The Workers’ Party has expelled Yaw Shin Leong from the party with immediate effect.
After nearly 3 weeks of infidelity and scandalous rumors swirling around their Hougang MP Yaw Shin Leong online and offline, WP has decided to act by doing the right thing. They have sacked him from the party with immediate effect.
Why it took such a long time? Surely such an important matter needed thorough investigation and careful consideration. Since those rumors surfaced, both WP and Yaw kept quiet refusing to comment.
The cyber world kept speculating on those rumours with comments for or against them. Even one prominent blogger nearly got into trouble when he sidetracked.
Out of a sudden, WP called for a press conference presumably to clarify or answer to those rumours. Never did we expect that it’s an abrupt tersely worded statement announcing the sacking of its MP from the party. It certainly created an effect of shock and awe.
The whole cyber world in Sg was caught by surprise. Tweets and FB posts flew and spread with lightning speed.
Brilliant masterstroke !
Actually WP’s image and standing was at all time low. With that one fell stroke, it upped its ante and salvaged its flagging image. It has recovered lost ground and soared like the proverbial Phoenix to its high moral ground of accountability and transparency. They believe in setting high standards for themselves as role models.
“A shrewd political move.” Link
That was the response by Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Eugene Tan on the Workers’ Party’s (WP) call for a by-election at Hougang SMC.
“WP has taken, boldly, the moral high ground,” he said of the party expelling Hougang MP Yaw Shin Leong who served in the party leadership for close to ten years.
“The party will reap dividends from this first-mover advantage action – in the short-term and in the long-term. They are setting high standards for themselves, and the move will go down well with the ground, and with Hougang voters,” added Tan, who is an assistant law professor at Singapore Management University.
By sacrificing a loyal long time protege of Sec Gen Low TK, WP aims to be THE opposition party or alternative party in the long term.
Excellent Tour De Force !
WP says let the citizens of Hougang decide if they still want them. The residents will be given a choice in a by election. Yaw can’t be an MP if he is expelled from the WP.
The ball is now in the PAP’s court. They will or will not call for a by election is anybody’s guess. Maybe they were also caught by this surprise move. They did not expect WP could just chop Yaw off to cut losses and boost their aura.
The question on everyone’s mind is whether it’s free for all? Since this will be a by election, will the other parties join in the fray instead of waiting till 2016? Every aspiring politician certainly will want to give it a shot. Can the WP claim exclusiveness? Can WP deny others a shot at MPship?
Next question. Is the PAP prepared for this by election? It’s so sudden and unexpected. They must be thinking down the road in 4 to 5 yrs’ time. Who would have expected such a sudden change? What if they field our popular scholarly gentleman George Yeo? What if Yaw decides to stand as an independent? After all, he is a veteran having served and worked the ground in Hougang for nearly 10 yrs.
We know George Yeo is still quite popular with the citizens. When he was defeated in Aljunied GRC, there were calls for him to stand as a presidential candidate. He still has got a big following on Facebook including me. He is admired for his intellectual prowess and contributions to Singapore including me. Hougang voters will be in a dilemma!
I lived in Hougang from 1998 to 2008. My family and I voted WP’s Low TK on 2 elections. If I were to choose between George Yeo and another WP candidate now, it’s going to be headache for me. Difficult decision indeed.
If the PAP counters by sending George Yeo over to Hougang, it may be WP’s “Waterloo” especially if those opposition figures behave like those stupid crabs trying to outdo each other!
One thing for sure, over the next few weeks or months, there will be lots of speculation, analysis and comments on this hot topic. Until a by election is called by the PM, we will have to contend with the never ending buzz generated.
The waiting game has just begun. The excitement and buzz will build up to a crescendo and climax on the by election day. It’s looking like the mother of all elections even though it’s only a by election in Hougang. It surely going to look like more than a three-cornered fight. In the end, PAP will just pick up the pieces.
We will just wait and see.