New Singapore Member of Parliament is Indian-Origin Murali Pillai [ Current Affairs ]

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An Indian-origin lawyer Murali Pillai from Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) has been chosen member of the parliament. He got elected by collecting 61.21 % of the votes in the by-election seized at suburban Bukit Batok electorate.

  • His challenger Chee Soon Juan from Singapore Democratic Party acquired 38.79 per cent of votes.
  • Mr. Murali became the first PAP candidate to win a by-election in a single member constituency in more than three decades with this victory.

Background

  • In March 2016 the Bukit Batok single chair was emptied when preceding PAP MP David Ong had resigned.
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has leaded PAP and complete majority in the Parliament.
  • Total of 24, 192 votes were cast in the by election counting 622 rejected votes, which made up 94.03 per cent of the 25, 727 registered electors in the by election.

About Murali Pillai

  • Murali Pillai served as a former Singapore police officer before his admission to practice law in 1996.
  • Pillai is presently the head for profitable litigation in Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP in his legal career.
  • He combined the People’s Action Party (PAP) in 2001 in his political career.

- Published on: May 10, 2016