Voters of Hougang let down by WP: PM Lee

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has criticised the Workers' Party (WP) and its former Hougang MP, Mr Yaw Shin Leong, and said the events that led to the by-election there should not be a distraction.

"Over the past year, the Government has worked hard together with Singaporeans to implement its programme to build an inclusive Singapore, and improve the lives of all," he wrote on Facebook.

When "news surfaced of the personal indiscretions of Mr Yaw", the WP first kept totally silent, then supported him, and then three weeks later suddenly expelled him from the party.

"Until now the WP has not given Singaporeans a full and proper account of what happened, or why it acted in this way. Mr Yaw himself has said nothing, either to explain or to apologise for his behaviour, and has reportedly left the country," Mr Lee wrote.

"Both the WP and Mr Yaw have let down all those who voted for him."

Mr Lee said much work remains ahead to translate the Government's "good policies and programmes into actions on the ground, and to deliver the results that we all look forward to".

He said he hoped the events that led to the Hougang constituency seat falling vacant "will not distract us from focusing on our national priorities, and building an inclusive Singapore".

He mentioned that the Constitution does not require him to call a by-election within any fixed timeframe. But he had said in Parliament that he would do so in Hougang and had advised the President to issue the Writ of Election.

"The by-election will give Hougang residents the chance to elect a new MP to serve them. I encourage Hougang voters to use this opportunity wisely, to elect the best candidate with commitment and integrity: someone they can rely upon to express their hopes and concerns, address their needs, and make a real difference to their lives," he wrote.

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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