Making sense of SDP’s failed legal challenge for a by-election to be called in Marsiling Yew Tee

While the Worker’s Party has advanced with a new Secretary General and celebrated their successful leadership transition, the SDP is still wasting away resources playing to the gallery.

The High Court had dismissed a legal challenge by SDP’s assistant treasurer, Dr Wong Souk Yee, that called for the three remaining Members of Parliaments (MPs) of Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC (National Development Minister Lawrence Wong, Mr Ong Teng Koon and Mr Alex Yam) to vacate their seats, and for a by-election to be held.

SDP had previously called the People’s Action Party (PAP)’s decision not to call a by-election unconstitutional when Madam Halimah Yacob left the GRC to run for President.


The judge said, “The applicant’s argument is simply that because Article 49 (1) [of our Constitution] has triggered a by-election in the present case, the remaining MPs must vacate their seats by resigning because otherwise a by-election cannot be held. In my view, this is a circuitous argument.”

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Too “legal-speak”?

In soccer’s term, we cannot expect all 11 players to head for the dressing room when one of the players kena “red card” – the game still goes on right?

Same logic applies to the law governing the GRC team. Maybe, SDP do not really play soccer, and is only interested in “playing politics”, whenever there is chance.


How they missed out such simple logic, and decided throw in money for this court case. is beyond us.

By the way, the case cost Dr Wong (or SDP?) S$10,764.35. Maybe they are “high SES”, and have $10K to waste?

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I would rather they use the money for legal workshops for the SDP members to brush up on their legal knowledge or they could donate the money to charities to benefit more people. If not, and if they have the “balls”, they could “all-in” to try their luck for this week’s S$8million TOTO winning.


Who knows? Maybe they will use the TOTO winning to fight more legal cases with the Government or PAP?