Court Hearing for Marsiling-Yew Tee By-Election Fixed for Jan 2018

The hearing for the legal action on whether the government needs to hold a by-election in the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC is set for a half-day hearing on 15 January 2017. This was determined at the pre-trial conference (PTC) held this morning.

It was also decided at the PTC that the SDP will not be a party in the matter. The Attorney-General had objected to the SDP being part of the action because, according to him, the party had no standing in the issue.

In order not to complicate the proceedings and hold up the process, the SDP has agreed to withdraw from the action. This will leave Dr Wong Souk Yee, a resident in the GRC, as the sole plaintiff in the action.

The withdrawal does not change the essence of the legal action. Our position is that the PAP must abide by the constitution and the spirit of democracy by ensuring that an MP who vacates his/her seat be replaced by another MP through a by-election. As such, the SDP will support Dr Wong in her action.

Dr Wong filed an affidavit in September in which she stated that with Ms Halimah Yacob (now President) resigning her seat, her constituency would not be fully represented in Parliament until the next general election if a by-election is not called.

In addition, the affidavit said that Ms Halimah’s resignation meant that the GRC would be left without an elected minority MP to represent the minority constituents there.

Dr Wong also stated in her affidavit that if a by-election is called, she would contest in it under the SDP ticket.

The Registrar will set a date for Written Submissions to be filed before the hearing.

In the meantime, we ask our friends to support the effort by contributing toward the legal expenses. To donate, please click here. Thank you.

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15 Responses to “Court Hearing for Marsiling-Yew Tee By-Election Fixed for Jan 2018”

  • Titiana Ann Xavier:

    The PAP government will do its dirty utmost to prevent a by-election. Despite that, SDP is able to get Dr Wong Souk Yee to file a lawsuit to force a by-election. Dr Chee’s resilience and courage are astonishing. Unlike him the PAP tormentors are cowards. The SDP is doing the right thing to oppose a government that does not understand what is in the people’s best interests. A court decision against a by-election will be an indication that PM Lee is fearful of losing another GRC.

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  • Bruise Lee:

    Win or lose, the SDP has done well to go on the offensive and drives LHL till he gets constipation.

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  • N.Jungne:

    The Head is silently rotting away.

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  • opposition dude:

    I hope all goes well although I’m wary of the courts these days.

    And Dr Wong wn’t be allowed to contest since an opposition would have to field a malay candidate for the vacancy if a BE goes ahead. I’m sure if SDP does contest they would have someone suitable lined up.

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  • Dun hold your breath:

    Dun hold our breaths. Its going to be another dirty tricks wayanging by the PAPPIES again.
    But thank you SDP for your never ending efforts for us citizens .
    God bless u all, SDP.

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  • tr donation result says it all:

    We all know the result right ?

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  • C'est la vie:

    *****
    The courts have acceded to a hearing.

    And that will be that.

    Has SG not seen enough, of what usually/traditionally/historically follows.
    ***
    *****

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  • RDB:

    Cannot Dr. Chee or other SDP members also join Dr. Wong Souk Yee as a private citizen. Or go it alone too. What talking PTC?

    And it should be hearing on 15 January 2018. Not 2017!

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  • NotMyProblem:

    My greatest hope and wish to Dr Wong and SDP is for their victory in this court case.

    In GE2015, 70% given a blank cheque to PAP. Giving the power to PAP, the 70% expected (with the 30% hoping) some responsibility and accountability from the PAP but it has failed and failed badly. PAP has abuse this power.

    If SDP could take this GRC, Singaporeans might have a chance of slow down PAP’s abuse and by GE2020, Singaporeans could take back Singapore.

    GE2020 would be very critical, it could be a point of no return if PAP continues to abuse its power and increasing its voters bank by importing more foreigners for the next 3 years.

    Singaporeans, please fight to win, stop the abuse of PAP. Support the Opposition. Ownself check ownself cannot work!!!

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  • My Problem:

    Ask Not what they can do for you.
    Ask what they WON’T do to you.
    Ask what has already BEEN DONE to you.
    Ask will they DO THE SAME to you.

    NotMyProblem:
    My greatest hope and wish to Dr Wong and SDP is for their victory in this court case.

    In GE2015, 70% given a blank cheque to PAP. Giving the power to PAP, the 70% expected (with the 30% hoping) some responsibility and accountability from the PAP but it has failed and failed badly. PAP has abuse this power.

    If SDP could take this GRC, Singaporeans might have a chance of slow down PAP’s abuse and by GE2020, Singaporeans could take back Singapore.

    GE2020 would be very critical, it could be a point of no return if PAP continues to abuse its power and increasing its voters bank by importing more foreigners for the next 3 years.

    Singaporeans, please fight to win, stop the abuse of PAP. Support the Opposition. Ownself check ownself cannot work!!!

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  • asd:

    wow .. no $ is no right to know or to ask. .
    must have $ then go court ask . .

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  • The Rot Start From The Top:

    I will pray hard for Dr. Wong success. Her successs is the success of all Singaporeans seeking true justice, equality and One Singapore. Stand up for Singapore, Huat Ah!

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  • Maxchewy:

    It’s on 15jan 2018!
    MC
    21.11.17

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  • Best Solution:

    Best Solution is to have a by election for the GRC again…
    Fair and Square to all parties…

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  • Singaporeans Wonder...:

    If Faisal Manap is to resign as a MP from Aljunied GRC, will the Gahment calls for a By-Election in Aljunied GRC?

    What do you think?

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