Yaw Shin Leong breaks silence, urges voters to support WP

Ex-Workers’ Party (WP) MP Yaw Shin Leong has finally broken his silence.

In a personal letter he penned to Hougang voters and sent to the media on Friday, he apologized “for the whole episode” and urged them to continue supporting the WP.

The single member constituency seat became vacant after Yaw was expelled from the WP in February for failing to address allegations of extra-marital affairs, in which he was linked to at least three women. He and his wife subsequently left Singapore and according to media reports, has since been spotted in Hanoi, among other places.

The resultant ongoing by-election will see WP’s Png Eng Huat up against the People Action Party’s Desmond Choo on Polling Day, 26 May.

Yaw also thanked his former constituents for voting for him in the last General Elections and for their "patience and support" for him during his nine-month stint as MP of Hougang.

“I take pride in being able to serve you, though for a short period of time,” he said.

Although he failed to address the allegations of marital indiscretions, the 35-year-old confirmed that he and his wife had travelled out of Singapore as an “attempt to rebuild our lives as private individuals away from the glare of the media”, although they will come “home” regularly.

“I am very proud of our Hougang Spirit,” Yaw wrote.

“I hope that Hougang residents will continue to keep our Hougang Spirit strong and keep the flame of parliamentary democracy alive by supporting the candidate in blue.”

Read Yaw's five-paragraph statement to the media:

Responding to Yaw’s statement on Friday evening, WP wrote on its Facebook page that “Yaw is no longer a member of the Workers' Party”.

“We remain focused on supporting our candidate, Png Eng Huat, for the Hougang by-election,” the party added.