Stepping down due to 'personal indiscretion', ex-MP David Ong says

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Bukit Batok Member of Parliament David Ong's sudden resignation has left residents looking for answers.
Mr David Ong in 2011. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER FILE

SINGAPORE - Mr David Ong, who resigned as Bukit Batok MP and from the People's Action Party (PAP) on Saturday (March 12), has cited "personal indiscretion" as the reason for stepping down from his position.

"I feel that it's the right thing to do to step down for the best interests of the party, my constituents and family," the second-term MP said.

He also told The Straits Times that he deeply regrets his actions, asking for privacy for him and his family.

"There is personal indiscretion on my part which I deeply regret. I would appreciate if you can give me and my family the privacy to heal and rebuild," he said.

Mr Ong, a 54-year-old businessman, first stood for election in Jurong GRC in 2011.

When Bukit Batok was carved out as a Single Member Constituency in the 2015 election, he won the three-way contest with 73 per cent of the vote.

His opponents were the Singapore Democratic Party's (SDP) Sadasivam Veriyah who got 26.4 per cent and independent Samir Salim Neji who received 0.6 per cent of the vote.

He was appointed the chair of the government parliamentary committee (GPC) for Culture, Community and Youth in November last year. The GPCs are a form of shadow opposition that scrutinise the legislation and programmes of ministries.

He has also been the vice-chairman for the annual River Hongbao celebrations, and a champion for active ageing.

Mr Ong is married with three children.


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