29 Feb '12, 1am

New blog post: It's Hougang by-election, not by-the-way election

I guess by now all of you know that Yaw Shin Leong has been expelled by the Workers’ Party. Under the Singapore Constitution a MP must vacate his seat if he ceases to be a member of the party he was elected. This means that Hougang SMC has no MP for now. Naturally, when a MP vacate his seat, a by-election is required. But this wasn’t the case when Dr Ong Chit Chung of Jurong GRC and Dr Balaji Sadasivan of Ang Mo Kio GRC passed away few years ago. The argument back then is that when a MP from a GRC vacate his seat, the rest of the MP in the GRC can fill in the role and a by-election is not requried. I do not agree with this argument back then. But this time round, the vacant seat is from a SMC. It is clear cut that a by-election is required. But I’m disappointed when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said there is no fixed time within which he must call a by-election. Somethin...

Full article: http://blog.dk.sg/2012/02/29/its-hougang-by-election-not-...

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