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Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency

Not to be confused with the now-defunct Tanjong Pagar Single Member Constituency, where the first Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew made his debut.

Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency (Chinese: 丹戎巴葛集选区; Malay: Kawasan Undi Perwakilan Berkumpulan Tanjong Pagar; Tamil: தஞ்சோங் பகார் குழுத்தொகுதி) is currently a five-member Group Representation Constituency (GRC) in Central and Western Singapore, consisting of the Buona Vista, Queenstown, Moulmein-Cairnhill, Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru and Henderson-Dawson electoral wards. Geographically, this GRC consists of the areas of Tanjong Pagar, Queenstown, Tiong Bahru, Tanglin, Orchard Road, Bukit Merah, Buona Vista and Pek Kio.

Tanjong Pagar
Group Representation Constituency
for the Parliament of Singapore
Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency
Region Central Singapore
Electorate 130,752
Current constituency
Created 1991
Number of members 5
Member(s) Indranee Rajah
Chan Chun Sing
Chia Shi-Lu
Joan Pereira
Melvin Yong Yik Chye
(2015 - 2020)
Town Council Tanjong Pagar

Tanjong Pagar GRC were co-led by Senior Minister of State for Finance and Law Indranee Rajah, and led by Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Labour Chief Chan Chun Sing. This GRC notably contains the electoral division where the late founding Prime Minister and former Senior Minister and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew had stood since his debut in 1955 until his death on 23 March 2015, after serving for 60 years.

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HistoryEdit

This GRC came into formation in 1991, when it absorbed the Tiong Bahru GRC, Telok Blangah SMC and Tanjong Pagar SMC. Since the formation of the GRC, the ward was notable for its repeated walkovers until the ward faced its inaugural contest on the 2015 elections. The last time where the ward was uncontested was in the 2011 elections, where a group of independents led by Ng Teck Siong were disqualified from contesting this GRC after submitting the nomination papers 35 seconds late, resulting in this ward as the sole constituency to be uncontested.[1]

Several current ministers had cut their teeth in Tanjong Pagar before moving on to other constituencies. Among them, the following:

After Lee became Senior Minister in 1991, Koo Tsai Kee substituted Lee for his Meet-the-People Sessions (MPS). After his retirement from the cabinet (but remained as MP for Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru) in 2011, Indranee Rajah took over Koo for the MPS, who also retired prior from the elections.

After Lee's passing on 2015, this GRC faced its first contest from Singaporeans First, whose candidates included former SDP members Tan Jee Say and Ang Yong Guan. Following the election victory, Rajah was succeeded in Lee's ward; her ward of Tanglin-Cairnhill was divided into Henderson-Dawson and Moulmein-Cairnhill wards and were helmed by Joan Pereira and Melvin Yong, respectively.

Members of ParliamentEdit

Candidates and resultsEdit

Elections in 2010sEdit

General Election 2015: Tanjong Pagar GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Indranee Rajah
Chan Chun Sing
Chia Shi-Lu
Joan Pereira
Melvin Yong
90,448 77.71 N/A
SingFirst Tan Jee Say
Ang Yong Guan
Chirag Praful Desai
Chiu Weng Hoe Melvyn
Mohamad Fahmi Bin Ahmad Rais
25,943 22.29 N/A
Majority 64,505 55.42 N/A
Rejected ballots 2,405 2.02 N/A
Turnout 118,796 90.86 N/A
Registered electors 130,752
PAP hold Swing N/A
General Election 2011: Tanjong Pagar GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Lee Kuan Yew
Lily Neo
Indranee Rajah
Chan Chun Sing
Chia Shi-Lu
Walkover
Turnout 139,771 N/A N/A
PAP hold Swing N/A

Elections in 2000sEdit

General Election 2006: Tanjong Pagar GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Lee Kuan Yew
Koo Tsai Kee
Indernee Rajah
Lui Tuck Yew
Baey Yam Keng
Sam Tan
Walkover
Turnout 148,141 N/A N/A
PAP hold Swing N/A
General Election 2001: Tanjong Pagar GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Lee Kuan Yew
Chay Wai Chuen
Koo Tsai Kee
Khaw Boon Wan
Indranee Rajah
Chong Weng Chiew
Walkover
Turnout 141,150 N/A N/A
PAP hold Swing N/A

Elections in 1990sEdit

General Election 1997: Tanjong Pagar GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Lee Kuan Yew
Ow Chin Hock
S Vasoo
Chay Wai Chuen
Koo Tsai Kee
Lim Swee Say
Walkover
Turnout 141,520 N/A N/A
PAP hold Swing N/A
General Election 1991: Tanjong Pagar GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Lee Kuan Yew
S Vasoo
Koo Tsai Kee
Lim Hng Kiang
Walkover
Turnout 86,944 N/A N/A
PAP win (new seat)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Chua, Lee Hoong (28 April 2011). "Singapore heads to history-making polls on May 7". The Straits Times. Retrieved 9 May 2011.