Friday 10 June 2011

72,289 minus 3 Singaporeans want George Yeo to be President

or is it just minus 1, read below article in The Straits Times today, 10 Jun 2011

Post on George Yeo 'a fake'
Ex-teacher says she's victim of impersonation

RETIRED teacher Joan Fong, daughter of the late finance minister Hon Sui Sen, believes she was a victim of cyberspace impersonation, with an Internet post in her name attacking her former student George Yeo.

Mrs Fong, 68, told The Straits Times yesterday she was not behind a post found on the socio-political website The Online Citizen (TOC), which questioned the former foreign minister’s sincerity in running for the elected presidency.

Mrs Fong said: ‘I am furious. George Yeo was my student. I remember him as a brilliant boy. Why would I say these things of him?

‘Maybe some people critical of George Yeo found out that I know him and wanted to use me to attack him and to sway the public with falsehoods about him.’

Mrs Fong said she taught general paper and physics during Mr Yeo’s pre-university years (1971-1972) at St Joseph’s Institution.

She later taught at Raffles Junior College until she retired in 2003.

Now a writer of school textbooks, Mrs Fong said she learnt about the alleged impersonation last weekend when a friend sent her an e-mail that referred to three Internet posts, penned under the names of Jenny Hu, Jane Ho and Joan Hon.

Joan Hon is Mrs Fong’s maiden name.

All were critical of Mr Yeo, 56, and questioned if he would be suitable as president.

The post penned in her name read: ‘I am a Christian, and I don’t believe George Yeo is sincere. If he is, then he would just pray but not (sic) telling the whole world about it.’

The post noted how Mr Yeo had said, a few days after being voted out of his Aljunied GRC seat during the May 7 polls, that he did not think he was ‘temperamentally suited’ for the presidency as he considered himself ‘a free spirit’.

On June 1, Mr Yeo said in a Facebook post that he was mulling over whether to run, after receiving numerous requests from people to reconsider, and was ‘thinking hard about it and praying for wisdom’.

His supporters collected application forms for an eligibility certificate for him on Monday, shortly before he flew off to Taiwan. Mr Yeo said in another Facebook post that day that he hoped to make a decision in two weeks.

He has declined all media interviews on this matter.

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