Netizen calls out PAP for ‘double standards’ in treatment of MPs’ behaviour

Singapore — A netizen has accused the People’s Action Party (PAP) of double standards, saying that when a Member of Parliament (MP) is caught lying, it “really depend[s] which party the MP came from”.

The netizen who goes by the name of Wong Boon Hong wrote on his Facebook page, which was then shared with the Facebook group Voice Your Grievances on Wednesday (Feb 16).

He said: “When opposition MP was caught committing adultery, PAP demanded that WP leader must be held responsible for it as well, even condemning him for his incompetency in picking good candidates. Hours upon hours were wasted debating over this.”

Mr Wong then compared this with the treatment of the PAP’s one-time Bukit Batok MP David Ong, who resigned suddenly on a Saturday in 2016. (March 12, 2016). He is believed to have had an extramarital affair with a woman who was a grassroots activist in his ward.

Netizen calls out PAP for ‘double standards’ in treatment of MPs’ behaviour

Mr Wong said that when “PAP MPs were caught committing adultery too, little time” was spent debating their conduct.

“Not a single man dare[d] to stand up and demand that the PAP leader be held responsible for it. Not even a single word in condemning him for his incompetency in picking good candidates as well”, Mr Wong wrote.

During the previous  General Election, he said, Punggol East MP Charles Chong made comments about the transfer of sinking funds to the opposition party when it won the single-member constituency in a 2013 by-election.

The Workers’ Party said that contrary to Mr Chong’s claim that the People’s Action Party-run Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council (PRPTC) transferred $22.5 million to the former Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council in 2013, the money was actually transferred in instalments over 20 months ending in September 2014.

Mr Wong added: “When Charles (Chong) who cried wolf in the previous election leading to the ATC saga, no investigation was taken to clear the accusation. Neither Charles nor the PAP leader was ever held responsible for making up an non-existence  case”.

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Questions were also raised in forum websites about Mr Chong’s failure to explain the number that he cam up with, or apologise for giving the wrong impression,

Calling out the double standards he saw, Mr Wong concluded: “Raeesah who cried wolf in the parliament leading to the police saga, investigation was taken immediately”. Not only was she held responsible, but the  leader  of her party was also expected to take responsibility for her actions as well. /TISG

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