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Michael Palmer's resignation: Was leak the trigger?

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 4:11 PM Updated: Jan 9, 2013 1:56 AM

Speculation was rife the day after Mr Michael Palmer’s shock resignation that it was leaked SMS messages and emails that ultimately pushed him to come forward.

The New Paper revealed on Thursday that it had received text messages and e-mails from an unnamed contact on Saturday showing intimate conversations between the Speaker of Parliament and constituency director Laura Ong.

The paper published screenshots of several messages, all appearing to have been taken from Ms Ong’s phone. It reported that the two appeared to have regular meetings on Mondays

Among some of the messages shared between the two:

“Hello darling... I love you loads. More than I sometimes show... Sorry. Love love."

“I hope you are having a good massage. I have some mangoes for you. I love you and miss you loads.”

“You may not have noticed, but every time me weet on monday, the kisses are lesser.. the time we spend getting intimate is also lesser.”

“Yes and sometimes that’s because I am tired and sometimes that’s also because you are sick.”

There were emails titled “Your booking at Fairmont Singapore” and also one showing a Dior handbag Mr Palmer alleged gave to her.

Questions now linger over who might have leaked the messages and what the motive was.

The informant declined to speak to The New Paper but sent them an SMS saying: You recall Yaw Shin Leong? We need good ministers.”

Mr Yaw was expelled from the Workers’ Party in February for failing to come clean about alleged extramarital affairs.