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Yaw Shin Leong rapped by Singaporeans for ‘running away’

Posted by temasektimes on February 19, 2012

While some Singaporeans may be forgiving of disgraced ex-WP MP Yaw Shin Leong’s alleged extra-marital affairs with his party members, most are disappointed with him for ‘running away’ without bringing a proper disclosure to the saga.

Mr Yaw reportedly left Singapore on the morning of 15 February, hours before he was unceremoniously expelled from his party at a press conference. He was last spotted at Changi Airport Terminal 1 alone carrying a luggage bag.

Sources close to Mr Yaw told the media that he had planned his ‘exit’ from Singapore weeks ago when rumors about his infidelity first surfaced on the internet and he would not be back in Singapore for the near future.

Mr Yaw has been uncontactable since then as journalists continued to hound his hapless wife Lau Wang Lin for his whereabouts. His personal blog and Facebook page have also been taken down.

In an interview conducted by Yahoo News, most Singaporeans felt that Yaw’s actions did not set a good example for the public.

54 year old Nora Osman said:

“It doesn’t matter if you’re from Workers Party or PAP, you have to show a good example to the public. He [Yaw] shouldn’t just go away like that. Things have been done, he can’t run away from the problem, so he should just face the music and apologise.”

Wilson Goh commented on Yahoo News:

“A respectable MP must be exemplary. A person that is irresponsible to his family will not be trusted to lead and care for a larger people, Sad to say, his recent act of abandoning without even a word is disappointing. Admit and resign should be the right way. WP also need to put their house in order. Just imagine,– will you now worry if your wife or sister join the WP party? political considerations aside.”

According to local Chinese tabloids, Mr Yaw was allegedly involved with two party members and a tuition teacher from mainland China who was his neighbor. The latter had admitted that she had a ‘very short’ affair with Mr Yaw when helping translate his parliamentary speeches, the last of which was aired in parliament on 17 January this year.

Chow felt Mr Yaw lacks the values needed for a MP:

“One who can’t serve his family, can’t serve his country well. Many deeper implications stem from his behavior.One will question the man’s values and character and if he fits to be an MP whom people place their trust in. Unfortunately his behavior of betrayal (to his wife) has ruin his credibility as a trustable person. Giving in to temptation reveals lack of self control. Womanising 3 women signals tendency to abuse fame and power. Not answering to this in a dignified manner shows a lacking of courage, responsibilty and accountability. All of these are very important values for a person represented to serve his people.”

However, one netizen said he is able to empathize with Mr Yaw’s situation. BK wrote:

“Honestly speaking, as a public figure, having his “sordid affairs” exposed nationwide, as a chinese, his “punishment” as a “shameful figure” is pretty bad so he has to leave the country for a while, if its embezzlement, CBI case then he should not have or cannot leave the country. Can u imagine him walking around town and having people pointing fingers and giggle, blah, blah… “DOM”. “lecher”. “adulterer”… , i can totally understand why he has to skip town to save “face”….”

In the meantime, WP leaders continued to distance themselves away from Mr Yaw and shift all the blame to him while leaving many questions still unanswered about the way they handled the scandal.

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Yaw’s wife harassed by journalists as he hides abroad

Posted by temasektimes on February 18, 2012

Madam Lau Wang Lin, the wife of ex-WP MP Yaw Shin Leong has been harassed relentlessly by journalists for the last few days.

Local journalists have been camping day and night at her place so much so that she had to send a personal friend as a ‘scout’ to recce the surrounding for her first before she goes home.

Though Madam Lau is a long-time WP member, party members appeared to be distancing themselves from her since her husband was sacked. It is not known if she has left the party.

With Mr Yaw skipping town, Madam Lau has become the focus of media attention as journalists tried to find out his whereabouts from her.

Mr Yaw reportedly left Singapore on 15 February, hours before he was expelled by the Workers Party at a press conference. Besides switching off his handphone, he has taken down his personal blog and Facebook page as well.

Sources close to him told the media that Mr Yaw had planned to relocate elsewhere to start life afresh and his wife was left behind to ‘tie up loose ends’ for him.

