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Updated: 12/13/2012 07:36 | By Channel NewsAsia

MPs surprised by Michael Palmer’s resignation

MPs surprised by Michael Palmer’s resignation

MPs surprised by Michael Palmer’s resignation

SINGAPORE: Members of Parliament from the neighbouring Pasir Ris—Punggol GRC say they are surprised and shocked by Mr Michael Palmer’s sudden resignation.

But they assure Punggol East residents that their needs will be looked after.

With Mr Palmer’s resignation, Mayor of North East district and Minister of State for Trade and Industry Teo Ser Luck will oversee the single—seat constituency.

Mr Teo is also an MP for Pasir Ris—Punggol GRC. His priority is to ensure that residents’ needs are met.

"I’ll do my best to make sure that the transition period will be smooth and that we will continue to serve the residents of Punggol East to the best of our ability," Mr Teo told Channel NewsAsia.

Fellow Pasir Ris—Punggol MP Zainal Sapari was told around noon on Wednesday that he will take over as chairman of the Pasir Ris—Punggol Town Council.

"I am surprised by the sudden resignation of Mr Michael Palmer over the reasons that have been cited. We will ensure that there will be little or no impact on the management and operations of the town council," said Mr Zainal.

"Pasir Ris—Punggol Town Council has always operated as a team and we always keep each other in the loop over town council’s matters, that’s why we are able to handle any of such unforeseen circumstances. We will continue to be impartial and that the development of the town as a whole will always be our top priority."

Mr Zainal said Mr Palmer is a likeable person, and is professional and impartial in discharging his duties as town council chairman.

He said: "I have known Mr Michael Palmer in his capacity as chairman of Pasir Ris—Punggol Town Council. He has always been professional, impartial and fair to all the constituencies that fall under the jurisdiction of Pasir Ris—Punggol Town Council. As a Speaker of Parliament, I find him to be a very likeable person and fair to all parliamentarians."

Fellow MP Gan Thiam Poh described Mr Palmer as a nice colleague and a well—liked MP.

He said Singaporeans expect all MPs to hold high standards of conduct and that he respects Mr Palmer’s decision to resign.

"Michael is a nice colleague , a very caring and well liked MP. He is a very good Speaker that take care of the members of the House and give everyone a chance to speak and ensure the smooth running of Parliament. It is a difficult time for him and his family. Singaporeans expect all MPs to hold high standards of conduct, so we respect his decision," said Mr Gan.

— CNA/ir

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