Update: DPP Benjamin Pwee just jumped into the bandwagon hoping to kick SDP out of the contest.

PAP MP for Bukit Batok Single Member Constituency (SMC) David Ong today (Mar 12) announced his resignation and a by-election for the ward has been confirmed by the Prime Minister. In his resignation letter made public by the state media, David Ong cited “personal reasons”.

When queried by the media, David Ong said: “There is personal indiscretion on my part which I deeply regret”. There have been no possible reasons speculated by other media sources but in the two previous MP resignations, both were due to extra-marital affairs.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he will hold a by-election for Bukit Batok SMC “in due course”. This is the second time in recent years a PAP MP abandon their residents with the last being Michael Palmer in Punggol East SMC.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he will hold a by-election for Bukit Batok SMC “in due course”. This is the second time in recent years a PAP MP abandon their residents with the last being Michael Palmer in Punggol East SMC. Michael Palmer was forced to resign as he was caught sleeping with his RC volunteer.

The Singapore Democratic Party has responded and expressed their interest in contesting the SMC. Dr Chee Soon Juan is the likely candidate. David Ong won the ward with 18.204 votes (72.99%) in the 2015 General Election, a landslide over his SDP contestant Sadasivam Veriyah (26.4%).

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