The Workers’ Party has scored a resounding victory over the ruling People’s Action Party in a closely watched by-election for the Hougang seat in Singapore.

Its candidate, Png Eng Huat, cruised to victory over his PAP opponent with 62.1 per cent of votes, slightly down from the 64.8 per cent the party polled in the general election last year.

The victory was achieved in this opposition stronghold despite mainstream media coverage that Workers’ Party secretary general Low Thia Khiang reportedly described as hinting of “character assassination”.