Bukit Batok by-election: PAP, SDP to hold first rallies on Friday; no rallies on Saturday

The PAP's Murali Pillai (left) and SDP secretary-general Chee Soon Juan will be running in the by-election.
The PAP's Murali Pillai (left) and SDP secretary-general Chee Soon Juan will be running in the by-election.PHOTOS: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The People's Action Party (PAP) and the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) will both be holding rallies on Friday (April 29) for the Bukit Batok by-election.

PAP's rally will be held at Bukit Gombak Stadium, while the SDP will hold theirs at the field along Bukit Batok Industrial Park A.

The rallies, the first in this by-election, will be held from 7pm to 10pm.

There will no election rallies on Saturday (April 30). The police said it did not receive applications for any election meetings to be held on that day.


Bukit Batok residents go the polls on May 7 in a by-election triggered by the resignation of former Member of Parliament David Ong.

PAP's Mr Murali Pillai and SDP chief Chee Soon Juan will go head-to-head in the by-election.

Mr Murali has promised $1.9 million worth of infrastructure plans to build covered walkways, ramps, a jogging track and a park for a neighbourhood in Bukit Batok West Avenue 4.

At the nomination on Wednesday, the 48-year-old lawyer also promised to put Bukit Batok residents first. 

Dr Chee, 53, has promised to serve as a full-time MP should he be elected. He also said his top priority is to take care of the housing estate and run the town council "in the most productive manner".

At last year's general election, a three-way contest for Bukit Batok ended with Mr Ong winning 73 per cent of the votes, SDP candidate Sadasivam Veriyah 26.4 per cent, and independent candidate Samir Salim Neji, 0.6 per cent.

Dr Chee ran led a team to contest the Holland-Bukit Timah ward, while Mr Murali was part of the team that took on the Workers' Party in Aljunied constituency.