Mr Yaw has been heavily criticized by many quarters for leaving without a word, including Hougang residents who felt betrayed by him. Just a week ago, Mr Yaw attended a Chinese New Year dinner at Hougang and sang a Hokkien song ‘Life has its up and downs’ on stage.

Long regarded by many as the protege of WP Chief Low Thia Kiang, Mr Yaw was groomed to take over Mr Low at Hougang. His abrupt sacking from the party and departure is likely to spell a death knell to his 10 year political career.

Mr Yaw has till next Friday to appeal against his expulsion failing which he will have to vacate his seat in Hougang.

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Yaw Shin Leong made plans to leave Singapore weeks ago

Posted by temasektimes on February 17, 2012

Ex-WP MP Yaw Shin Leong had made plans to leave Singapore weeks ago when rumors about his alleged extra-marital affair with a party member first surfaced on a local socio-political blog last month.

According to media reports, Mr Yaw terminated the rental of his office for his company – EduHearts Consultancy at around the same time.

He was last seen carrying a luggage bag at Changi Airport on Wednesday morning before the Workers Party called a press conference to expel him from the party in his absence though his wife was earlier informed of the decision.

Sources close to Mr Yaw revealed that he had relocated to another country to start afresh, rumored to be the United Kingdom:

“Shin Leong will not be back in Singapore for a long period, given that he has no job, no business and no MP’s seat any more. He is trying to seek a new life elsewhere,” the source told The Straits Times.

Mr Yaw has remained uncontactable so far to even party members. He did not bade farewell to his mentor for ten years Low Thia Kiang nor party comrades who have worked closely together with him. His blog and Facebook page have also been taken down.

While Mr Yaw has left Singapore already, his wife Madam Lau Wang Lin is staying behind to help him ‘tie up the loose ends’ before joining him. It is not known if he will be bringing along his aged mother who raised him up single-handedly.

His abrupt departure which left Hougang residents in a lurch disappointed many netizens who accused him of being irresponsible.

andromeda2000 wrote on Hardwarezone forum:

“He is such a coward. He is not worth to be a MP. Can’t believe he actually skip town.”

Deepzpace added:

“Irresponsible piece of dabian. I hope he suffers overseas. Totally no respect for this chicken. Even jack Neo got balls.”

gnoiky had harsh words for him:

“Don’t cry for Yaw…he up and left the women he screwed to face the music while he starts new life somewhere….goes to show the guy has 1) no integrity, 2) treats women like playthings, 3)irresponsible. “

Before his spectacular fall from grace, Mr Yaw was widely regarded as the protege of Mr Low Thia Kiang and was groomed to take over him eventually. Fortunately for WP and Mr Low, his deficiencies in character were exposed now sooner, rather than later.

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Workers Party leadership divided over move to expel Yaw Shin Leong from the party

Posted by temasektimes on February 16, 2012

The Workers Party leadership was divided over whether to expel Hougang MP Yaw Shin Leong from the party as he refused time and again to meet them to address the allegations surrounding his personal life, said a party insider, a fact admitted by party Chairman Sylvia Lim when she revealed at the press conference yesterday that the decision to sack Mr Yaw was ‘not unanimous’.

When rumors about Mr Yaw’s alleged extra-marital affairs first surfaced on the internet, party leaders initially dismissed them as baseless rumors out to smear his character and closed ranks around him.

“There was a general consensus then that there is no need to reply to them (the rumors) as they seemed too far-fetched to be true. A directive was sent to all party members to keep mum and not speak to the media,” our informant said.

When pressed by the media, WP Chief Mr Low replied:

“You said yourself that these are rumours, why are you still asking me?” 

It transpired that Mr Yaw was invited to attend a CEC meeting to explain himself before the news was publicized by the mainstream media, but he did not turn up.

The straw which broke the camel’s back came when a Chinese tabloid published damaging allegations of Mr Yaw visiting a female neighbor’s home when her husband was away and her admission that she had an affair with him.

“That’s when some senior leaders start to realize the gravity of the situation – that Shin Leong would drag the entire party down with him if the rumors were not rebuked immediately.”

