PAP chairman and Minister for National Development Mr Khaw Boon Wan said the Workers' Party (WP) should come clean with the people on expelled WP member Yaw Shin Leong's alleged extramarital affair.
The New Paper reported today that Mr Khaw expressed surprise with the WP's "sudden U-turn" of expelling Mr Yaw from the party when the WP leadership had stood shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with him at the party's Chinese New Year dinner.
Speaking to the media during a door-stop, Mr Khaw asked why the WP took so long to investigate the allegations and said the WP has to come clean and explain what changed their minds recently.
He also questioned why the WP fielded Mr Yaw to run in Hougang single-member constituency (SMC) if the party already knew about his alleged affair then.
According to The New Paper, he also said it is sad that the voters have been misled by the WP.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also commented on WP's handling of Yaw's alleged affair, saying that the WP has let down Hougang voters.
He said Hougang SMC is vacant due to Mr Yaw's doing and the way the WP has handled the matter, The Straits Times reported.
The English daily also reported PM Lee as saying that he would consider carefully whether to call a by-election as it is "a very serious matter" and that Singapore had a general election less than a year ago.
PM Lee also said there is no fixed time within which he must call a by-election, while Mr Khaw noted that the PAP remains committed to Hougang, which has been in WP hands since 1991.
Mr Yaw won the seat from PAP's Desmond Choo in the May 2011 General Election.
Former presidential candidate Tan Kin Lian also gave his comments on this issue in a letter written to The Straits Times.
He said in the letter that the best person to judge Mr Yaw is his wife, and that the Hougang constituents will judge Mr Yaw at the next general election.
|MP Yaw Shin Leong expelled from WP, Hougang by-election
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