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WP says it will debate Parti Liyani case in Nov, won’t seek adjournment motion ballot in October

SINGAPORE — Workers’ Party (WP) chairman Sylvia Lim will not be seeking a ballot in October for her adjournment motion on the issues raised by the conviction and subsequent acquittal of Ms Parti Liyani, the former domestic worker of Changi Airport Group ex-chairman Liew Mun Leong.

Ms Parti Liyani (left) with her lawyer Anil Balchandani (right) in a photo taken on Sept 8, 2020.

Ms Parti Liyani (left) with her lawyer Anil Balchandani (right) in a photo taken on Sept 8, 2020.

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SINGAPORE — Workers’ Party (WP) chairman Sylvia Lim will not be seeking a ballot in October for her adjournment motion on the issues raised by the conviction and subsequent acquittal of Ms Parti Liyani, the former domestic worker of Changi Airport Group ex-chairman Liew Mun Leong.

Instead, WP will seek to contribute to the debate when Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam delivers his ministerial statement on the matter in November, the party said in a statement on Friday (Oct 2).

Ms Lim had initially wanted to deliver an adjournment motion on the issue at next week's Parliament sitting. 

However, since there were five adjournment motions on different topics submitted to Parliament, Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin had to conduct a ballot. Ms Lim’s was not picked

Earlier on Friday, Mr Shanmugam said that he intends to make his statement in Parliament in November as the reviews by the police and the Attorney-General’s Chambers of Ms Parti’s case are still in progress

The reviews are expected to conclude in two to three weeks’ time, Mr Shanmugam said, adding that he will also address the questions that have been raised after the reviews are completed.

Noting that the internal reviews are ongoing, WP said that there are still “wider questions about the criminal justice system which the case has highlighted, including the appropriate approaches to take to diagnose and respond to any shortcoming”.

“The strong public interest in the case, and in the underlying issue of access to justice for all, bodes well for a critical public discussion on how the poor and disadvantaged can adequately navigate the criminal justice system,” the party said.

“WP’s motivation is to seek enhancements to a justice system that should work for all.”

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