Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wrote in his Facebook when he announced the by-election in Hougang: “Both the WP and Mr Yaw have let down all those who voted for“. Why I called LHL’s statement “the pot calling the kettle black”? Instead of acknowledging that the Workers’ Party did the right thing, he chose the low road. And as the opposition MP Pritam singh said “people who stay in glass houses should not throw stones,” because PAP are not devoid of corrupted MPs and Ministers themselves. Pritam Singh had highlighted a few, namely, Phey Yew Kok, Teh Cheang Wan and Choo Wee Khiang in his rally speech. While the ex-Hougang oppositon MP may have cheated his wife and as a result was expelled from the party, these three people mentioned had failed their respective organisations and Singapore people at large by enriching themselves. It makes LHL’a statement ridiculous, if not hypocritical, and Yaw’s “crime” a lot less serious in comparison. At least whatever “sin” he did is personal, he still did his MP job well. He did not fail in discharge his public duties unlike the three PAP men highlighted. No selection is perfect and the prime minister said ” there’s no process which is 100 per cent accurate” himself when trying to explain the Steven Tan last minute’s pull out from the election just one year ago? Simply bad politics that back fire.
[Updated 14 Dec 2012: So with the latest Michael Palmer’s saga, it confirms a old Chinese’s saying that “Don’t do to others what you don’t want others do to you”, what goes around, comes around. Now the words is going to haunt LHL for a long time, just replaces the main character Yaw with Palmer: “Both the PAP and Mr Palmer have let down all those who voted for“. (more)]