Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said Michael Palmer confessed his sins of the flesh to him on Saturday Dec 8, but the nation was told only in the afternoon of Wednesday Dec 12. The buzz that morning concerned the early retirement of High Court Justice Philip Pillai, 65, who had served only 30 months, one of the shortest terms spent in the position in Singapore. It was Pillai who ruled that Hougang resident Madam Vellama would not have to pay costs relating to the bid for a court declaration that the Prime Minister did not have unfettered discretion in deciding whether and when to call by-elections. Teo said PM Lee met Mr Palmer on Sunday morning Dec 9, and Lee "directed that the matter be dealt decisively and in an open way".
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One social media website claims a reliable informant provided details days before the storm broke but the editorial team decided to await independent verification - they had enough headaches with the recent letter of demand from Dr Vasoo over alleged libel. Apparently the couple's last surreptitious "meeting" was at a hotel in Jalan Besar last week during lunch time. Some date before Dec 8. The informant had initially posted the interesting inputs online, but has since removed them. Trust Singapore lawyers to put fear into the hearts of lesser mortals.
Teo said his party had to make plans to take care of the constituency before going public with the latest debacle. Charles Chong was appointed Acting Speaker of Parliament, and Teo Ser Luck will oversee the Punggol East constituency. Both are featured in the photo spread of Ms Ong's blog. Was Palmer just one of three juicy targets?
Comparison with the Yaw Shin Leong affair is inevitable. Yaw was sacked, Palmer was allowed to resign, what the army generals would call a honourable discharge. PAP apologist Chua Mui Hoong said Yaw maintained a "strange silence in the face of allegations", but Khaw Boon Wan's charges can be easily paraphrased:
For all his candour, Michael Palmer's "I had a relationship with a member of the PA" is not particularly enlightening, compared to the orgy of salacious detail indulged in the Ng Boon Gay corruption case.