Former disgraced WP MP Yaw Shin Leong’s public ‘apology’ to Hougang residents three months after he left them in a lurch may have ‘sabotaged’ WP’s campaign for the Hougang by-election instead of helping them, said political analyst and Nominated MP Eugene Tan.
The seat of Hougang was left vacant this year after Yaw was unceremoniously sacked from WP for his failure to address swirling rumors about his alleged extramarital affairs with multiple married women, including two key female leaders of WP who contested in the General Election last year.
In an email apology sent to the media, Yaw apologized for causing ‘inconvenience’ to Hougang voters by his abrupt departure, but did not confirm or deny the rumors about his personal indiscretions.
Speaking to queries from the media, Mr Eugene Tan opined that Yaw’s ‘reappearance’ has brought public attention to his sex scandal again:
“WP was about to close the chapter and move on. His apology without explaining if the allegations were true will cause more harm than good to WP’s campaign,” he said.
However, another political analyst Professor Lai felt Yaw’s apology from overseas may help to win back some votes for WP from its supporters who are disillusioned by recent reports of disunity and infighting within the party.
During an election rally in Hougang last year, WP Chief Low Thia Kiang promised Hougang voters that they will never be ‘abandoned’ by WP. Less than half a year later, they are left without a MP and a by-election has to be called for them to choose another one.
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