SINGAPORE - Former Bukit Batok MP David Ong has sent letters to residents of the single-member constituency in which he apologises for his abrupt resignation as their Member of Parliament on March 12.
Screenshots of the letter, which was typed out in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil, were circulating on social media on Wednesday (April 7).
Mr Ong, 54, resigned as MP and from the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) over an alleged extramarital affair with a party grassroots activist. A by-election will be held in the ward.
He confirmed with Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao that he had sent the letters. Residents said they received it on Wednesday.
In the letter, Mr Ong asks residents to accept his "sincerest apology for my resignation as your Member of Parliament".
"I made a serious error of judgment in my personal life, leading to my resignation as MP. I am deeply sorry for having let you down, and for not being able to serve you for the full term that you elected me for," he wrote.
"I had publicly apologised to Bukit Batok residents in my letter of resignation on March 12, and in my subsequent apologies through the media. However, I have also wanted to write this personal letter to each of you."
He thanked residents for their friendship and for giving him the privilege of serving them as their MP over the past six years. He added that he was "grateful to all those who have stood by me during the recent difficulties, especially my wife and family".
His shock resignation over an alleged extramarital affair with Ms Wendy Lim, 41, who had been active in the ward for some time, prompted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to announce that a by-election will be held in due course.
Jurong GRC MP Desmond Lee has taken over Mr Ong's duties in the interim.
The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) was quick to declare its intention to contest in the upcoming by-election, unveiling party chief Chee Soon Juan as its candidate on March 20.
The following day, lawyer Murali Pillai was announced as the PAP's candidate to defend the constituency.