13 December 2012 17:29 | By Ang Kai Fong
The Michael Palmer affair

Who's the woman behind the fall from grace of former MP Michael Palmer?



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Woman in Michael Palmer affair named

She has been identified as 33-year-old Laura Ong Hui Hoon, described by some as “attractive”, “bubbly” and “capable”, and by others, “soft-spoken” and one who “kept to herself”.

According to various local reports, the former constituency director of Pasir Ris West Constituency Office is understood to have separated from her husband, whom she married in March 2006, before her affair with Michael Palmer.

The People's Association (PA) confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that Ong has tendered her resignation on Dec 10, citing family commitments.

Their announcement came half a day after Palmer’s shocking resignation from his post as Speaker and MP for Punggol East, as well as from the ruling People’s Action Party, after revealing he had an extramarital affair with a PA staff working in Pasir-Ris Punggol GRC.

A local tabloid on Thursday published a series of screengrabs of SMS and e-mail exchanges it received from an anonymous source on Saturday allegedly between the 44-year-old politician and the woman 11 years his junior, hinting at an intimate relationship between the two.

Among some of the SMSes shared between them:

“Hello darling… I love you loads too. More than I sometimes show… Sorry. Love love.”

“You may not have noticed, but every time we meet on monday, the kisses are lesser.. the time we spend getting intimate is also lesser.”

“Yes and sometimes that’s because I am tired and sometimes that’s also because you are sick”

“But you can’t judge our relationship by just what happens on Monday”

Another e-mail dated Aug 14 read, “Hello Darling, I hope you’re having a good massage. I have some mangoes for you. I love you and miss you loads. XOXO”

Leaked messages that led to expose?

As news spread, many began to speculate that it was the leaked intimate conversations that had forced Palmer to come clean.

The informant, who also revealed that Palmer and Ong had been in a relationship for over a year, had declined to speak to the paper, preferring instead to communicate via SMS.

“You recall Yaw Shin Leong? We need good ministers,” he reportedly wrote.

The source’s identity and his motive, if any, remain unclear.

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