WP MP and blogger patch up
There is nothing like a face to face meeting over a couple of drinks to make up over a heated argument online.
Worker's Party MP Pritam Singh and blogger Andrew Loh met up this afternoon to talk about the online spat they had a few days ago.
The Facebook page for Public House, a website which Mr Loh runs, uploaded on Thursday evening a picture of the two of them having drinks at a hawker centre.
Both are smiling in the picture, and Mr Singh is seen giving a thumbs-up.
The caption reads that on Thursday afternoon, “the two had a cordial and honest chat and, in Andrew's words, "All's cool."”
Separately, Mr Loh left a comment on the Facebook page of the Every Day Party thanking Mr Singh for “being a gentleman”.
Asked by Singapolitics about what was discussed, Mr Loh said he would leave it to Mr Singh to comment.
But he confirmed that during the discussion he answered several questions Mr Singh had raised during their online exchange.
Mr Singh had asked if it was true that Mr Loh was a former member of the Young PAP. He also asked for the reasons why Mr Loh left the WP in 2008, and the identity of the funders of Public House.
Mr Loh told Singapolitics that he was never part of the Young PAP or the PAP. He left the Workers’ Party because he felt it presented a conflict of interest with his position as an editor of The Online Citizen at that time.
He added that Public House is funded through donations from readers, friends, and volunteers.
Singapolitics has contacted Mr Singh asking for his comments but he has not yet replied to queries.
The two crossed swords over the WP's engagement strategy online and the argument got heated. It even resulted in Mr Singh calling Mr Loh's behaviour "pathological".
But for now it does seem that a few drinks at a hawker centre seemed to allowed the two to put this episode behind them