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PA explains decision to name Laura Ong

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 9:39 PM Updated: Jan 9, 2013 1:56 AM

The People’s Association (PA) has explained its decision to release the name of Ms Laura Ong to the media, amid growing criticisms of its decision.

PA deputy chairman Lim Swee Say said on Friday that the organisation deliberated at length on whether to identify Ms Ong as the woman involved in the Michael Palmer affair but ultimately felt they could not keep it under wraps.

He said that although they did not want to “add to her pain” by identifying her, they recognised that the case had attracted much public attention.

He said: “We…owe it to our staff to let them know. Actually, otherwise, we would all be speculating.  So we decided to inform our staff, let them know what has happened, that this person resigned and what was the reason.”  

He added that in an organisation with 2,000 staff members, it would not be possible to keep an internal circular private.

“In today's open world, it's not possible to keep an internal circular internal. The moment we send out the email, within one second, you would have got the info anyway. So we decided, since we were going to inform our internal staff, no point trying to keep something internal, which is impossible,” he said.