PAP tries to cast aspersions on WP’s Leon Perera once again

Perera's face says it all

A PAP MP has once again cast aspersions that WP’s Leon Perera is motivated by commercial interests when discharging his responsibilities as Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP).

Junior Minister Chee Hong Tat postulated that Perera’s remarks over amendments to a tobacco bill were motivated by considerations of financial gain, in Parliament today.

In the debate about the bill, Perera had asked to “allow confirmed smokers access to e-cigarettes, at least for a certain period of time, as part of their efforts to quit smoking or reduce consumption.”

Chee later picked on Perera and said:

“During the debate, Mr Perera, in his speech, supported the use of e-cigarettes, which is also what tobacco companies have advocated.
“I’d like to seek clarification from Mr Perera, that I understand he’s the CEO of Spire Group which is a research and consulting company. I wanted to ask and confirm if the Member has any interest he wishes to declare.”

Perera appeared discomfitted by Chee’s audacious allusions and asserted: “My comments are not in any way motivated by any prospect of financial gain.”

He added:

“As a general matter of policy, the work my company does, does not pertain to tobacco business at all. And that’s a position we have taken historically, so I do not serve tobacco clients in my private capacity in the work that I do for this company.
“I take very strong objection to any implication that the opinions that I’ve expressed in my speech for the Tobacco Bill was motivated by commercial considerations in any way. They were motivated purely on matters of principle and matters of opinion.”

Chee, however, was not satisfied. He then asked:

“I had only asked the Member if he had any interest to declare. Can I also ask Mr Perera if Henkel, a key manufacturer of adhesives for cigarettes, is a client of the Spire group of which Mr Perera is CEO?

Mr Perera again asserted: “Henkel, I believe, has been a very small past client. But as I mentioned earlier, we don’t support tobacco companies. We don’t work with tobacco companies as clients … and therefore there is no commercial motivation in the comments I’ve made.”

He appeared to move away from the rostrum before returning to stress:

“And I want to register my very strong objection to any insinuation that there is any commercial motivation to the comments that I’ve made.
“They are matters of principle…matters of my own opinion and they are not motivated by any prospect of financial gain or commercial gain.
“So I want to register a very strong objection to that.”

Chee Hong Tat and Leon Perera clash over the tobacco bill amen…

WATCH: The exchange between Chee Hong Tat and The Workers' Party's Leon Perera over the tobacco bill. At issue – whether Mr Perera’s consulting firm deals with tobacco-linked companies.

Posted by Channel NewsAsia on Tuesday, 7 November 2017


This is not the first time a PAP member has cast aspersions upon the opposition politician.

About a year ago, another PAP parliamentarian alluded that Perera had commercial interests in mind when he took issue with the WP’s statement expressing concern over investigations into breaches of Cooling-Off Day regulations.

The ruling party MP, Tan Wu Meng, suggested that Perera and the WP, as a result, “could be seen as having an interest in the outcome of the investigation” since one of the websites being investigated was The Independent.

Perera was a advisory board member of The Independent at the time. Although Perera was not involved in the operation or management of The Independent, he has since chosen to vacate his role to ensure that any perceived link to TISG does not distract public attention when policy positions are taken by the WP.

Tan, a Jurong GRC MP, had said:

“The Workers’ Party has issued a statement expressing concern over investigations into breaches of the Parliamentary Elections Act, in particular the Cooling-Off Day rules.
“We should let the law take its course.
“WP Central Executive Committee Member and NCMP Mr Leon Perera has been linked to “The Independent SG” (TISG), one of the websites under investigation. This was not declared in WP’s statement.
“Given this, WP should be aware that it could be seen as having an interest in the outcome of the investigation, and that every effort should be made by WP to avoid the impression that WP is trying to interfere with the investigation.”

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  1. this chee tat is a wayang king you can watch youtube video of him wayanging when LHL came in during the lunch time rally during GE 2015

    • Absolutely!

      Its disgusting that Leon had sought for “amendments to a tobacco bill that were motivated by considerations of financial gain”.

      If you disagree with me on this remark, I suggest you take it up with TISG’s editorial board instead.

