Lawyer Lim Tean, the former Secretary-General of the National Solidarity Party (NSP), released a video today castigating Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for selecting the “safe sanctuary” of parliament as his forum of choice to defend himself against the allegations of abuse of power made against him by his siblings in the escalating Oxley Spat.
Citing that Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang have sullied the Prime Minister’s standing in the eyes of Singaporeans by challenging his integrity, Lim asserted that “By the PAP’s own self-proclaimed standards, the Prime Minister MUST sue for defamation in order to clear his name.”
By not doing so and by choosing to rebut the allegations in the “safe sanctuary of Parliament,” Lim alleges that the Prime Minister has effectively ensured that his accusers cannot be heard and cannot refute or fight allegations that may be false since Parliamentary Privilege shields allegations made in Parliament from defamation laws.
Declaring that he is adding his voice to the alleged majority of Singaporeans who reject Parliament as an appropriate, impartial venue to settle the matter, Lim opined that lifting the party whip will have no effect since decision makers may be tainted by personal biases and interests. Claiming that parliamentarians are not fit to bring satisfactory closure to the issue, Lim called on the President to restore the integrity of public service by intervening.
Posted by Tean Lim on Saturday, 1 July 2017
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