When my buddy texted me that Michael Palmer has resigned as Speaker of Parliament and MP of Punggol East SMC, I took it with a pinch of salt.
When I saw this [Link], I was shocked! No, not because he messed around with a woman other than his wife but I was taken aback by the comment made by Teo Chee Hean. I quote from Today Online, "Added the Deputy Prime Minister: "Those involved are suffering much hurt from this episode. They need time and space for the healing to take place."
Such kindness from DPM Teo Chee Hean. "What Do You Think?"
To add to the kindness brigade, in Yahoo! News, PM Lee Hsien Loong "added that he hoped Singaporeans would give Palmer and his family peace and privacy to rebuild their lives." [Link]
Geez, where were they when ex-Hougang MP Yaw Shin Leong needed such kind words? I still remember PAP ministers especially Khaw Boon Wan, riding the high horse, baying for blood, tearing him to pieces. Yaw Shin Leong and his poor wife were hounded day and night by msm paparazzis and forced to "choa lor"="run road"="move away from Singapore". Will Michael Palmer be accorded the same demeaning treatment from the media? I guess not. Not with the kind comments (or is it subtle warning) from the two highest ranked ministers in Singapore. I doubt the msm will dare treat Palmer the way they treated Yaw Shin Leong.
Like the American Express advertisement, members have their privileges. We are asked by none other than PM Lee to "give Palmer and his family peace and privacy to rebuild their lives." Am I to deduce that Yaw and his family did not (and still do not deserve) peace and privacy to rebuild their lives?
What do you think?
Well, is it time to celebrate another by-election?
Or are we to suffer the unfettered power of the 'Fixer and Buyer'?