Still, the party struggled to deal with the crisis swiftly as Mr Yaw has considerable influence and support in the party. He joined WP in 2001 and was groomed by Mr Low for six years to take over him at Hougang. It is not a surprise that Mr Yaw won Hougang with 64.8 percent of the votes, higher than Mr Low’s percentage in 2006 as he was genuinely popular on the ground.

Despite some party members reaching out to speak to Mr Yaw in private, he chose to remain silent, thereby raising suspicions that there may be some element of truth in the allegations after all. To compound matters, there were rumors of a looming rebellion in its divided ranks with one senior leader threatening to resign if the party continues to ignore public sentiments.

As the rumors continue to spread uncontrollably like wild fire and tarnishing the party’s image in the process, the WP leadership decided to issue a show clause letter to Mr Yaw on Tuesday to explain himself to the CEC or risked being expelled. Mr Yaw did not turn up and he was expelled the very next day.

While acknowledging that public trust and support may be eroded from the PR fallout, the WP leadership is quietly confident of retaining Hougang.

“Hougang is a WP stronghold. No matter who WP fields in Hougang, residents will still support out of respect for Mr Low.”

Mr Low’s popularity was evident when he was greeted with choruses of support from Hougang residents last night as he returned to the constituency which first elected him to parliament more than 20 years ago.

Despite the initial hiccups, intra-party discipline and unity remain largely intact from the way WP had handled the saga by imposing a media blackout from the beginning to the eventual expulsion of Mr Yaw. Every member toed the same official line with nobody deviating from it and making contradicting statements to the press.

Though some leaders may have reservations about sacking Mr Yaw, they eventually unite around the party’s collective decision to do so. While popular among the young members, Mr Yaw’s departure is unlikely to trigger a mass exodus from the party like what happened in 2001 when party stalwart Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam left.

The debacle may turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the Workers Party as it shows Singaporeans that it can be trusted to be accountable to them. As for Mr Yaw, it marks a spectacular fall from the pinnacle of his political career which saw him winning Hougang in ease and being next in line to succeed Mr Low.

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Workers Party expel Yaw Shin Leong

Posted by temasektimes on February 15, 2012

Source: Channel News Asia

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Breaking News: Yaw Shin Leong expelled from Workers Party; by-election looms for Hougang

Posted by temasektimes on February 15, 2012

Workers Party MP Yaw Shin Leong has been expelled from the Workers Party, said WP Chairman Sylvia Lim at a press conference today. Mr Yaw has been embroiled in an online storm of late over alleged extra-marital affairs with a few women which has tarnished the image of the party.

“We apologise for having to put the people of Hougang through a by-election,” she said in a stern voice to a shocked audience.

She added it is a difficult decision which has to be taken as “he has broken the faith and trust of the party and the people.”

According to party insiders, the decision was taken after an emergency meeting called last night with a few CEC members exerting “great pressure” on WP Secretary-General Low Thia Kiang to sack his protege.

A visibly disappointed Mr Low reprimanded Mr Yaw for being irresponsible in not addressing rumors, stressing that MPs must set an example for the people.

Mr Yaw joined the Workers Party in 2001 and was groomed by Mr Low to take over his seat of Hougang. He was widely regarded as the natural successor to Mr Low when the latter retires from politics.

The move by WP comes after weeks of controversy enshrouding Mr Yaw after his alleged affair with a party member was reported by a local blog with the mainstream media then going on a rampage to dig out his “liaisons” with other women including a married neighbor from China who has been helping him to translate his parliamentary speeches.

Despite the extensive negative media publicity, Mr Yaw has adamantly refused to refute the damaging allegations made against him. His abrupt resignation from the WP leadership council last week only fueled more speculations that there may be an element of truth in the allegations after all.

While party leaders had remained tight-lipped over the ongoing debacle, their patience finally ran out with Mr Yaw’s refusal to explain himself to the party.

In his latest comment on the saga after WP dinner in Hougang last Saturday, Mr Yaw said he would not respond even if there are “six, seven or eight women coming forward accuse him of having affairs with them.”

Under Singapore’s parliamentary rules, a MP must vacate his/her seat if he resigns or is sacked from his/her party. Mr Yaw won Hougang in the 2011 General Election by 64 percent of the votes, trouncing his opponent Desmond Choo from the PAP.

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