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Updated: 12/13/2012 11:00 | By Channel NewsAsia

A by-election in Punggol East?

HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think a by-election should be called in Punggol East? If it's a yes, who will you be rooting for?

PM to "carefully consider" whether to call by—election

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said he will carefully consider whether to call a by—election in Punggol East and, if so, when.

This follows the resignation of Michael Palmer as MP for the area.

In a statement to the media on Wednesday, Mr Lee also assured Singaporeans that he will make his decision based on what he said, "is best for the constituents of Punggol East and the country."

Mr Lee pointed out that Singapore is currently focused on several national issues.

He cited the ’Our Singapore Conversation’, which he said is making good progress.

Mr Lee added the White Paper on Population will be debated in Parliament in January.

Separately, the government is also preparing for Budget 2013.

Mr Lee said his first priority is to ensure that the residents of Punggol East continue to be well taken care of.

"We have appointed Mr Teo Ser Luck to oversee Punggol East constituency, and Mr Zainal Sapari to chair the Pasir Ris—Punggol Town Council. DPM Teo Chee Hean, who himself is in Pasir Ris—Punggol GRC, will also take a personal interest in the welfare of Punggol East residents," said Mr Lee.

The Constitution does not require the prime minister to call a by—election within any fixed time frame.

The Workers’ Party (WP) and the Singapore People’s Party (SPP) have urged the prime minister to call a by—election as soon as possible.

And speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a Meet—the—People Session on Wednesday, WP chief Low Thia Khiang said he was surprised by Mr Palmer’s resignation, which he said was unexpected.

Mr Low also said it was not fair to draw a comparison between Mr Palmer’s situation and that of former WP MP Yaw Shin Leong, who was sacked by the party due to personal indiscretions.

Mr Low said his party is ready to contest in the event a by—election in the Punggol East ward is held.

"It’s premature at this point to speculate who will be the candidate. Anyway we don’t know whether the prime minister is going to call a by—election at all. We’ll let you know the moment by—election is announced. We’ll decide who to field," he added.

Mr Low also said that in the selection of political candidates, no process was foolproof.

— CNA/ir

HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think a by-election should be called in Punggol East? Why? If it does take place, who will you be rooting for? Sign in with your Windows Live/ Hotmail ID below, and share your thoughts with us now!

Dec 12, 2012 10:32PM

If PAP wants to show that Singapore is really democratic, than there should be a quick by-election!


Unless they are afraid of the opposition...

Dec 12, 2012 11:14PM
I'm one of the residents of Punggol East and had even served one of its RCs but just resigned last month.  If PAP is genuinely thinking the best for its residents in Punggol East, give the residents a chance to decide for themselves as to who they would continue to trust.
Dec 13, 2012 2:03AM
Yes, a by election should be called. Punggol East Residents should be given the choice to elect who they want to represent them.
Dec 13, 2012 1:44AM

There should be a by-election as the next GE is still sometime away. I believe the general  electorate would like to see a by-election to take place, and this is only fair for the Punggol East residence.  Who will we be rooting will largely depend on the incumbent.

What comes out from this episode is that........ no parties can claim moral high ground.

Dec 13, 2012 3:52AM
this is now not just a matter of raising fares to pay the china drivers or the by-election anymore... I am very su****POREANS are now very INTERESTED in all those ACTIVITIES that the PEOPLE ASSOCIATION ENGAGE THEMSELVES IN LIKE THE RETREATS... where did the FUNDS COME FROM? ARE WE PAYING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY ALSO!!!!???
Dec 13, 2012 3:49AM
yes definitely a by election to be called and PM Lee must give the residents a swift and definite decision. Btw I don't believe Mike came out and confessed on his own accord, just my deduction.
Dec 13, 2012 1:17AM

yes definately if a mp cant perform his/her duty as a mp=that incl grc

hopefully the opp can united a field a single candidate against the pap n both candidates should be crediable but  nowsaday is hard even for the pap=gd example yaw sl n palmer both caught their party off guard n pant drop

may the best man win

Dec 13, 2012 9:45AM
A by -election should b call. It is only fair to the ppl. thetre who was betray by the the trust they have 4 the men in white. It should b the decisions of the electoral. The constitutions were amended by them 4 their selffish purposes.. Then again it will b cowardly, not to let the electoral decide.No reasons- why not- unless they r afraid of losing. Time to **** test 4 all they said they have done good 4 Sg.It will only show that :- Abdsolute powers really is corrupting.I prefer to have Muti-parties in Parliament. This will show who's really 4 Sg. No use putting too much propugenda in the medias.
Dec 13, 2012 7:52PM

Needing to focus on other issues is not a good excuse for not calling a by-election. I believe the residents of Punggol East know if the current political party has been doing a good job in their constituiency. Having a by-election would only be a fair and open test.


Be it a won again or lost constituiency, a by-election would nonetheless be a victory for the PAP; in its public image and moral grounds. The PAP should learn to look beyond immediate losses.

Dec 14, 2012 5:11AM
Yes, definitely a by-election is necessary for those affected in Punggol East.  This will allow voters to decide very carefully this time who is the next one that they can believe and trust in.  I think this would be a fair and right move by the PAP.

Dec 13, 2012 1:59AM
We hope to expect and believe our present PM is a sincere and honest PM . For the goodness of the people of Singapore he must call for  a by election . If "not " God Bless Us True Born Singaporean . Question ! Why our Honourable  Michael Palmer resign . Answer :He is too Smart and too hot for our Goverenbehn to handle. I think he is not a Yesman . God Bless You Mike.
Dec 18, 2012 9:37AM
A by-election should be called as soon as possible without further delay. The voters in Punggol East are entitled to have an MP who can have give them full attention instead of having other MP double up in addition to looking after the voters in his constituency. Otherwise it will not be fair to them. I urge the PM to call a by-election ASAP.
Dec 22, 2012 6:27AM

A by election is the best way to let the ruling party's and our dear Mr PM know that the people r fed up with empty promises before general election.

That, they may have overlook their obligation to citizen basic needs.

Not just putting up additional GANTRY.

Dec 27, 2012 8:54PM

I live in Aljunid! Last night i called towncouncil because corridor lights was spoilt,by 1hr it was

repaired!than someone called me to confirm OK!

So i think WP can take Pongoleast or west or joo chiat or tampinese or sengkang or jurong!


Dec 27, 2012 9:37AM
So quick to fire but so slow to replace.  PM has got no good candidate.
Dec 16, 2012 9:22AM
Hi Singapore and Singaporean  merry Christmas 2012 and Happy new year 2013 i wish all Singaporean & Singapore going to up-great and the technical / business /heath science technology.

Dec 13, 2012 9:43PM
Yes and affirm. Rooting for the rooting party member with trust.
Dec 13, 2012 9:08AM
Gd say.......its a PR we call and many knows YYY but we can only nod Yes yes yes!
Dec 14, 2012 9:37PM
All right man

there will be By-election No end
and waste money 

Let somebody oversee
by pap, wp or etc


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