Jamus is coming.
Somehow, Jamus is now suddenly asked to appear before the COP.
We first found this out from the special report, before Pritam’s testimony was released.
We still didn’t know what Pritam said yet at that point, and I was worried Pritam said something stupid to drag Jamus into the fray.
But he didn't, from what I watched in the hearing. I'm surprised then why Jamus is called to appear before the COP.
You can also see in the report that MP Dennis from WP voted too to call Jamus to the hearing, despite voting "No" to every other item.
Well, anyone from WP that is involved in this debacle will not come out looking good. This is PAP’s best opportunity to drag Jamus through the mud and dismantle what goodwill he had built in GE20. And this could well be the reason he's called up, given there's nothing else at the moment to support summoning him to the hearing.
BUT, I think PAP will do well to be careful.
The fact that WP has so many supporters sticking to it through thick and thin can be attributed to the status of WP as an underdog. If PAP overplays its hand and turns this into a heavy handed assault on WP, public opinion can easily sway against them.
And also, never underestimate Jamus.
He is more eloquent than the common opposition member. Having said that though, a COP hearing is unlike anything he has faced before. I’m interested to see how he, as an academic, perform under this different kind of pressure.
The last time we had an academic go up against a minister, public opinion didn't turn out very well for either side. The COP should bear that in mind.