Highlights: PM Lee, parliament discuss Iswaran probe, resignation of PAP MPs over affair
"I should have forced the issue earlier," Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said, addressing the resignation of Tan Chuan-Jin and Cheng Li Hui over an affair. Mr Lee also explained the decision to cut Mr Iswaran's pay amid CPIB's corruption probe.
SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong acknowledged in parliament on Wednesday (Aug 2) that he should have acted sooner after learning of the affair between former Speaker Tan Chuan-Jin and Cheng Li Hui.
Mr Lee said he had placed much weight on protecting their families - "perhaps too much", he added.
The resignation of the two former ruling party MPs, as well as the corruption probe involving Transport Minister S Iswaran, dominated discussions in parliament for more than two hours.
Mr Lee revealed that Mr Iswaran's pay had been cut to S$8,500 a month after being interdicted from duty.
Mr Chan Chun Sing, in his capacity as Minister-in-charge of the Public Service, also explained why the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) did not initially announce Mr Iswaran's arrest. He added that law enforcement agencies generally refrain from immediately naming the people being investigated as it may prejudice them.
Here are the main stories on the issues raised in parliament, as well as the highlights and videos from the proceedings:
- 'I should have forced the issue earlier': PM Lee on affair between Tan Chuan-Jin and Cheng Li Hui
- PAP stance on corruption 'has not changed under my charge, and it won’t under my successor': PM Lee
- CPIB did not announce Iswaran's arrest initially as it wanted to establish more facts, hear his side: Chan Chun Sing
- Pritam Singh questions 'suspicious' circumstances of release of Tan Chuan-Jin's hot mic video