Just days before Nomination Day on 27 April 2011, the PAP team in the Holland-Bukit Timah Group Representation Constituency (GRC) led by Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, told the press that the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) was "suppressing" a video which would "raise some awkward questions" about the party's agenda. Dr. Wijeysingha's response was that he was unsure about which video Balakrishnan was referring to and that the SDP was "an open party".
The issue of the video was clarified on 25 April 2011, two days before Nomination Day, with both the PAP and the SDP issuing statements about the issue.
The PAP has released a statement addressing the online video which it alleged the SDP is trying to suppress. The statement is below and undersigned by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan and his GRC team.
A video was posted on the internet showing Vincent Wijeysingha participating at a forum on Section 377A of the Penal Code.
In the video, Wijeysingha was introduced as being from the SDP.
In addition to other comments, Wijeysingha stated: ‘I think the gay community has to rally ourselves. Perhaps one outcome of today’s forum would be, for those of us who are interested, to come together to further consider how we can address the 377 issue as well as further rights issues in relation to gays and lesbians.’
We believe that candidates should be upfront about their political agenda and motives, so that voters are able to make an informed choice.
The issue is not Wijeysingha’s sexual orientation. That is a matter for him.
The video raises the question on whether Wijeysingha will now pursue this cause in the political arena and what is the SDP’s position on the matter.
It is obvious the above release is aimed at smearing Dr Vincent Wijeysingha and the SDP team, trivialising and infantilising their efforts and reducing them to alleged advocates of an issue which homophobes alone in their own bigoted world find morally contentious - the "gay agenda".