Under orders from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the ruling party government has made its move to unseat three opposition MPs from the Workers’ Party. According to the civil lawsuits filed by the government-controlled town councils Aljunied-Hougang Town Council and Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council, MPs Low Thia Khiang, Sylvia Lim and Pritam Singh will have to “account for S$37.7 million paid” to the town council’s managing agent FMSS for town council services.
As the Singapore Police cleared the WP of any criminal wrongdoing, Lee Hsien Loong insisted on criminalising the WP MPs by launching a civil lawsuit.
The PAP-led law team accused the 3 WP MPs corrupted the money and demanded they pay for the “improper payments”. At a closed-door hearing in the High Court yesterday (Aug 13), the judge ruled that the three Opposition MPs will be tried in High Court for a month from Oct 1 to Nov 2.
If found guilty of making improper payments, the WP MPs will most likely be bankrupted and their MP seats will be dissolved. This will pave the way to a by-election at Aljunied GRC, which could see the ruling party PAP winning back the constituency through a similar walkover win method employed by Lee Hsien Loong during the 2017 Presidential Election. Last year, Lee Hsien Loong ordered the Election Department to disqualify the opponent contestants of his choice of candidate, giving Halimah Yacob a walkover win as Singapore President.
Over at the PAP town councils, cronyism and corruption is rife with the managing agents awarding contracts to themselves as they double-hat as the town council’s general manager.