Issuing an empty threat, Minister Grace Fu told Parliament today (Mar 6) that Workers’ Party MP Sylvia Lim must apologise to the PAP government before the end of Parliament seating on Thursday (Mar 6). As the Leader of the House, Minister Grace Fu did not explain what she would do but ex-PAP NMP Eugene Tan has previously stated that the government will form a Select Committee to prosecute the opposition MP for “abusing her parliamentary privilege”.
“Her allegations have been refuted, the facts she cited have been shown to be inaccurate, and she has not raised any further facts to substantiate her suspicion. In her intervention in Parliament on 1 March, Ms Lim said there is such a thing as parliamentary privilege. However, parliamentary privilege does not entitle MPs to knowingly maintain allegations that have been shown to have no factual basis.”
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat and Law Minister K Shanmugam has earlier ganged up to bully the Opposition MP, demanding her to apologise for criticising the government. Law Minister K Shanmugam called Sylvia Lim “hypocritical and dishonest”, while Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat made a call for Sylvia Lim to apologise. The two PAP Ministers lost the debate as they were unable to prove MP Sylvia Lim erroneous in her statements.
No member of the public has asked MP Sylvia Lim to apologise, and the majority believes it is unnecessary politicking from Law Minister K Shanmugam.
WP MP Sylvia Lim has earlier poignantly criticised the government for raising the GST in her earlier comment:
“We do note that in the run-up to the Budget discussion that there were some test balloons being floated out about the fact that the Government needs to raise revenue. And immediately the public seized on the fact that DPM Tharman and perhaps other leaders had earlier said that the Government has enough money for the decade. So the public pointed out that ‘hey, you know, is this a contradiction? And I rather suspect myself that the Government is stuck with that announcement, otherwise, you know, if their announcement had not been made, perhaps we would be debating a GST hike today.”