SINGAPORE – Lawyer K. Muralidharan Pillai will be the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) candidate in the upcoming Bukit Batok SMC by-election, the party announced this evening (March 21) at 5pm.
According to Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao, Mr Murali met with former PAP chairman Lim Boon Heng on Sunday (March 20) night, but did not reveal the details of the meeting.
Mr Murali, a lawyer, is head of Rajah & Tann’s commercial litigation department. He was part of the PAP’s five-member Aljunied GRC team in the 2015 General Election which lost to the Workers’ Party.
On Sunday (March 20), Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) secretary-general Chee Soon Juan announced that he would be contesting in the by-election.
The seat was recently vacated after its MP David Ong resigned on March 12 due to “personal indiscretion”.
He is alleged to have had an affair with PAP grassroots member Ms Wendy Lim, 41, who works in a logistics firm.