Old habits die hard.
SINGAPORE: Former Workers’ Party (WP) MP Raeesah Khan will be fined for lying in Parliament, while party leaders Pritam Singh and Faisal Manap will be referred to the public prosecutor after the House voted on Tuesday (Feb 15) to proceed with recommendations made by the Committee of Privileges (COP).
This came after a debate on two motions filed by Leader of the House Indranee Rajah, which lasted more than four hours.
The first motion was split into two parts after she clarified with the Workers' Party that it would support some parts of it.
The first part comprised taking note of the COP's report and agreeing with its findings that Ms Khan was guilty of abusing parliamentary privilege by lying twice in Parliament on Aug 3. It also said she should be fined S$25,000 for this. All MPs agreed with the motion.
The second part was on Ms Khan being fined S$10,000 for repeating the lie on Oct 4. A majority of MPs agreed with the motion, although WP members stood to register their dissent to this, as did the Progress Singapore Party's Non-Constituency MPs.
SECOND MOTION ALSO PASSED
The second motion on the COP's recommendation that Mr Singh and Mr Faisal be referred to the public prosecutor was also voted in two parts.
The first part was that offences under the Parliament (Privileges, Immunities and Powers) Act may have been committed before the COP.
The COP said in its final report on Feb 10 that it was “satisfied” that Mr Singh, who is WP chief and Leader of the Opposition, had lied while giving evidence under oath, which could amount to perjury.
Mr Faisal should also be investigated for his “refusal to answer relevant questions put by the Committee”, which could constitute contempt of Parliament, it said.
The second part of the motion involved agreeing with the COP’s recommendations to defer any sanctions on the two and party chairman Sylvia Lim for their roles in Ms Khan’s lies, until any investigations and criminal proceedings against Mr Singh have been concluded.
All MPs agreed with both parts of the second motion, except for WP members who stood to register their dissent.
UNKNOWNS MOVING FORWARD
Mr Singh said in a Facebook post on Feb 10 that he and Mr Faisal would continue their work as per normal until matters were resolved. But there were still “a number of unknowns”, he said.
“These include the eventual decision of the Public Prosecutor to prosecute, the intervening time before the matter goes to trial, the eventual verdict and any sentence meted out, and the prospect of both Faisal and I losing our parliamentary seats and stepping down as Members of Parliament if either of us is fined $2,000 or more.”
The outcome in Parliament marks the latest development in the saga, stretching back to when Ms Khan first told the lie in August. After repeating the lie in October, she confessed in November that she had not been truthful about the account. She resigned from the WP and as an MP on Nov 30.
COP proceedings gathered pace in December, with the panel having 15 meetings lasting more than 35 hours in total. The panel is chaired by Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin, and comprises six other People's Action Party MPs and WP MP Dennis Tan.
It also held an additional 31 hours of hearings, in which it heard oral evidence from nine witnesses. The committee also produced six special reports and a final report of more than 1,180 pages to Parliament.
I would be surprised if this rubber-stamp parliament didn't wholeheartedly concur with the recommendations put forth by Pinky's minions. Time to crucify the opposition, with extreme prejudice.
Kim Bui Bui and Winnie Xi would be proud of our MIW 😛
I have every confidence Pritam's name will be cleared eventually. Hang in there毕丹星, 别担心!
@Run 森林 RUN!!!!! Keep calm and continue supporting WP. :)
PAP's true agenda has finally come to the fore.
When you can't run the country properly, you need distractions. Fixing the opposition is an easy way to achieve that. The mainstream propaganda machinery will make sure of it. ;)
SINGAPORE: The Committee of Privileges (COP) has recommended that former Workers' Party (WP) Member of Parliament Raeesah Khan be fined S$35,000 for lying in Parliament.
It also proposed that WP secretary-general Pritam Singh and vice-chair Faisal Manap, both Aljunied GRC MPs, be referred to the Public Prosecutor for further investigations.
The COP, in its final report on Thursday (Feb 10), said that it has found Ms Khan guilty of abuse of privilege for telling an untruth in the House on Aug 3, and then repeating it on Oct 4.
Ms Khan had lied about accompanying a sexual assault victim to the police station in an anecdote which alleged that the police had mishandled the case. She said that she did so because she did not want to reveal that she had heard the anecdote in a support group, which she had attended as a survivor of sexual assault.
She subsequently resigned as an MP and from the WP.
After hearings and deliberations by the Committee over the last two months, the final report said: "The Committee considers that Ms Khan had acted with disregard for the dignity and decorum of the House in making serious allegation against the Police in Parliament, that was untrue in some parts, and was unsubstantiated."
The report said from Aug 8 onwards however, Ms Khan was acting under the guidance of three senior WP leaders, to "keep to the untruth", and on Oct 3 she was given further guidance by Mr Singh to continue lying.
The leaders refer to Mr Singh, Mr Faisal and WP chair Sylvia Lim.
"(Ms Khan) was therefore not solely responsible for repeating the Untruth on 4 Oct, in Parliament. But she nevertheless cannot be completely absolved from liability either for repeating the Untruth. She remains liable," said the report.
"She came clean, on 1 Nov, after she was told to do so, by Mr Singh and Ms Lim (on 12 Oct)."
The amount of S$35,000 is a combination of two fines - S$25,000 for the untruth on Aug 3, which she has to "take full and sole responsibility for", and S$10,000 for repeating the lie on Oct 4.