      After all, i am merely quoting from the bylines of their article they posted…

      Looks like they are disgusted with Leon Perera’s conduct in Parliament too!

  2. See his chee Hong face can bloody vomit. Parliament is not for one upmanship it’s to solve the lives of Singaporeans. Why are we paying these clowns millions of dollars to cast aspersions on your fellow MP. Totally no class .

  3. The pap can allow one mp to have 64 job titles sitting in parliament not doing anything yet want to accused others of taking interest in the debate? Chee Hong kia really bastard

    • Not quite Chong Win. Henkel was listed in Swire’s website in their list of clients. I don’t want to provide the link to their site in the interest of privacy but you can Google to find out (though i suggest you don’t, so as to protect the identity of other clients).

      Interestingly, Leon’s profile on the website did not even mention he was a Member of Parliament, though it clearly identified his role as the Chief Executive Officer.

      Is he too embarrassed to be identified as an elected representative of the People, may I ask?

  4. The more articulate the opposition member is, the harder the attack dogs of PxP will hit. Sensible Singaporeans would do well to stand with Leon when counted, and not let him be destroyed like how CSJ was.

    • Juliana Theresa Dorai, absolutely agree with you on this point! First, it was AHTC and now this! Don’t you agree that its time WP learnt a lesson or two about “conflict of interests”?

    • Max Arumugam I believe you have totally misunderstood my point..I meant that the MIW, has in the past, and still continues to stoop so low to either cast aspersions,make snide remarks in the House..or while we are at this..lets throw in defamation suits their political opponents..that they have made it into an art remarks were not in anyway directed at WP.

  5. Another jia liao bee minister singaporeans are feeding. Immunity to lawsuits on whatever is said in parliament. Where else better he could hv passed off this without having to account for it?

  6. PAP ministers all so disgusting. Those who still support PAP need to wake up. This is a national discussion. Not a child play argument. Such a immature way of discussion from PAP is unacceptable !

  7. We have 83 from top to bottom politicians who cant run a country who took turn to ruined its own citizenz life.When a parliament is full of idiots our daily issues will never debated.

  8. Singapore is now governed by small minded clowns who are way overpaid for what they actually do!!!!! They are good only for the barracks conducting war games and computer simulations not actual human affairs!!!!!

  9. Many of the pap grassroots members own businesses as well. Does the government want to clarify whether any of those businesses were granted government contracts and whether there were any conflicts of interests?

  10. The constant attacks on smoking by political leaders get the real political gain.
    Simple: About 82% of voters are non- or anti-smokers.
    True and sincere Leaders should not accept salary from the Revenue as tobacco-products taxes and duties are an ingredient.

  11. Our opposition LP is just too polite. Why hold back? Dish out the same! Am totally disgusted with the government under the leadership of LHL..self serving, obnoxious, arrogant hypocrites!

  12. Lemon Perera is trying to help smokers quit. Hello! Where is your focus? Wasting precious Parliament time finding fault with opposition. So unintelligent and low class

  13. When on earth a parliamentary debate moves towards personal debate?! A PAP Minister can be so lack of sense of importance, wasting time n effort of the country just as to satisfy his personal ego… I m for PAP but not this Minister … Sad scenario!

  14. Everytime use the anti-smoking weapon to recover loss of political support after something unpopular or unfavourable has developed.
    Afterall, this method is a win-win for the Party, as 83% of voters don’t smoke.
    I dare say that the tobacco business has saved more lives than destroyed.
    How much of the billions of tobacco taxes and duties have been channeled into healthcare, education, social welfare, defence – without which our income tax, property tax, GST would have been much more?
    Don’t you think the subsidy one gets after his visit to the subsidised clinic contains tobacco taxes? His stay and treatment at a general hospital get subsidised by tobacco taxes? He needed to pay $320 for the treatment instead of $350 because of the existence of tobacco taxes in the Revenue?

  15. Revitalising anti-tobacco measures every now & then to divert attention, esp. from recent unfavourable developments such as the FamiLee saga, MRT problems.
    Afterall aren’t 83% of Singaporeans (hence voters) hate smoking?

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