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Public Prosecutor refers conduct of WP leaders Pritam Singh, Faisal Manap to police for investigations

SINGAPORE — The Attorney-General has referred the conduct of Workers' Party (WP) leaders Pritam Singh and Faisal Manap before a parliamentary committee to the police for investigations.

Parliament had referred the conduct of Mr Pritam Singh (left) and Mr Faisal Manap (right) before its Committee of Privileges to the Public Prosecutor, who has in turn referred the matter to the police for investigations.

Parliament had referred the conduct of Mr Pritam Singh (left) and Mr Faisal Manap (right) before its Committee of Privileges to the Public Prosecutor, who has in turn referred the matter to the police for investigations.

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SINGAPORE — The Attorney-General has referred the conduct of Workers' Party (WP) leaders Pritam Singh and Faisal Manap before a parliamentary committee to the police for investigations.

A statement by the Singapore Police Force said on Friday (April 29): "The police have been going through the evidence provided by Parliament and will now be engaging persons relevant to the case as part of the investigations into the possible offences disclosed."

Parliament had convened a Committee of Privileges to probe former WP Member of Parliament (MP) Raeesah Khan over lies that she had told the House last year.

Mr Singh, the WP secretary-general and Leader of the Opposition, and Mr Faisal, WP's vice-chair, were among those who appeared before the committee's hearings.

On Feb 15, Parliament voted in favour of referring Mr Singh and Mr Faisal to the Public Prosecutor, or the Attorney-General, for further probe, on the back of the committee’s findings that they might have lied under oath during its investigations.

The opposition party voted against the move following a four-hour debate in which Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke about the importance of setting the right norms for MPs to protect the standing of Parliament.

The police said on Friday: "In February 2022, Parliament referred the conduct of Mr Pritam Singh and Mr Faisal Manap before the Committee of Privileges to the Public Prosecutor, who in turn referred the matter to the police for investigations."

The Committee of Privileges' 1,180-page report stated that Mr Singh and Mr Manap should be referred to the Public Prosecutor to "consider if criminal proceedings ought to be instituted", due to Mr Singh's conduct during the committee's probe and Mr Faisal's refusal to answer relevant questions. 

Mr Singh stated his intention to clear his name and to cooperate fully with the Public Prosecutor, despite having objections to the committee’s report.

Mr Faisal similarly said that he would give his full cooperation to the Public Prosecutor.

Parliament also voted in favour of the committee’s recommendation to levy a fine of S$35,000 against Ms Raeesah for the lies she told Parliament last year.

Ms Khan admitted earlier on Nov 1, 2021 that she misled Parliament over a claim that she accompanied a sexual assault victim to a police station where the victim was treated insensitively. 

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