Monday, 30 May 2016
Petir meets newly-elected MP Murali Pillai on May 11, days after his victory in the Bukit Batok by-election. He talks about his roots, what drives him and his plans for the constituency.
He is a father of four yet Mr Murali Pillai exudes a boyish charm. He smiles easily and his sincerity is evident. No surprise then that the 48-yearold lawyer was able to connect with the residents of Bukit Batok. Despite talk that it was to be a closely fought by-election, he garnered 61.21 per cent of the votes when results were announced on May 7.
It was a testament to his emphasis on teamwork that he conducted his post-election interview at the party branch in Bukit Batok, flanked not by ministers but by four members of his campaign team, whom he said he was "eternally grateful to" for their time and hard work.
Mr Murali is well aware of the value of hard work and dedication.
Superb teamwork underpinned the victory in Bukit Batok. The activists tell Petir how they pulled it off.
PPF dialogue on healthcare also throws up ideas, ranging from integrating TCM with Western medical practices to taxes on unhealthy food.
Future scenarios on the transport system were sketched out during a dialogue with the Transport Minister.
Petir takes a look at Budget 2016's highlights.
The ministries' office-holders and backbenchers discussed a broad range of issues during the Committee of Supply debate from April 6 to April 14.