This letter was published in the Straits Times on 10 February 2012
I agree with the decision taken by MP Yaw Shin Leong to
resign as treasurer of the Workers Party and the exemplary
approach taken by the leadership of the Workers Party
in handling this difficult issue.
I also agree with the stance taken by Mr. Yaw and the
leaders of the Workers Party in choosing to remain silent
over the rumors of extra marital affairs.
We have to respect the right as a citizen, including a public
figure, to remain silent on private matters that do not affect the
performance of their public duty.
There is no need to make further disclosures, as
there is a need to protect the privacy of Mr. Yaw's family.
The voters of Hougang will judge Mr. Yaw at the next
I am heartened to read the words of support from many
residents to Mr. Yaw, who has worked in the grassroots of
Hougang for many years, even before becoming
their elected Member of Parliament.
The people of Singapore will have to accept that they will not
be able to find angels to be their leaders, either in the current
party in power or in an alternative political party.
I like to express appreciation to Mr. Yaw's wife for her
strong support of her husband in this difficult situation and
to wish the best for their family.
Tan Kin Lian