10 talking points on the Michael Palmer affair

Michael Palmer

Guilt-stricken, sobbing in front of cameras

10 quick observations and talking points on the Michael Palmer affair:

  1. PAP is smart to quickly sort out this mess and Mr Palmer even faced the cameras, after the lesson learned from the Yaw Shin Leong saga that Workers’ Party kept silent on for too long.
  2. Cynics will believe that politicians never come clean unless there is imminent danger of an exposé. What exactly led Mr Palmer to confess to his party?
  3. Now that a recent precedent has been set in Hougang, PAP cannot not call a by-election without being accused of trying to hold on to a seat unconstitutionally.
  4. Who is going to run for PAP? Someone from the beaten Aljunied team? Ong Ye Kung would have been a suitable choice but for the recent negative publicity on the unions and his director seat on SMRT.
  5. Which opposition is going to run? Workers’ Party is already salivating at the thought, having won 41 per cent of the vote in the last General Election.
  6. This could be a good opportunity for the opposition to wrest over a SMC. Will they unite this time to avoid the multi-legged fight of 2011?
  7. Although very unlikely, Chee Soon Juan himself has just been discharged from bankruptcy and is now eligible to run.
  8. The electorate has shown in the Hougang by-election that their votes are not easily swayed by scandals. Will this mean PAP can look to hold on to the seat?
  9. We always knew the PA is in bed with the PAP, but not to this extent!
  10. Now we know where those dating vouchers that nobody wanted ended up.

For the life of me, I cannot remember, what made us think that they were wise and they never compromised…