Workers' Party (WP) potential candidate and National University of Singapore (NUS) sociologist Daniel Goh on Thursday night refuted the details of a poison pen letter that accused him of having an affair with a postgraduate student.
The email, addressed to WP leaders Sylvia Lim and Low Thia Khiang, was sent to newsrooms a day after Goh's official introduction as a candidate.
Responding to news of the letter in Lianhe Zaobao, Goh questioned the veracity and timing of the allegations he was hit with.
He said in a statement on his public Facebook page that he had always maintained a professional relationship with his students, adding that the allegation is "very hurtful and unfair to (his) family".
The news first broke on Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao, which reported that the letter was sent by a "Max Chan" to several newsrooms on Thursday, at 9.10pm, alleging that Goh had an affair in 2008 with the student, whom the letter writer said was in another relationship at the time.
The e-mail was also sent to the WP secretary-general Low Thia Khiang and chairman Sylvia Lim.
Goh told Lianhe Zaobao that he was advising the female student in her master's thesis from 2007 to 2009.
Top photo from Daniel Goh Facebook page.