SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sent this letter to former Speaker of Parliament and MP Michael Palmer after his resignation.
Dear Mr Palmer,
Thank you for your letter. I accept your resignation as a member of the People's Action Party.
You have worked diligently as an MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC from 2006 to 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 youth, and building stronger bonds among them.
As town council chairman, you helped to maintain and improve facilities, with an eye on what was practical and cost-effective.
As Speaker over the past year, you have presided over proceedings in the House with dignity and a sure touch. You 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.
It is therefore with great sadness that I accept your resignation and your apologies for what happened.
However, it is necessary that all PAP MPs and advisers to grassroots organisations uphold the highest standards of personal conduct, especially in dealing with constituents, grassroots activists and staff, and that the party be seen to hold its MPs and advisers to these standards.
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 continue contributing to our society in your own way, and am confident that in time you will be able to put this mistake behind you.
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