David Ong saga: Woman involved in affair quits PAP

David Ong saga: Woman involved in affair quits PAP
MP David Ong (R) resigned over an alleged extramarital affair with Wendy Lim (L)
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SINGAPORE - People's Action Party (PAP) grassroots member, Wendy Lim, has "voluntarily resigned" from the party.

Ms Lim is believed to be involved in the extramarital affair with former Bukit Batok SMC member of Parliament (MP) David Ong who stepped from his position last Saturday (Mar 12).

According to a Channel NewsAsia report, Ms Lim, 41,  is "currently on a leave of absence" from her company, logistics firm Pacific Integrated Logistics, where she is the sales director.

The company had addressed the media yesterday (Mar 14) and said her leave of absence is due to a "private personal matter", said the Channel NewsAsia report.

TODAY Online reported that when they asked the PAP about Ms Lim's status of membership, a spokesman for the PAP responded in e-mail that "as the matter is undergoing investigations, we are unable to provide further details at the moment".

Mr Ong had said, on Saturday, in his letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is also Secretary General of the PAP, that he was resigning for personal reasons and "with a heavy heart". He had also told The Straits Times that there is "personal indiscretion" on his part which he deeply regrets.

Speaker of Parliament, Halimah Yacob acknowledged that she received Mr Ong's resignation from the PAP in Parliament yesterday (Mar 14). A by-election for the SMC will happen "in due course", said Ms Yaacob.

Opposition parties such as the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have expressed their interest in contesting the ward. Independent candidate Samir Salim Neji, who had run during the previous General Elections, has also expressed interest in running again.

Last night, Workers' Party (WP) chairman Sylvia Lim had said that the party will not contest the upcoming by-election for Bukit Batok because "the party has been inactive in Bukit Batok".

spanaech@sph.com.sg

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