The Straits Times
Published on Dec 21, 2012

PM Lee still mulling over Punggol East by-election


Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong continued to keep his cards close to his chest on whether there will be a by-election in Punggol East.

Speaking to Singapore reporters in New Delhi on Friday, he acknowledged that there were expectations for one to be held in the seat, but said he had not decided whether to hold one and, if so, when it would take place.

He noted that whenever a vacancy came up and there was "no special reason" not to have a by-election, there would be expectations for one. We will consider it, he said.

The Punggol East seat was vacated last week after People's Action Party MP Michael Palmer, who was also Speaker of Parliament, resigned over an extramarital affair.