Grace Fu issues 2nd ‘Apology Notice’ to Workers’ Party parliamentarian in as many months

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Leader of the House, Grace Fu, has issued an ‘apology notice’ to another Workers’ Party member of parliament, Sylvia Lim. Ms Fu’s notice is the second one of a similar kind issued to opposition parliamentarians in as many months. In January 2018, Ms Fu asked non-constituency MP Leon Perera to apologise for misrepresenting the facts and misleading Parliament at a sitting of the House in November 2017.

This time, Ms Fu (who is also the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth) asked Ms Lim to withdraw her “allegations” that the government had “floated test balloons” about the Good and Services Tax (GST) hike coming between 2021 and 2025.

Lim had said earlier that the Government had floated “trial balloons” on a possible tax hike but possibly backed down after the public noted Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam’s comments in 2015 that the Government has enough revenue for the next decade.

Ms Lim stood her ground and refused to retract and apologise for her comments, even when she was pressed by the Finance Minister as well as the Home & Law Affairs Minister.

She asked: “I clearly said that it was my suspicion…it’s my honest suspicion, am I not entitled to have a view?” Ms Lim’s boldness in the House has earned her the praise of Singaporeans, for not cowing to “intimidation tactics”.

Netizens thank Sylvia Lim for standing up against “intimidation tactics” in Parliament

Ms Fu in giving Ms Lim a Thursday deadline (by the end of Parliament’s sitting for the Committee of Supply debates) to withdraw her “allegations”, said: “Ms Lim was suggesting that the Government would have raised the GST immediately, if not for the adverse public reaction when it ‘floated’ the suggestion late last year, and if it had not been ‘stuck’ with a previous statement that it had ‘enough money for the decade’. Ms Lim was in effect accusing the Government of being untruthful when it says that it had planned ahead, and that its proposal to raise the GST between 2021 and 2025 was the result of such planning.”

Ms Fu added that Ms Lim cannot contend that her suspicion remains “reasonable and honestly held”.

“Her allegations have been refuted, the facts she cited have been shown to be inaccurate, and she has not raised any further facts to substantiate her ‘suspicion’. However, Parliamentary privilege does not entitle MPs to knowingly maintain allegations that have been shown to have no factual basis.”

It is unclear how Ms Lim will respond to the charges against her by the Leader of the House. But WP’s Leon Perera eventually apologised for claiming Mediacorp edited Parliament video. He however maintained that he “did not deliberately misrepresent the facts of that incident to this House.”

Socio-political observer Leong Sze Hian had previously condemned such notices to apologies. He said: “only a free and unfettered debate in Parliament can ensure that policies are subject to comprehensive and diverse review, on a continuing basis.”

In 1986, the former chief of Workers’ Party JB Jeyaretnam (JBJ) was referred to the Parliamentary Committee of Privileges for refusing to apologise for alleging in the House that the Government influenced the judiciary.

In what was described as the ‘longest verbal battle’ lasting two-and-three-quarter hours, the late opposition stalwart refused to apologise to then-PM Lee Kuan Yew. Despite repeated demands by Mr Lee, JBJ held that the Government had a hand in the transfer of a former district judge.

Mr Lee later referred to JBJ’s allegation as a ‘smear’ on the government and described JBJ as a “dishonorable man” who refused to apologise for the grave mistake he made.

227 COMMENTS

  1. Can this be also consider as a form of “harassment”???

    Remember someone said this before :

    “Gang rape, after all, is democracy in action.”

    I don’t even want to comment much this time. most people (except pappy IB) will have eyes to see. What are this group of people doing to this single lady?

    Maybe one by one they have to come out an “pledge their allegiance” to the one that started the “bark”?

  2. Sylvia don’t back down or bow down to bully!! This is a test to our constitution ! PAP want to make a mockery out of it!! Parliamentary have the privilege to voice out and act on behalf of the public concern ! I’m a public and I want u to ask the government why !

  3. Grace Fu owes two apologies.
    First for saying Olympic Games won’t be broadcast live only to change track after public displeasure. Next for paying $400,000 for a dustbin consultant, which reflects her stupidity. Ask her to apologise to the country.

  4. The evil look of her face as she takes pride in demanding an apology from the opposition. At least Sylvia speaks on behalf of the citizens in Parliment. Have you ever spoken up for the people that elected you as MP? You have betrayed the people that elected you. You are a disgrace to them, DisGraceFool

    • Some dead people caused the most harm to many. They created the system, boasted they could come back to set things right, where is he now while his dishonorable offspring continues his greedy rampage on the country?

      Sinkies should learn to listen less of such grand rhetorics but see more what is done.

      This country is now most expensive, over crowded and all public services are failing. There is no soccer world cup and swiss standard. More people are jobless than ever. More lawlessness than ever with fire set at HDB doorstep. Every truth and criticism is now branded as fake news. President race cheated to fit the role. Every law is twisted to intimidate decent people, progressively make this a police state and dictatorship.

      This is how much Singapore has arrived , after sg50. Absolute power, absolute corruption. Absolute decline.

  5. An apology is not a sign of weakness nor shame. It’s a gesture that only the strong will do.

    You can have an opinion at your kid’s birthday party but in parliament, EVERYTHING you say must be backed by facts. Coz you’re in a room of adults, throwing a tantrum and shooting your mouth off will not and should not be tolerated.

    Refusing to apologize and call it standing up to intimidation? that just shows the character of Sylvia and those of her supporters.

