Yaw says sorry to Hougang voters

Mr Yaw Shin Leong, the former MP for Hougang and Workers' Party (WP) member has apologised to Hougang voters.

However, his former party appeared not too impressed with his short apology, and one nominated MP has called Yaw's apology weak.

His apology comes a week before Hougang voters go to the polls.

In the letter which was released to the media, he told the voters that he was sorry for the "inconvenience" caused as a result of his expulsion from the WP.

In his letter, there was no mention of the alleged extra-marital affairs.

He explained his absence in the country.

Since Feb 15, he and his wife had travelled out of Singapore in an "attempt to build" their lives as "private individuals away from the glare of the media".

They would always regard Singapore as their home and "will be back regularly", he wrote.

Lastly he called on the voters to support WP's candidate Png Eng Huat to keep the "Hougang Spirit" strong and the "flame of parliamentary democracy alive".

Mr Yaw had to vacate the Hougang seat after he was expelled from the WP on Feb 14 for failing to give an account of the allegations on his extra-marital affairs.

The vacancy resulted in the ongoing by-election in which WP is fielding Mr Png Eng Huat. The People's Action Party is fielding Mr Desmond Choo.

Polling Day is on May 26.

Below is his statement in full.

"With the by-election for Hougang around the corner, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your votes for me on 7th May 2011, and your patience and support for me during my 9 months term in Hougang.

"I also wish to apologise for the inconvenience caused to you, for the whole episode and having to go through the polls again as a result of my expulsion from the Worker's Party.

"Since 15th Feb 2012, my wife and I had travelled out of Singapore. This is our attempt to build our lives as private individuals away from the glare of the media.

"Even as we begin a fresh chapter in our lives, we always regard Singapore as our home and will be back regularly.

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