”.
The statutes say
According to the Attorney-General’s Chambers, candidates cannot publish any “election advertising” on, and on the eve of, polling day.
Individuals caught breaking these rules face a fine of up to $1,000, or imprisonment of not more than 12 months.