Singapore’s opposition leaders MPs Low Thia Khiang, Sylvia Lim and Pritam Singh has put up a public request calling for public donations. According to the 3 MPs, S$600,000 have been spent on legal fees with the amount paid out of their own pockets:
“The total we have paid to our own lawyers to date is close to $600,000, covering the work done before the trial. The costs incurred so far have depleted our personal resources. We need financial resources to fight the legal battle and to deal with the prospect of being made a bankrupt. We now appeal to the public for financial support.
Contributions can be made in the following ways:
• PayNow to +65 9852 5901 (Sylvia’s public line)
• Internet fund transfer to UOB account no. 396 309 388 6
• Cheque made payable to any one of us:
Lim Swee Lian Sylvia
Low Thia Khiang
Mail to “My Mail Box 882560 Singapore 919191”
If it is convenient, please include your email address so that we can thank you.
If you would like to meet any of us in person, or if you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com”
The three Workers’ Party MPs are currently facing a S$33 million civil lawsuit lodged by the ruling party PAP-controlled town councils. The prosecution lawsuit is led by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s personal lawyer Davinder Singh, who holds an invincible winning streak in Singapore courts.
Chances for the Workers’ Party MPs appear bleak as the government state media ramp up on propaganda material to smear the reputation of the opposition party, accusing them of corruption and failing their MP duties.
Once they lose the civil case, the WP MPs will have to pay up to S$33 million which will in-turn bankrupt them. The three opposition leaders will also lose their MP seats, granting the ruling party PAP a further 3-seat advantage. The Parliament currently has 80 PAP MP seats and 6 WP MP seats.