WP will respond at “appropriate forum and time” to Privileges Committee report on Raeesah Khan, Politics News & Top Stories
SINGAPORE – As the work of the Parliamentary Privileges Committee is still ongoing, it is prudent for the Workers’ Party to respond to allegations against its leaders at an appropriate forum and time, WP said Sunday (December 5), in reference to the provisional report published by the committee on Friday evening.
He also reiterated that party leader and opposition leader Mr. Pritam Singh made it clear at the party’s press conference on December 2 that he was prepared to testify before the committee.
Sunday’s statement was the first time the PM has addressed the public since the Privileges Committee issued a report on Friday evening (December 3).
The committee was tasked with examining a complaint against former WP MP Raeesah Khan, who resigned from the party and as a Sengkang GRC MP last Tuesday after admitting to lying in parliament.
The report said Ms Khan said Mr Singh, WP chair Sylvia Lim and WP vice chair Faisal Manap told her to stick to the lie she told parliament on August 3.
The party said it took note of the committee’s publication of the interim report “without having heard testimony from the leaders of the Workers’ Party against whom serious allegations have been made.”
He added: “Some members of the public have asked why the leadership of the Workers’ Party has so far failed to respond to the interim report released by the Privileges Committee. We understand that the work of the committee remains ongoing. It is therefore prudent to respond to be given at the appropriate time and place. “
He also expressed his gratitude to those who conveyed messages of encouragement to the party, including residents of Aljunied GRC, Hougang SMC and Sengkang GRC, party members, volunteers and members of the public.
Friday’s special report was posted on Parliament’s website, with footage of the committee hearings over the past two days.
Some of the statements in the report were contrary to what the party said at a press conference on Thursday, when Mr Singh said he ordered Ms Khan to shoulder her responsibilities and admit her lie to Parliament , and that she had contradicted this order.
In her testimony to the committee, Ms. Khan said that on October 3, a day before Parliament was sitting on October 4, Mr. Singh visited her at her home and told her that if she was sticking to her account of the untruths she had told on the 3rd, there would be no judgment on her part.
Ms Khan and her former aide Loh Pei Ying testified before the committee on Thursday and Friday, while a volunteer, Mr. Yudhishthra Nathan, did so on Friday. Ms Khan’s former legislative assistant Lim Hang Ling testified on Thursday.
WP members had expressed mixed views on the culpability of WP leaders in the saga.
On Saturday, WP members, generally reluctant and reluctant to openly criticize the party, joined former constituency MP Daniel Goh in expressing their disappointment with the party leaders.
Associate Professor Goh had openly criticized the way party leaders had handled the case, which earned him a public reprimand from Mr. Singh at the press conference.
But other party members and volunteers had also questioned the credibility of Ms Khan, who they said had repeatedly lied to parliament.
In addition, the party leaders had not yet testified at the hearings of the committee, they specified.