Recently, Singapore has witnessed a series of political misconducts and scandals. Political misconducts are rare occurrences in Singapore. However, recently, there have been reports of political misconduct involving members of parliament on a weekly basis.
The Singapore opposition Workers’ Party (WP) is currently investigating a video that suggests inappropriate behavior between its senior members Leon Perera and Nicole Seah. The 15-second video, shared on social media, shows Mr. Perera, an Aljunied Member of Parliament, having dinner with Ms. Seah, who was a candidate in the 2020 general election. Both of them are married. They both also hold positions on the WP’s central executive committee.
The party acknowledged the circulating video and stated that they are gathering all the facts before providing a comment. The WP expects its members to take full responsibility for their actions.
In other political news in Singapore, two members of the People’s Action Party (PAP) have resigned from their positions. Speaker Tan Chuan-Jin and Member of Parliament Cheng Li Hui have stepped down from parliament and the PAP. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong accepted their resignations, emphasizing the importance of maintaining high standards of conduct within the party.
Mr. Edwin Tong, Singapore’s Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Second Minister for Law, and Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC, will now replace Tan within the Marine Parade GRC. Meanwhile, Mr. Masagos Zulkifli, Singapore’s Minister for Social and Family Development, Second Minister for Health, and Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC, will now replace Miss Cheng within the Tampines GRC.
In recent times, Singapore’s political scene has faced various challenges. Former Speaker Tan Chuan Jin made headlines for a hot-mic incident where he whispered an expletive phrase in parliament. He later apologized for the incident.
Singapore Transport Minister S Iswaran went on leave of absence to assist in corruption investigations by the anti-graft agency. Additionally, Ministers Vivian Balakrishnan and Shanmugam were required to disclose their conduct in relation to the rental of state properties.
In short, these events highlight that Singapore is not immune to political misconducts.