SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong posted on his Facebook page his letter accepting Mr Michael Palmer's resignation.
In the letter dated Dec 12, PM Lee acknowledged Mr Palmer's contributions to the People's Action Party, and in his roles as Member of Parliament (MP) for the single seat ward, Punggol East, and Speaker of Parliament.
"You have worked dillligently as an MP for Pasir Ris - Punggol GRC from 2006 - 2011 and since the 2011 General Election as MP for Punggol East SMC.
"As an MP, you have worked long hours, tirelessly attending to the concerns of your residents, reaching out particularly to the needy and to youths, and building stronger bonds among them.
"As Speaker over the past year, you have presided over proceedings in the house with dignity and a sure touch. You have maintained order and decorum during Question Time and debates, struck the right balance of flexibility and firmness in applying the Standing Orders, and won the respect of Ministers and backbenchers alike," PM Lee wrote in the letter.
However, PM Lee pointed out that all PAP MPs and advisors to grassroots organisations were required to uphold high standards of personal conduct. This is especially so when dealing with constituents, grassroots activists and staff.
"I am glad that you realise what you did was wrong, and have been forthright in acknowledging the mistake you made.
"I hope Singaporeans will give you and your family the peace and privacy to rebuild your lives. I encourage you to contributing to our society in your own way, and am confident that in time you will be able to put this mistake behind you," he wrote in the letter.