People's Action Party (PAP) member Wendy Lim, who is believed to have been involved in an extramarital affair with former Bukit Batok SMC MP David Ong, has "voluntarily resigned" from the party, a PAP spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday (Mar 15).
Mr Ong had resigned from the party and his position as MP last Saturday, citing "personal indiscretion" on his part. "I feel that it’s the right thing to do to step down for the best interests of the party, my constituents and family," he said then.
Ms Lim, who is the sales director of logistics firm Pacific Integrated Logistics, is currently on a leave of absence. The company addressed the media on Mar 14 and said it was a "private personal matter".
Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob on Monday acknowledged she received Mr Ong's resignation on Mar 12, and confirmed that his seat has been vacated.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had also accepted Mr Ong's resignation from the PAP, and said that a by-election for the SMC will be held "in due course".
Opposition parties such the Singapore Democratic Party and Democratic Progressive Party, as well as independent candidate Samir Salim Neji, have expressed their interest in contesting the ward. The Workers' Party will not contest in the by-election.