Surgeon may be PAP choice for Punggol East seat: reports

Dr Koh Poh Koon sparked buzz after showing up at a meeting with residents in Punggol East. (Screengrab of YouTube video)

A 40-year-old surgeon may be Singapore's ruling party's choice as a candidate in Punggol East if a by-election is called there, according to local media reports.

Dr Koh Poh Koon, a colorectal surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, accompanied Member of Parliament
Teo Ser Luck at the single member constituency's first Meet-the-People Session Tuesday night.

Teo, MP for nearby Pasir Ris-Punggol group representation constituency, called Koh a "keen volunteer" and friend "observing and sitting down with other volunteers to understand the (residents') needs", reported Today.

Teo was also assisted by Koh to give food rations to the poor.

The doctor's appearance at the MPS has fueled speculation that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong may call a by-election in Punggol East after the MP there and Speaker of Parliament Michael Palmer resigned in disgrace after admitting to an extra-marital affair.

Lee has said he would carefully consider whether and when to call for a by-election in the ward.

The Workers' Party and the Singapore Democratic Party have indicated they plan to field their own candidates if a by-election is indeed called.

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