WP veteran Poh Lee Guan expelled from Workers Party over by-election fiasco
Posted by temasektimes on July 19, 2012
In a short comment posted on its Facebook, the Workers Party said the expulsion was carried out on the grounds set out under Article 22 of the WP Constitution.
Under this article, the Executive Council can expel a member from membership if it is satisfied that the conduct of this member is contrary to the principles or aims or objects of the Party or prejudicial to the welfare of the Party.
Dr Poh courted controversy when he collected a political donation certificate during the Hougang by-election without the party’s approval which brought WP into disrepute.
He contested in the 2001, 2006 and 2011 General Election where his team garnered 42 percent of the votes last year in Nee Soon GRC.
The Workers Party appeared to be self-imploding from within with the departure of Dr Poh. Besides him, former Hougang MP Yaw Shin Leong was expelled by WP in February and three other members of the WP East Coast Team in 2011 have also left.
Despite their fiery speeches during the rallies, the performance of WP MPs in parliament have been most disappointing so far, prompting many disgruntled netizens to dub it as the PAP’s ‘B team’ since even the PAP backbenchers are more vocal than the ‘opposition’ in fighting for the interests of Singaporeans.