(States Times Review) Law Minister K Shanmugam openly insulted Opposition MP Sylvia Lim today (Mar 1) and engaged in name calling when she pointed out that Singaporeans are largely against the GST increase:
“Can I invite her to agree that that’s a thoroughly hypocritical and dishonest statement and typical of the statements she makes in this House? Sylvia Lim’s suggestion are baseless and she was making an accusation that the government is behaving willy nilly, dishonestly. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong first spoke about a tax increase during the National Day Rally several years ago. Heng had also mentioned a possible increase during last year’s Budget, something referenced by PM Lee late last year. Sylvia Lim must withdraw her remarks.”
The Workers’ Party woman MP was however undaunted by the foul-mouthed Law Minister’s bullying and retorted:
“In typical fashion, he always accuses me of dishonesty when, as far as I’m concerned, I acted honestly. My remarks amounted to an honest suspicion of the government’s intentions, citing parliamentary privilege and her right to come to Parliament to advance honestly held beliefs or suspicions.”
Minister K Shanmugam was agitated and started to interrupt her speech and talk over the Opposition MP, to which Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan Jin had to intervene to stop the Law Minister.
Minister K Shanmugam then continued his insults and said the High Court has previously called Sylvia Lim dishonest:
“The Latin saying suppressio veri, suggestio falsi (“the suppression of the truth is equivalent to the suggestion of what is false”), a High Court judge had previously said the same of Sylvia Lim.”