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SDP and JTC trade words over campaign launch venue cancellation

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The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) and JTC Corporation have posted on Facebook their versions of events which led to the last-minute cancellation of the venue booking for the political party's election campaign launch on Saturday.

The event was to have been held at a building in Eunos where JTC is the landlord.

SDP posted what it said was the text of an e-mail sent on Friday from a representative of KCC Ventures, which manages the SLV Hub events space. It purportedly said that all events on Saturday had to be cancelled due to a "last-minute unforeseen JTC Inspection", and that a full refund would be issued.

The SDP also claimed in the social media post that a manager from SLV Hub later said over the phone that the building management had insisted that events that are political in nature are not allowed on its premises.

As a result of the cancellation, SDP said it had to scramble to hold the event at Mandarin Orchard Hotel.

In its Facebook post on Saturday, JTC said it had "no prior knowledge" of the event, and that it had informed the venue owner on Feb 8 of an inspection to take place on Feb 28, not Feb 23. - TIFFANY FUMIKO TAY

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