Timeline of Yaw Shin Leong's scandal

Formery Workers' Party member was expelled by the opposition party earlier this week following allegations of extramarital affairs.

Here is a breakdown of events from the time the rumours first broke last month till today:

2011 General Election: Contested for Hougang SMC. Won PAP's Desmond Choo Pey Ching with 64.81 per cent of the votes.

June 7, 2011 - Feb 7, 2012: Treasurer, Central Executive Council, WP

Jan 2012: News of alleged affair with a married woman breaks out

Jan 18, 2012: The New Paper asks Mr Yaw's married Workers' Party (WP) colleague about the allegations of them having an affair. She neither confirms nor denies the allegations. At his Meet-the-People Session (MPS) that evening, Mr Yaw says he will not comment on rumours. WP party chief Low Thia Kiang says the same thing during his MPS the same evening

Jan 20, 2012: Socio-political website Temasek Review Emeritus publishes a story alleging that a Mr Yaw, "a core member of a prominent opposition party", is having an affair with a married woman from the same party.

Jan 18, 2012: Mr Yaw is a no-show at his MPS and was reportedly absent from his town council office for about a week. He disappears from public eye.

Jan 26, 2012: TNP reports that netizens had been posting on Mr Yaw's Facebook page, asking him to tackle the allegations head-on.

Feb 1, 2012: Mr Yaw still refuses to comment on the allegations. At his MPS, former National Solidarity Party secretary-general and ex-WP member Goh Meng Seng shows up with four friends.

Feb 7, 2012:Resigns as treasurer for WP. No reason is given for his resignation. Non-Constituency MP Yee Jenn Jong replaces him as treasurer.

Feb 9, 2012 Mr Yaw's alleged affair with a married Chinese national who had assisted him with translation work is reported in The New Paper.

Feb 11, 2012: More than 1,000 Hougang residents celebrate Chinese New Year with Mr Yaw over a hearty dinner. Mr Yaw's wife, Madam Lau Wang Lin, heads the team of 12 grassroots members who organise the dinner.

Feb 15, 2012: Expelled from WP with immediate effect

Feb 16, 2012:Seen at Changi airport Terminal 1 with luggage. Media reports say he has been thinking of leaving the country since rumours first appeared online in Jan.

dassa@sph.com.sg


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