SINGAPORE : Singapore’s opposition Workers’ Party has expelled its Member of Parliament (MP) for Hougang, Yaw Shin Leong, with immediate effect, amid allegations of an extramarital affair.Mr Yaw Shin Leong had secured a win in the last General Election, where the WP had its best showing.Workers’ Party (WP) has expelled Yaw Shin Leong with immediate effect.Angela Oon Scandal Workers Party Affair Yaw Shin Leong
At a news conference on Wednesday, WP chairman Sylvia Lim said Mr Yaw Shin Leong was expelled as he had several indiscretions in his private life, and the party has to take this step in public interest.She said other WP MPs will cover Mr Yaw Shin Leong’s duties.The decision paves the way for a by-election in Hougang, just nine months after the May elections.
The shocking announcement came after weeks of speculation and rumours that Mr Yaw Shin Leong has had an alleged extra-marital affair with a fellow opposition member.Party Chairman Sylvia Lim said at a media conference on Wednesday that the party believes strongly in transparency and accountability, and expects no less from party members, especially an MP.Singapore Parliamentarian Yaw Shin Leong having extra-maritial affair Scandal
She said Mr Yaw Shin Leong has been accused of several indiscretions in his private life.Ms Lim said Mr Yaw Shin Leong was asked many times to come forward and explain himself to the party but he remained silent.She said by continuing not to account to the party and the people, especially the residents of Hougang, he has broken the faith, trust and expectations of the party and the people.
The shocking announcement on Wednesday came after weeks of speculation and rumours that Mr Yaw Shin Leong had an alleged extramarital affair with a fellow party member.Other WP MPs will cover Mr Yaw Shin Leong’s duties in Hougang.Ms Lim said the decision was difficult and painful for the party.Party leaders said it is only fair that Hougang residents have another opportunity to elect their MP.The WP and Mr Yaw Shin Leong had maintained silence since allegations about the MP’s personal life appeared on Jan 20. On Feb 7, Mr Yaw Shin Leong resigned from his post as the WP treasurer.Yaw Shin Leong resigned from Workers’ Party leadership
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