MP Yaw Shin Leong expelled from WP, Hougang by-election

SINGAPORE - Workers' Party has expelled Hougang Member of Parliament (MP) Yaw Shin Leong with immediate effect.

At a press conference earlier today, the opposition party said Mr Yaw was expelled over his alleged marital affairs and is prepared for a by-election to be held in the single-seat ward.

Party chief Low Thia Khiang said on Wednesday afternoon that WP made the decision on Tuesday night because it felt Mr Yaw has fallen short of its expectations in being transparent and accountable to the party and to his constituents, reported The Straits Times.

WP chairman Sylvia Lim said that WP believes strongly in transparency and accountability, and expects no less from their party members, especially MPs.

Hence, by continuing not to account to the party and the people, especially the residents of Hougang, Mr Yaw broke the faith, trust and expectations of the party and people, she said.

"This is a difficult and painful decision for us. Shin Leong has been a core member of the Party leadership for more than 10 years, and has made significant and unique contributions towards WP's growth.

"He has also served the residents of Hougang diligently. However, the council has decided that it is in the public interest to take this step."

Ms Lim added that other WP MPs will cover Mr Yaw's duties and that it is only fair for Hougang residents to have another chance to elect their MP.

She apologised for having to put them through a by-election and assured Hougang residents that they will continue to be served by the party until the by-election is called.

The Meet-the-People sessions (MPS) in Hougang will continue, with other MPs covering and town council services will continue to be provided under the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council.

Ms Lim thanked the public for its concern towards the party.

Rumours surfaced in January alleging that Mr Yaw had an affair with a married woman who is from the Workers' Party as well.

A week later, the 35-year-old's MPS were cancelled and he was also absent from the Hougang office of the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council.

Earlier this month, Mr Yaw, who was the former treasurer, of the WP resigned from the position and was replaced by non-Constituency MP Yee Jenn Jong, the current deputy treasurer.

Mr Yaw remained a member of the WP until he was expelled from the party today.

Watch the video of the press conference here: