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Michael Palmer resigns: MPs shocked by announcement

Published on Dec 12, 2012 4:44 PM
 
Speaker of Parliament Michael Palmer has resigned as an MP on Wednesday after revealing that he had been involved in an extra-marital affair at a press conference at the PAP HQ on Wednesday afternoon. MPs who worked with Mr Palmer reacted with shock and disbelief when they heard the announcement of his resignation and affair. -- ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN

MPs who worked with Mr Michael Palmer reacted with shock and disbelief when they heard the announcement of his resignation and affair.

When contacted, MP Zainal Sapari, who is taking over from Mr Palmer as chairman of Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council, did not even know the reason why Mr Palmer has quit.

"Wow. I can't believe it," he said, when informed by The Straits Times that Mr Palmer had resigned because of an affair with a People's Association staff member.

He said he was only told of the resignation in the morning by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean but was not given the reason. Mr Palmer's former constituency, Punggol East was formerly a part of the GRC.

 
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