The smaller amount takes into account the "substantial mitigating factor" that Ms Khan was acting on the orders of WP leadership after Aug 8, said the report. The COP has also considered that Ms Khan has resigned from Parliament and confessed to WP leaders on Aug 8.
"Her conduct and evidence show that if she had been advised on 8 Aug, to come clean, she would have done so," said the report.
It added that the Committee recognises that "her mental health has been unfairly and publicly attacked, in particular, by Mr Singh".
Repeating an untruth should carry a higher penalty, but a lower amount has been recommended because of these mitigating circumstances, the Committee said.
CONDUCT OF WP LEADERS
As the COP's findings raise questions about the conduct of the three WP leaders, the Committee also recommended that Mr Singh be referred to the Public Prosecutor, for further investigations, "with a view to considering if criminal proceedings ought to be instituted in respect of his conduct before the Committee".
Mr Faisal will also be investigated for his refusal to answer relevant questions put by the Committee, and consider if criminal proceedings ought to be instituted.
The report said that in reaching its findings, it was "satisfied" that the WP leaders who testified had lied in their evidence.
"We are satisfied that Mr Singh (and to a lesser extent, Mr Faisal and Ms Lim), have been untruthful in their evidence, under oath, to this Committee. This may amount to perjury, a serious criminal offence," it said.
"LACK OF DOCUMENTS"
The Committee concluded that the three senior WP leaders "did not produce any contemporaneous evidence" to support their version of the disputed facts.
This was despite them being specifically asked by the Committee to produce all documents related to any discussion, instruction, inquiry or communication relating to the untruth spoken by Ms Khan in Parliament.
They were also asked for any discussion, instruction, inquiry or communication on Ms Khan’s Nov 1 personal explanation, when she admitted that she had lied.
The report said: "The lack of documents raises questions. If they had intended that the truth be told, it would be reasonable to expect that there would be some emails, or documentation. But there was not a shred of objectively verifiable, contemporaneous evidence which supports the position taken by the 3 Senior WP leaders."
In contrast, Ms Khan and Ms Loh have produced evidence, including their WhatsApp exchanges, that "independently and contemporaneously corroborate their actions at the material time".
The COP had heard evidence from Ms Khan's assistants Ms Loh Pei Ying and Mr Yudhishthra Nathan, who had corroborated Ms Khan's account.
More at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/wp-workers-party-raeesah-khan-pritam-singh-cop-parliament-privileges-2490276
That ET buay tong, Pinky bo pian got to mobilize the AGC to whack Pritam lor
SINGAPORE — Workers’ Party (MP) vice-chair Faisal Manap has testified to Parliament's Committee of Privileges that the opposition party’s top three leaders had known for months that former WP MP Raeesah Khan had lied to the House on Aug 3 and repeated the untruth on Oct 4, but they did not reveal this to the rest of the leadership or its cadres.
On Saturday (Dec 11), the committee released its second report on the hearings into the matter. According to minutes of the committee's meetings, it would call on the three WP top leaders — Mr Faisal, WP chief Pritam Singh, WP chairman Sylvia Lim — to give evidence. Ms Raeesah's erstwhile fellow Sengkang GRC MP, Associate Professor Jamus Lim, would also be asked to testify.
Mr Singh had given evidence on Friday. The report released on Saturday comprised a summary of the evidence provided by Mr Faisal, who testified on Thursday.
According to the report, Mr Faisal said he had two meetings with Mr Singh and Ms Lim before his hearing with the Committee of Privileges. However, the Aljunied GRC MP repeatedly refused to give details of what they discussed, as well as the materials which Mr Singh and Ms Lim had brought to the meetings.
The committee pointed out in its report that Mr Faisal "brought a note with him to the hearing". "He said that he had prepared it, to remind himself of the sequence of what had happened," the committee's report stated.
The committee is investigating Ms Raeesah’s conduct after she admitted on Nov 1 that she had lied in Parliament over a claim she made to the House on Aug 3 that she had accompanied a sexual assault victim to a police station where the victim was treated insensitively.
Ms Raeesah resigned from WP and as an MP on Nov 30.
The committee had released an earlier report on Dec 3 that contained testimony from Ms Raeesah saying she had been told by WP's top three leaders to stick to the lie she had made in Parliament.
She had also testified under oath that she was told by the leaders that if she and the party could get away with it, there was no need to clarify the lie.
According to the report issued by the committee on Saturday, Mr Faisal testified that Ms Raeesah had a meeting on Aug 8 with Mr Singh, Ms Lim and himself where she confessed that she lied during her parliamentary speech on Aug 3.
But the three leaders did not react to her confession because they had been overwhelmed after she told them that she had been sexually assaulted as a student in Australia when she was 18 years old.
Since that meeting, he did not ask any questions or had any discussions about the lie, the report said.
It added: “In short, he told the (Committee of Privileges) that he was not involved in anything relating to the untruth.”
The committee's report noted that Mr Faisal accepted that it was bad to lie to Parliament.
“He agreed that it was equally wrong to allow a lie to carry on in Parliament. He also agreed that if one knew of a true fact which would correct a deception on Parliament, keeping quiet would also be a problem, and could possibly amount to an offence,” said the report.
It added: “Mr Faisal agreed that after he became aware of (Ms Raeesah’s) lie, it would have been logical for him to have asked questions about (Ms Raeesah's) intention to clarify the lie, at various points in the events that transpired.”
Wah jialat, 越描越黑 sia
PAP is hitting the reset button once more. :P
Raj Singh also super buay song Pinocchio Khan liao: