Photo of K Shanmugam from AFP

Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam fired a scathing political potshot at the Opposition Workers’ Party today (Jan 31) saying that the WP is “speaking with both ends of the mouth”.

“The Workers’ Party should be honest in rejecting the Non-Constituency MP (NCMP) scheme instead of trying to speak with both ends of the mouth. (Their) real reason for rejecting the scheme: the WP does not like voters being given more choices.

The NCMP scheme ensures you vote for the PAP and you still get opposition candidates. By opposing it, the WP effectively wants to limit voters to a “direct choice” between the PAP and the Workers Party, or other opposition parties.

There would have been no way to argue against the WP, if it had spoken the “truth” and said: “We don’t want people to have an additional choice, nevertheless, we benefit from it and therefore we want to fill in the third (NCMP) seat.

The WP should “just be direct, open and clear.”

The Law Minister also defamed Opposition MP Pritam Singh saying the latter has earlier tried to mislead the court by putting in half-truths in his affidavits. As K Shanmugam is the Law Minister, it is unlikely anyone can win a defamation suit against him and this has embolden him to make numerous defamatory remarks against members of the Workers’ Party.