PSP source: Lee Hsien Yang a 'liability to the party'; Tan Cheng Bock wary of association

May 23, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

Lee Hsien Yang (LHY) is becoming a "liability to the party", said a Progress Singapore Party (PSP) member on Sunday (Apr 5).

The member spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

"Dr Tan Cheng Bock (PSP secretary-general) is wary of his association with Hsien Yang after he (LHY) released an opinion piece through Malaysian media criticising the Singapore government," he said.

This comes after LHY published an opinion on Malaysian media Malay Mail yesterday (Apr 4), criticising the People's Action Party (PAP) and his brother, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, for putting its interests "above those of the country and the people it rules".

LHY questioned Singapore's leadership's "obssesing over how to call an early election" despite having a strong mandate. He further said that the Singapore government is "seemingly deaf to grim realities" and that Singaporeans "should be very angry that the current leadership seems to have misplaced priorities.

PSP agrees with Hsien Yang but disagrees with how the message was delivered

The source said: "While the party (unofficially) agrees with Hsien Yang that the Singapore government should not hold the elections during this pandemic, it is the general understanding of party members that the method to which Hsien Yang chose to air out his grievance is not proper."

"It's obvious that Hsien Yang is exploiting the pandemic to drum up his waning support against his brother. That speaks volume of his integrity and character."

"It's not good optics for party politics especially when the elections is less than a year away," the source added.

LHY is currently embroiled in a high-profile feud with his estranged brother over the fate of their parents' residence at 38 Oxley Road. LHY claimed that PM Lee had misled his late father, founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, into thinking their family home at 38 Oxley Road had been gazetted by the Government.

Dr Tan had said in September last year that LHY and him are good friends and that the business executive can join PSP with the condition that LHY adhere to party terms.

Dr Tan said, "Many thought he (Lee Hsien Yang) must be coming to join me because of his personal agenda. He must make it clear, what his personal agenda is, and what is PSP’s standpoint”.

“So if he ever joins, he must join on my terms” Dr Tan concluded.

Leong Mun Wai pulled a 'Raeesah Khan' in Parliament on Telegram hearsay

Jan 13, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership
On Tuesday (Jan 11), Progress Singapore Party (PSP) member Leong Mun Wai claimed that he received feedback from residents, "that some teachers have already practised vaccination diferentiated safe management measures in schools".

When asked by Education Minister Chan Chun Sing to name the schools and teachers involved, Leong backpedalled and said that the feedback was through Whatsapp and that he would need to ask 'his' residents before making a clarification. He later disclosed that the feedback originated from a Telegram group called SG Concerned Parents.

After a terse exchange between Chan and Speaker of the House Tan Chuan Jin, Leong admitted that the chat group messages did not name any particular schools.

Indranee: When you make allegations against teachers and just cast it out there, you must be able to substantiate it

Leong's response drew a rebuke from Leader of the House Indranee Rajah who admonished Leong for making unsubstantiated claims.

Indranee rose and said: "When you make allegations against teachers and just cast it out there, you must be able to substantiate it. And that is why Minister Chan (had) asked, ‘Please provide me with the details of which school and which teacher so that the Ministry of Education can follow up'.”

She described Leong’s explanation on Tuesday as an attempt to “grandstand” or make broad speeches that have no bearing on the details requested by the Education Minister.

Leong Mun Wai another Raeesah Khan?

In August last year, Raeesah shared an anecdote in Parliament about details of a rape case she alleged was mishandled by the police. She later admitted to lying about the anecdote.

In 2014, Workers' Party MP Faisal Manap also made an unsubstantiated claim alleging that when he was a counsellor, he came across a couple who were having housing issues and advised to file for a divorce by the Housing and Development Board — so that the wife would be eligible to buy a house under the Singles Scheme and she could subsequently remarry her husband.

He later apologised for not verifying the authenticity of his anecdote.