Yaw Shin Leong quits Workers' Party leadership

The Workers' Party (WP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Hougang, Mr Yaw Shin Leong, has resigned from his party's leadership.

This was announced in a statement by WP last night after the monthly meeting of its executive council earlier that day. The statement said that Mr Yaw, 35, will now focus on his responsibilities as MP for his constituency.

Mr Yaw will cease to be WP's treasurer with immediate effect. He will be replaced by Non-Constituency MP Yee Jenn Jong, the current deputy treasurer. Mr Yaw will remain a member of the WP.

Mr Yaw pledged in a separate statement to continue serving his constituents.

Neither statements by WP nor Mr Yaw provided a reason for Mr Yaw's sudden resignation. Neither responded to media queries by press time.

The surprise change in WP's leadership comes after Mr Yaw was embroiled in allegations of an extramarital affair with a female member of his party, who is also married.

Mr Yaw joined the Workers' Party in 2001. He succeeded Mr Low Thia Khiang, WP's secretary-general, in Hougang when Mr Low left the single-seat ward to contest in Aljunied GRC for the 2011 election.

The following is the statement from the Workers' Party:

Changes In Workers Party Leadership

The Workers' Party wishes to inform the public that at the monthly meeting of the Executive Council on Tuesday, 7 February 2012, the Council accepted the resignation of Yaw Shin Leong from the party leadership. Yaw Shin Leong will cease to be Treasurer of the Party with immediate effect.

The Council has also decided to appoint the Deputy Treasurer, Yee Jenn Jong, as the Party's Treasurer.

Yaw Shin Leong will focus on his responsibilities as Member of Parliament for Hougang.

The Workers' Party assures residents of Hougang of the Party's commitment to the constituency and to supporting the work of their Member of Parliament.