PAP and SDP thank Bukit Batok supporters

Both by-election candidates for Bukit Batok SMC have thanked their supporters this morning.

The new Member of Parliament (MP) for the Bukit Batok single seat Mr Murali Pillai and his party mates from the People's Action Party (PAP) went around the neighbourhood on a lorry waving at residents.

"Together we will build a better home for all of us," said the 48-year-old lawyer, according to Channel NewsAsia's Twitter account.

Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, also joined the PAP team in thanking residents at Blk 154, Bukit Batok, reported The Straits Times in their live blog.

Mr Murali, who was also on the losing PAP team for Aljunied Group Representation Constituency at last year's General Election, will be sworn into Parliament on Monday (May 9), The Straits Times reported.

Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) candidate Dr Chee Soon Juan and his party mates also did their morning rounds thanking their supporters.

He said: "We'll be back," in a tweet on Channel NewsAsia's account.

Mr Murali won 61.2 per cent of the vote, or 14,428 votes, in last night's count of the by-election.

Dr Chee garnered 38.8 per cent of the vote, or 9,142 votes.

There were 622 rejected votes out of the 24,192 cast, which made up 94.03 per cent of the total voter pool comprising 25,727 registered electors.

The result was announced at close to 11.30pm, following nine days of campaigning by Mr Murali and Dr Chee before the Cooling-off Day on May 6.