    Aren’t we all taught to apologize when we make a mistake and it’s cowardice to make excuses for it?

  6. Demanding apologies has been the ugly hallmark of the PAP government. From the time of LKY until now, their arrogant bullying tactics have not changed. They use their Parliamentary majority to bully, to laugh at and to demand apologies from the WP MPs.

    There is absolutely no reason for Sylvia to apologise. What makes the PAP government think that they have refuted her claims and her suspicion? Just because they say they have planned ahead, are we to take their word for it? Are we to give them our unfailing trust carte blanche, when they have flip flopped so many times before? When they have broken their word and their promises to us? When there is a total lack of information and transparency on their part?

    Who are the real Dishonourable ones here?

  7. 1 person not enough must get gangs to add on to exert pressure. This is really the way our government do things! They never wrong! Sadly this is how some of our citizen behaves too!

    My opinion….Hold your ground! There is nothing wrong to clear doubts. They 心里有.

  8. Hey PAP indirect communisty party..why must WP apologize to you..dont be a big bully..we the citizens vote you in…we can also vote you out..Firstly..you must know you all ministers are PUBLIC SERVANTS..YOU WORK FOR US..WE PAY YOU..we did not agree to your huge salary..do you know with that kind of salaries saved..you dont have to raise alot of taxes..you people are greedy monsters beyond redemption..

  9. Grace Fu is a BITCH.
    When LIM BOON HENG cried saying, there is NO GROUPTHINK. She kept QUIET
    When Lee Bee Wah cried on National TV after Table Tennis Saga. She kept QUIET.
    When Indian Pretend to be Malay to be ELECTED President. She kept QUIET.
    When Indian WWII Traitor becomes President, she too KEPT QUIET.
    Shame on this SHAMELESS WOMAN. Bitch.

  10. Forcing someone to apologise without a cause to justify is demeaning. LKY is referred to serious allegations and demand the right answer. WP here is just expressing a general view only. In which similar way does it got to do with that scenario? Trying to blow matter out of porportional?

    • When 70% voted for pappies effectively they have done that – gave them
      Rubber stamp to agree with whatever the Govt has come up with !!! Have you ever seen any vote of dissent , when comes to voting time ? Don’t you 70% see the danger ? They can do everything they want ! No one can stop them
      . Even changing the constitution !!!

  11. Sylvia should apologies immediately for over-estimating the integrity and intelligence of her audience. She could have better off trying to sing opera to some donkeys.

    Grace Fu is correct. It is obvious that there is no need to raise GST immediately since there have been increases in our water bills, electricity bills, transportation bills, stamp duties, conservatory fees, carbon taxes, etc, just to name a few. Even the dollar-to-dollar match baby bonus is now kept by the government and will only be (partially) realised when the baby reached retirement age.

  12. In the past, the govt creates jobs for its people. Now this govt creates wealth from its people. They do not warrant those salaries at all if they cannot make money externally to give the people a better living !

  13. This is the 1st world Parliament with 3rd world behaviors of the PAP. The absolute majority THEY enjoyed in Parliament has gotten to THEIR heads. THEY forget that it’s the PEOPLE who gave THEM the power of majority to serve and not to abuse. Ladies & Gentlemen, we should remember comes GE 2020 to VOTE these tyrants and bullies out. ,,Karma will come to all those who have behave disGRACEFUlly.

  14. Government had floated “test balloons” on the need to raise revenues within this term and had intended to raise the goods and services tax (GST) immediately.
    Government would have raised the GST immediately, if not for the adverse public reaction when it “floated” the suggestion late last year, and if it had not been ‘stuck’ with a previous statement that it had “enough money for the decade”. This is what people feel.
    People not allow to feel this way?
    See Sylvia Lim not allow to feel this way.
    Grace Fu should withdraw her allegation and apologise to the House.

  15. No use wasting our breath about Grace Fu demanding an apology from Sylvia Lim. The fact is, you all must realised that all of PAP MPs owe it to the PM for their outrageous salary they are getting. Therefore they must kowtow to him. Case close

  16. since when does interpretation of ones words as fact count towards an offence that needs to be apologized for? concentrate on fixing problems like the dismal falling birth rate already than indulge in petty badgering. pay u all millions for what? waste of all our money. and i wont apologize for that!

  17. This disgraceful is the one who lamented about pay cut to her public-money multimillion salary.
    What has she risked to land on such windfall? Licked the prince’s arse, porlampar?

    What exemplary public service has she rendered?? She milked and trampled on those trusting naive but pitiful souls loitering or exercising on streets for paper trashes for living.
    Fuck the greedy evil regime.

  18. Why ask others to apologize when she herself SCREWED up even bigger time with our tax payers money?!

    https://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/eat-drink-man-woman-16/grace-fu-%24410k-consultant-fee-rubbish-bin-justified-becos-complex-project-5426922-12.html

    Clear the plank in your own eyes before you remove the speck of dust from others.

    Apart from that WHY cannot raise a suspicious question? Isn’t Parliament there to go for a debate? How come now like Kindergarten? I say DON’T say sorry. Answer to the screw up is more important, then asking IMPORTANT questions.

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  20. “I will not apologise to this House because I believe I was doing my duty as an MP, in the Constitutional role that we have been elected to, to give the Government the forum to account to the people, and for that I make no apology.”

    WP MP Sylvia Lim

    #gsthike

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