“There is no need for MPs to give up their full-time jobs”, says PAP candidate Murali for Bukit Batok by-election. The PAP candidate was ridiculing his SDP opponent Dr Chee Soon Juan who promised to dedicate full-time serving residents in Bukit Batok SMC. However, the PAP candidate disagrees and felt there is no need.

Currently, PAP candidate Murali is the head for Commercial Litigation Practice of Singapore’s top law firm Rajah & Tann. His estimated monthly salaries is at least S$17,000 a month but the salary of a MP is only S$15,000 a month. As such, it is only natural that the PAP candidate is unwilling to forgo his full-time job which is relatively stable as compared to being that of a MP that is essentially a 5-year contract.

Many PAP MPs also held on to their full-time jobs and serve their constituencies part-time. The recently-fired corrupted PAP MP David Ong was also serving Bukit Batok SMC part-time while holding on to his full-time job as a Managing Director.

Despite never being a MP before, PAP candidate Murali assumed he is easily able to juggle between his full-time work and the MP work like others. Murali also contradict himself saying that he will not serve residents full-time, yet he claimed he will always put their needs above his:

“They (the PAP MPs) would prioritise the needs of the residents ahead of their own. If I get elected into parliament and if ever the needs of the residents compete with my own, I’ll always put their needs above mine.”