SINGAPORE: The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) said on Tuesday (Jan 7) it plans to take legal action after its application to cancel correction directions was rejected.
The opposition party had applied to cancel the directions, which were issued last month under an online falsehoods law over statements SDP had made on its website and Facebook page about employment issues.
In a statement on Tuesday, SDP called the ministry's response a "cop-out" and said it had failed to provide "any grounds" for its decision.
"In rejecting the SDP’s application for the cancellation of the correction directions, the MOM has failed to provide any grounds for its decision," said the party. "MOM’s reply simply insisted that 'your application does not provide sufficient grounds for the cancellation of the (correction directions)'."
"This is not a rational answer, as the SDP had submitted a detailed account – including analysing MOM’s own statistics – of the reasons for the statements in our posts."
The party said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo did not refute "our specific arguments", saying she had either "refused to do so or been unable to do so".
It also criticised the ruling People's Action Party, saying the party "hurls accusations against its opponents, but refuses to substantiate its arguments when rebutted with official data".
"This is hardly the kind of leadership Singaporeans should expect or deserve."