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

Speaker of the House’s shocking resignation

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Speaker of the House’s shocking resignation

“I have resigned to take full responsibility for a grave mistake that I have committed,” a visibly strained Michael Palmer announced in a surprise press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

“I had a relationship with a member of the People’s Association staff working in Pasir Ris—Punggol GRC,” he revealed. “While the individual did not work with me directly, Punggol East used to be part of the Pasir Ris—Punggol GRC and continues to work with it.”

“My conduct was improper and it was a serious error of judgement. I have resigned in order to avoid further embarrassment to the People’s Action Party (PAP) and to Parliament,” he said, also apologising to his residents, the PAP and his family.

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