David Ong resigns as Bukit Batok MP and quits People's Action Party

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says a by-election will be held in due course.

Member of Singapore parliament representing Bukit Batok, David Ong, has resigned citing personal reasons.

Ong also said in his resignation letter he was quitting the ruling People's Action Party as well.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Desmond Lee, Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and National Development, will represent the people of Bukit Batok until a by-election is held in due course. Desmond Lee is the MP for Jurong GRC.

"On 12 March 2016, I tendered my resignation as a Member of Parliament to the Speaker. I hereby also tender my resignation as a member of the People's Action Party with immediate effect. I am doing so for personal reasons and with a heavy heart," Ong said in a statement.