PAP's Murali and SDP's Chee canvass for votes at Bukit Batok on Sunday morning

PAP's Murali Pillai (left) and South West District Mayor Low Yen Ling speaking to residents during a visit to the market at Block 154A, Bukit Batok West Ave 8.
PAP's Murali Pillai (left) and South West District Mayor Low Yen Ling speaking to residents during a visit to the market at Block 154A, Bukit Batok West Ave 8. ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW
Mr Murali high-fiving a young boy in a pram during his walkabout.
Mr Murali high-fiving a young boy in a pram during his walkabout. ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW
Mr Murali shaking hands with a fishmonger during his walkabout in the market.
Mr Murali shaking hands with a fishmonger during his walkabout in the market. ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW
SDP's Chee Soon Juan and his wife Huang Chih-Mei speaking to an elderly resident during his party's walkabout.
SDP's Chee Soon Juan and his wife Huang Chih-Mei speaking to an elderly resident during his party's walkabout. ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW
Dr Chee shaking hands with a resident during his walkabout.
Dr Chee shaking hands with a resident during his walkabout. ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - The candidates vying for the Bukit Batok single seat continued to canvass for residents' support on Sunday, despite no clear sign on when the by-election would be held.

Both the People's Action Party (PAP) and Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), the only two parties that have announced their candidates, held walkabouts at Bukit Batok on Sunday (April 3) morning.

PAP's Murali Pillai, 48, distributed a card with his contact details and message: "I pledge to serve you with all my heart".

He was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu, Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and National Development Desmond Lee, South West District Mayor Low Yen Ling, Jurong GRC MP Rahayu Mahzam and former PAP chairman Lim Boon Heng.

 
 

Mr Tharman, who is the anchor minister at Jurong GRC which shares part of its boundaries with Bukit Batok single-member constituency, was overheard telling residents about Murali: "He does not talk much, but he has a good heart. He will serve you well."

A PAP HQ spokesman confirmed that Mr Murali has held walkabouts with Jurong GRC MPs and the local media was invited to tag along for the first time on Sunday.

SDP's Dr Chee Soon Juan, 53, was accompanied by his wife Huang Chih-Mei, sister Chee Siok Chin and party supporters, and handed out cards and his party newsletter New Democrat.

He was overheard telling residents that the by-election could be held in a few weeks' time and said that he would speak up on issues like cost of living and prices of Housing Board flats.

The vacant seat for Bukit Batok was triggered by the sudden resignation of the constituency's former MP David Ong last month over an alleged extramarital affair with a PAP member in his Bukit Batok branch, who has also resigned from the party.