In a statement on Wednesday night, Leong said he had received a call from Dr Balakrishnan, who “conveyed his apology”.
“I accepted his apology. Let us make better use of our time for Singapore and Singaporeans,” Leong said.
He added, however, that he “is also curious to know” who others were involved in the conversation and “the reason why they held the institution in which (he) participated in contempt”.
Early on Wednesday morning, Parliament adopted a motion by Finance Minister Lawrence Wong secure the jobs and livelihoods of Singaporeans.
Parliament also rejected a rival proposal from Leong, which called on the government to “take urgent and concrete action to address widespread concerns among Singaporeans about jobs and livelihoods caused by foreign talent policy”.
The motions were debated together but voted on separately.
In a post on the PSP’s Facebook page, the party’s general secretary Francis Yuen said that Leong and NCMP Hazel Poa “stood up” and spoke “passionately”.
Notes that the debate was about “to protect our cores in Singapore,” Yuen added: “This core must be complemented by real foreign talent that comes in through sound foreign talent policy and effective implementation by relevant authorities.”
Yuen said the debate was not about racism or xenophobia, although “relentless attempts have been made to label the PSP as such”.
“We believe that the public knows and understands why we had to present the motion and start this debate,” he added.
“Unlike some quarters who may find different voices illiterate, we have confidence that our other Singaporeans are enlightened and educated and will not miss the forest for the trees.”
In a separate statement, Yuen also said that it was “shocking to hear such comments from a minister and a diplomat representing Singapore”.
“His contempt for a Member of Parliament and disrespect for a very famous school is disappointing to say the least. “