Replying to Christopher de Souza's question if he is considering calling a by-election in Hougang SMC, PM Lee said he has not yet decided on the timing. In deciding on the timing, he will take into account all relevant factors, including:
- the well being of Hougang residents,
- the issues on the national agenda,
- the international backdrop which affects our prosperity and security,
- and whether papa says okay or not.
"[This amendment] revokes a clause (holding a by-election within three months) which was introduced into the State Constitution of Singapore when it entered Malaysia."
Reference was also made to an affidavit in the High Court by Hougang resident Vellama Marie Muthu, 42, seeking (i) a declaration and order that the Prime Minister does not have "unfettered discretion" over whether he has to call for a by-election in Hougang, and (ii) whether a by-election had to be called within three months or within a reasonable time.
While ostensibly declining to talk about matters which are sub judice, he has, inadvertently or otherwise, answered part one. As for part two, we too well what the old man will probably say, "Over my dead body."