By-election to give residents their own MP before focus back on national issues: PM Lee
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says he has decided to hold a by-election in Punggol East to give the residents their own Member of Parliament (MP), before Singapore focuses back on national issues.
He said Singapore has a busy national agenda this year - the White Paper on Population will soon be debated in Parliament, Budget 2013 is around the corner while the Our Singapore Conversation is translating the views of citizens into programmes to improve their lives.
At the same time, sustaining economic growth and raising workers' incomes is a continuing preoccupation, especially in a weak global economy.
So on Wednesday, Mr Lee advised the President to issue the Writ of Election.
Mr Lee hopes Punggol East residents will vote for the candidate who can best represent them in Parliament, solve their problems and improve their lives.
He said that after Mr Michael Palmer resigned on 12 December 2012 as Speaker of Parliament and MP for Punggol East, his first priority was to look after the residents of the constituency.
Mr Lee said Minister of State and Mayor Teo Ser Luck has been overseeing the constituency, while Mr Zainal Sapari has been chairing the Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council.
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean has also taken a personal interest in the residents' welfare, he said.
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