Hougang by-election suit thrown out by High Court judge
Posted by temasektimes on August 2, 2012
As expected, the by-election law suit has been thrown out by the Singapore High Court. The suit was filed by Hougang resident Madam Vellama Marie Muthu on whether the Prime Minister has “unfettered discretion” as to when to hold a by-election in the constituency.
Though a by-election was held in Hougang in May, the case continued under the insistence of its lawyer M Ravi.
In a media release, the Attorney-General’s Chambers said High Court Judge Philip Pillai struck out the application on Wednesday, saying in his 53-page judgement that the Constitution does not require the Prime Minister to call elections to fill elected Member vacancies.
While Mr Ravi has received many brickbats for pursuing the matter, the Workers Party MPs have remained astonishingly ‘silent’ so far though the case concerns them and Singaporeans, leading an increasing number of netizens to question if they are really an ‘opposition’, or merely the PAP’s ‘B’ team.