The Singapore Democratic Party’s (SDP) 51-year-old chairman, Mr Jeffrey George has been arrested for a drug offence. This is not the first time that prominent personalities and politicians in Singapore have been in the spotlight for their less than desirable activities.
Chee Soon Juan
Mr Chee Soon Juan was a psychology lecturer at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He was dismissed from the position in 1993 for allegedly misappropriating research funds for personal use.
Mr J.B. Jeyaretnam is arguably one of Singapore’s most famous opposition leaders. In 1984, while he was the leader of the Workers’ Party, Mr Jeyaretnam was charged for allegedly misreporting his party accounts. He was later declared guilty and sentenced to three months’ imprisonment and fined $5,000.
Mr Michael Palmer was the Speaker of Parliament of Singapore from October 2011 to December 2012. He resigned when it was revealed that he was having an extra-marital affair with an employee of the People’s Association (PA).
Yaw Shin Leong
Mr Yaw Shin Leong was the Treasurer of The Workers’ Party (WP) and an MP for Hougang from 2011 to 2012. He was expelled from WP after rumours of his involvement of an extramarital affair starting circulating.
Mr Steve Chia was an up and coming opposition politician from the National Solidarity Party (NSP) when he was involved in a scandal – topless photos of a maid who worked in his home were discovered by his wife in his computer.
Teh Cheang Wan
Mr Teh Cheang Wan was Minister for National Development from 1979 to 1986. In November 1986, he was investigated for corruption by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau for accepting two bribes of $500,000 each in 1981 and 1982. He committed suicide before being charged for the offences.
The owner of popular nightclub Zouk was involved in a major drug scandal in the 90s. In 1995, the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) conducted islandwide raids and arrested 32 people, among them nine employees and a director of Zouk, as well as the club’s patrons for drug-related charges. Cheng was arrested for possession of drugs.