Like a kennel of well-trained K9s, none of the 82 PAP MPs and Ministers in Parliament today questioned dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong despite the lifting of the Party Whip. Only 5 PAP MPs spoke in Parliament today (July 3) but all five defended Lee Hsien Loong and instead directed their questions at Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling.
PAP MP Sun Xue Ling started the first bark in her opening speech claiming that Singaporeans do not believe the Prime Minister abused his power and that the financial market did not respond accordingly:
“Accusations by the siblings of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong that he had abused his power do not appear to have gained traction on the ground. It was assuring to note that since the issue broke, our stock markets have not tanked, asset prices remain stable, and the Singapore dollar actually rose in the same period. This shows that confidence and trust in our system and in our leaders remain strong.”
MP Sun Xue Ling also praised Lee Hsien Loong for being brave signing the statutory declaration:
“The PM obviously believes that the circumstances around the drafting of the last will are suspect and had actually gone to the extent of doing a statutory declaration which has very serious implications if he is subsequently found out to have lied.”
Another formidable dog trick was presented in Parliament, PAP MP Zaqy Mohamad turned the table and suggested that Lee Hsien Yang’s wife, Lee Suet Fern, could be corrupted because she was the director of the National Heritage Board and she was involved in discussions between the NHB and the executors, while her employer law firm assisted in the last will.
The last howl was by PAP MP Sitoh Yih Pin who defended the Ministerial Committee and praise the 38 Oxley Road house as a monument for “meritocracy and good governance”:
“It would be a great dereliction of duty of any Singapore government of the day not to even consider the possibility of preserving 38, Oxley Road, given it is one way of passing down ideals associated with Mr Lee Kuan Yew such as meritocracy and good governance.”
Some house pets like PAP MP Tan Wu Meng are however “confused” who only commented that he and his residents are “perplexed” and did not further any question.
Malaysian-turned-Singaporean PAP Minister of State Janil Puthucheary defended Lee Hsien Loong saying “there is no evidence”:
“We have to talk about this in parliament. But I think the first point I find far more interesting that there are no specifics, there is no evidence, there is no substance to the allegations.”
The most rabid one is Senior Minister of State Indranee Rajah who directed her questions at Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling instead when the latter two are not even present in Parliament. Minister Indranee Rajah delivered a one-liner claiming that there is no conflict of interests.
Minister of National Development Lawrence Wong defended his master’s actions saying everything is “due process”.
Minister Teo Chee Hean defended the Ministerial Committee where he is chairman and repeated the purpose of the committee.
The remaining 75 PAP MPs and Ministers kept quiet and did not dare question the dictator Prime Minister. Other Nominated MPs also took turns to speak up for Lee Hsien Loong. NMP Thomas Chua tells Singaporeans to stand up and defend Lee Hsien Loong. NMP Mahdev Mohan praises the lifting of the PAP party whip.