The Workers' Party has responded to former party MP Yaw Shin Leong, who broke his decade-long silence to dispute comments made by party chief and Leader of the Opposition Pritam Singh.
In a post on Facebook on Dec. 7, WP's media chair Leon Perera responded that former chief Low Thia Khiang, and Sylvia Lim, who has been part of the WP leadership, "did not advise" Yaw to "stay silent" over his alleged affair, which surfaced in 2012.
This was after Yaw claimed on Dec. 6 that Singh's statement on Dec. 2 that Yaw did not hold himself accountable to the party and the public in 2012 were false.
WP: Yaw Shin Leong chose not to appear before CEC
In WP's statement, it stated that Low and Lim "categorically state that they did not advise Mr Yaw to stay silent".
Instead, Yaw was summoned to appear before the WP Central Executive Committee (CEC) in 2012, but chose not to do so.
Yaw previously shared the opposite in a Facebook post on Dec. 6.He said he had “accounted the situation candidly” to the party’s then-secretary general, Low, even before the allegations of his affair had surfaced.
He then “immediately accounted” to both Low and party chairman Lim when the allegations became public.
He said that he was then advised to "stay silent", and subsequently resigned from the party's CEC as he had "placed party before self".
The silence allowed the party to go with its own narrative, Yaw also claimed.
Yaw revealed that he then travelled out of Singapore voluntarily, and was expelled from the party on Feb. 14, 2012.
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