3 PAP MPs have requested to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to resign from being fielded as candidates in the coming General Elections. The news broke out only today and appear very untimely in view of the nearing election date resulting in PM Lee having to scramble for new candidates to fill in their positions.
MP for Sembawang GRC Hawazi Daipi made his announcement at the National Day dinner at Marsiling, while MP Irene Ng for Tampines GRC has also announced her resignation in a separate press release.
Former Minister for National Development Mah Bow Tan has also tendered his resignation for the next General Election. In his announcement at a National Day dinner at Tampines East, the former 12 year Minister for National Development said he will retire from politics:
“This will be the last National Day I will be speaking to you. It’s time for me to step aside and make way for the younger generation. I’ve decided I will not be standing in the next GE. I have informed the Prime Minister and he has agreed.”
Ex-Minister Mah Bow Tan has been the sole perpetrator for soaring property prices and cutting housing supply resulting in unaffordable HDB pricings today in Singaporeans’ eyes. He was quickly asked to retire in 2011 as part of the Prime Minister’s historic apology on the last election day in GE2011:
“These are real problems – we will tackle them, but I hope you will understand that when these problems vex you or disturb you or upset your lives, please bear with us, we are trying our best on your behalf. And if we didn’t quite get it right, I’m sorry, but we will try and do better the next time.”