Ah Mu, fan girls and the 'attractive' candidate: A recap of nomination day
It will be a straight fight between the People's Action Party (PAP) and Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) for the May 7 Bukit Batok by-election.
This was announced today at the Nomination Centre in Keming Primary School.
People's Action Party candidate Murali Pillai, 48, arrived to hand in his nomination papers to much fanfare. Supporters who were at the nomination centre welcomed him with cheers, applause and shouts of "Ah Mu", a nickname he acquired in the estate.
Former MP Lim Boon Heng also showed up to support Mr Murali and said that he has known the lawyer for a long time.
Dr Chee Soon Juan arrived at Keming Primary School with his wife, Madam Huang Chih Mei, at his side and a group of supporters at about 10.30am.
When approached, Madam Huang said that it was school as usual for their three children, who did not even know that today was Nomination Day.
Private-hire car driver Shirwin Eu, 32, arrived at the Nomination Centre alone. Mr Eu, who "did not deny" that he is there for the publicity, did not have a proposer, seconder and at least four assentors to support his nomination.
Former SDP member Kwan Yue Keng, 68, showed up with what he said was "a spare set of forms" and was there "to ensure that there is no walkover in case Dr Chee is disqualified".
The Elections Department said that both Mr Eu and Mr Kwan had left without filing any nomination papers.
Blogger Han Hui Hui was also spotted at the SDP supporters' area, and said that she will "support what's right for the people".