Workers’ Party Member of Parliament (Sengkang GRC) Jamus Lim sounded determined and hopeful in a Feb 21 Facebook post, in spite of the recent “untoward events.”
He told residents at a house visit last weekend that “regardless of the challenges, we were elected to do a job—represent the interests and concerns of the people of #SengkangGRC—and our efforts to do so will remain unaltered, our desire undeterred, and our resolve unwavering.”
The MP, an associate professor of economics at ESSEC Business School, wrote that he had gone on house visits at seven floors in 353A#Anchorvale last weekend, getting a chance to talk to families at home.
Their reception had been warm he added, as many households “offered words of encouragement, and expressed their gratitude that the #workersparty was there to be their alternative voice in Parliament.”
He hinted, however, at the toll recent events have taken, but added that he has chosen the what-does-not-kill-me-makes-me-stronger route through past and present trials.
“It is, of course, easy (and all-too-human) to shake our fists at untoward events, and bemoan perceived injustice. But as cliched as it sounds, the stumbles I’ve faced in life have only served to enrich my sense of purpose and meaning, and helped inculcate some patience and wisdom.”
The WP already had much to deal with in the aftermath of the scandal of former WP MP Raeesah Khan lying in Parliament more than once last year.
Ms Khan resigned from the party, and responsibility for her ward was assumed by Prof Lim and the two other Sengkang MPs, Ms He Ting Ru and Mr Louis Chua.
Moreover, and of even heavier weight, Parliament’s Committee of Privileges, which looked into Ms Khan’s falsehoods, found that WP’s leadership—secretary-general Pritam Singh, chair Sylvia Lim and vice-chair Faisal Manap—had committed grave misconduct by encouraging Ms Khan to maintain her lies.
This could have serious repercussions on the party, especially for Mr Singh, Singapore’s first Leader of the Opposition, and Mr Faisal, to the point of them losing their seats in Parliament.
Both men have been referred to the Public Prosecutor, who will consider all evidence, including new evidence brought forward, in deciding whether criminal charges would be brought against them.
This will also give Mr Singh and Mr Faisal the opportunity to defend and vindicate themselves, with legal counsel, if criminal charges are brought.