If you want to be a politician in Singapore, you better learn to keep your dick in check.
Two elected MPs, Yaw Shin Leong and Michael Palmer learned their lesson the hard way in 2012. One is from the white camp and the other from the blue camp. Yaw’s alleged affair surfaced at the beginning of the year while Palmer’s affair surfaced now at the end of the year.
Here’s a comparision between the two:
|Name||Michael Palmer||Yaw Shin Leong (饶欣龙)|
|Political Party||People’s Action Party||Workers’ Party|
|Date of Birth||born 14 July 1968||born 2 June 1976|
|In Parliament||12 October 2011 – 12 December 2012||7 May 2011 – 14 February 2012|
|Former Speaker of the House in the Parliament of Singapore and elected MP for Punggol East Single Member Constituency from October 2011 till December 2012, where he resigned due to an affair with a member of the People’s Association.||Former Treasurer of The Workers’ Party of Singapore, and was a Member of Parliament representing the constituency of Hougang after the 2011 Singapore General Elections until he was expelled by the Worker’s Party in February 2012.|
|Political Mentor||Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Home Affairs, Co-ordinating Minister for National Security and Minister-in-charge of the Civil Service, Rear-Admiral Teo Chee Hean||Leader of the Workers’ Party and MP for Aljunied GRC, Low Thia Khiang|
|Naughty Business||Had an affair with a member of the People’s Association.||Allegedly had an extramarital affair with a fellow member of the Workers’ Party though Yaw neither confirmed nor denied the rumour to date.|
|Party’s Action||Press Conference on 12 December 2012 to announce Palmer’s resignation.||On 15 February 2012, the Workers’ Party announced that Yaw has been expelled with immediate effect, citing ‘indiscretions in personal life’ as reasons for expulsion.|
|By-Election||???||Yes, seat was won by Png Eng Huat from Workers’ Party|
Regardless if a by-election is called, some of the PAP’s moral attacks at the WP during the Hougang by-election is definitely going to come back and haunt them…
What are your thoughts over Michael Palmer’s sudden resignation?
Personally, I do not see a link between the two men’s personal indiscretion and their work integrity. It is not that I support men having affairs, but it is their own personal lives and responsibility to their family. Nonetheless, I am getting my popcorn ready to watch show.
Here’s a video recording of the PAP press conference earlier this afternoon to announce Palmer’s resignation: