Member of Parliament (MP) for Nee Soon, Dr Lim Wee Kiak, asked Worker’s Party chief Low Thia Khiang to tune up his hearing aid during a heated discussion in Parliament on Thursday (7 February).
The People’s Action Party (PAP) MP later apologised for the remark.
The comment came after Dr Lim challenged Workers’ Party’s stand on the number of new citizens, which was apparently different from the number Low cited in the previous year’s Budget debate, TODAY newspaper reported.
In rebuttal, the Workers’ Party chief said that his words were taken out of context to which Dr Lim said: “I will quote (from your speech then) one more time. And maybe your hearing aid has to be (turned) up a little bit.”
Although Low did not respond to the remark, TODAY reported that Dr Lim apologised after Ellen Lee, MP for Sembawang, ended her speech.
“Madam Speaker, in the heat of the very passionate debate, I’ve made some very insensitive remarks about Mr Low. I would like to express my sincere apologies to the honourable member Mr Low Thia Khiang for my comments on his hearing aid,” he said.