WP's Low Thia Khiang allegedly advised former disgraced member to stay silent

Dec 06, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership
Former Workers’ Party (WP) Member of Parliament (MP) Yaw Shin Leong has refuted a statement made by the party’s chief Pritam Singh last week that he was dismissed from the opposition party in 2012 — over allegations of having an extramarital affair — because he did not hold himself accountable to both the party and the public.

Yaw said in a Facebook post on Monday (Dec 6), written under the alias “Amos Rao”, that Pritam’s assertion was not true.

Pritam had brought up the 2012 incident last Thursday during a press conference regarding former WP MP Raeesah Khan’s resignation from the party on Nov 30, after she confessed that she had lied in Parliament during a speech she gave in August.

Writing on Facebook, Yaw said that even before the allegations had surfaced, he had “accounted the situation candidly” to the party’s then-secretary general, Low Thia Khiang.

And when the allegations surfaced, he “immediately accounted” to both Low and party chairman Sylvia Lim.

“I was advised to stay silent,” said Yaw.

Yaw said he “placed party before self” and in order to “minimise the fallout”, he kept silent as well as resigned from the party’s central executive committee (CEC).

“My intention was to give WP CEC a blank cheque to paint the narrative required. To facilitate the process, I travelled out of Singapore voluntarily,” he said.

Nevertheless, Yaw said he was expelled from the party on Feb 14, 2012 for “breaking the faith, trust and expectations of the party and people”.

“I am okay with this narrative, but I am not okay with what Pritam said, for I did account myself.”

In his comments last Thursday, Pritam admitted that party leaders knew that Ms Raeesah, a former Sengkang Group Representation Constituency MP, had lied a week after she delivered her parliamentary speech — nearly three months before she set the record straight in Parliament, and her subsequent resignation.

A reporter noted that Yaw was dismissed within a month of the allegations of the affair surfacing, and asked Pritam why there was this “difference in time frame”.

In response, Pritam said that Ms Khan’s actions had occurred in Parliament, and once the record had been “set right”, the party needed to assess where it stood with regards to her conduct.

“There were a number of things that we wanted to do, and we did not feel that we had to rush that process. She is an MP after all, and it was important that natural justice took its course,” he said.

On Yaw, he said that the man “did not account himself” to the party after the allegations against him were made.

“He did not address the media, he did not address the party,” said Pritam.

“The party was willing to give him some space to get himself organised, but this just went on, and it went on to a point where this was just unreasonable conduct."

Pritam said this was “not acceptable” and the party took the decision to fire Yaw.

Yaw was elected MP for the Hougang Single Member Constituency in the 2011 General Election.

In January 2012, allegations of his affair with a married woman emerged.

Yaw told the media then that he would not be commenting on the rumours.

On Feb 15 that year, the party announced Yaw’s expulsion, and this triggered a by-election which saw WP member Png Eng Huat taking over Yaw’s position as the MP for Hougang.

Yaw said in his Facebook post on Monday that he was “not entertaining any media queries and will leave (the matter) as it is”.

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.