The speaker of Singapore’s parliament resigned after admitting to an extramarital affair. He admitted he had an extramarital affair with a community worker. The incident has added to a list of scandals that have undermined Singapore’s reputation for clean and efficient governance. Michael Palmer, the speaker and a member of Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party, said his conduct was “improper” and a “serious error of judgment,” according to reports by the strait-laced island’s state media. The woman Palmer had an affair with was employed by a government statutory board and worked in Palmer’s constituency. Palmer said he resigned Wednesday to avoid further embarrassment to the parliament and the ruling party, which has been in power since 1959. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a statement that all members of parliament need to uphold the highest standards of personal conduct. The scandal could result in an election to fill the vacant seat in parliament for Punggol East constituency that Palmer represented, but Lee indicated that he won’t be calling a by-election any time soon.]]>

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