16 May 2012

Hougang: A By-Election is a By-Election

Few viewers would have failed to notice Channel NewsAsia's repeated reference to the Hougang by-election being the result of The Workers' Party's expulsion of its then-Member of Parliament Yaw Shin Leong for alleged personal indiscretions.

Under section 46 (2) of The Constitution of Singapore Act, the seat of a Member of Parliament becomes vacant if he ceases to be a member of, or is expelled or resigns from, the political party for which he stood in the election.

The by-election is the result of the Hougang seat becoming vacant.

There is no need for Channel NewsAsia — supposedly MediaCorp's dedicated news and current affairs television channel — to repeatedly remind its viewers that Mr Yaw was expelled for alleged personal indiscretions.

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