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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. It is 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.

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

Contents

HistoryEdit

This GRC came into formation in 1991, when it absorbed the Tiong Bahru GRC, Telok Blangah SMC and Tanjong Pagar SMC.

Prior to his passing on 23 March 2015, this GRC had been led by Lee Kuan Yew, MP for the Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru ward. He and his People's Action Party (PAP) team were repeatedly returned to power unopposed in every general election from then till the 2015 elections.

In the 2011 elections, a group of independents led by Ng Teck Siong were disqualified from contesting this GRC as they submitted nomination papers 35 seconds late.[1] This was the last time Tanjong Pagar GRC remained uncontested.

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

Mr Lee retired from the cabinet after the 2011 elections, but continued to serve in the Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru ward. After Mr Lee died, this GRC received its first ever contest from the Singaporeans First, whose candidates included Tan Jee Say and Ang Yong Guan.

Members of ParliamentEdit

Election Radin Mas Tiong Bahru Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru Telok Blangah Buona Vista Leng Kee Queenstown Moulmein-Cairnhill Henderson-Dawson Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng
1988 Tiong Bahru GRC
as Henderson, Radin Mas & Tiong Bahru
SMC
as Tanjong Pagar
SMC SMC SMC Brickworks GRC SMC
as Moulmein
SMC
as Tanglin and Cairnhill
SMC
as Kreta Ayer and Kim Seng
Formation
1991 S Vasoo Koo Tsai Kee Lee Kuan Yew
as Tanjong Pagar
Lim Hng Kiang Kampong Glam GRC
as Moulmein
Cairnhill was absorbed into Kampong Glam GRC, while Tanglin remained as SMC Kim Seng carved into Kampong Glam GRC, while Kreta Ayer remained as Kreta Ayer SMC
1997 West Coast GRC Lim Swee Say Ow Chin Hock Chay Wai Chuen Kreta Ayer-Tanglin GRC
as Moulmein, Tanglin, Kreta Ayer and Kim Seng
2001 Chong Weng Chiew Holland-Bukit Panjang GRC Absorbed into Queenstown Khaw Boon Wan
as Moulmein
Indranee Rajah
as Tanglin-Cairnhill
Jalan Besar GRC
2006 Sam Tan Chin Siong Holland-Bukit Timah GRC Baey Yam Keng Lui Tuck Yew
as Moulmein
2011 SMC Merged with Tanjong Pagar as Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru Lee Kuan Yew

(d. March 2015)

Chan Chun Sing Chia Shi Lu Moulmein-Kallang GRC as Moulmein Lily Neo
2015 Indranee Rajah Melvin Yong Joan Pereira Jalan Besar GRC

Mr Lee Kuan Yew died on 23 March 2015 during his 60th year as MP. His Meet-the-People Sessions (MPS) were conducted by Koo Tsai Kee from 1991 to 2011 and Indranee Rajah since 2011. His seat in parliament has since been filled by Indranee Rajah, whose Tanglin-Cairnhill (now called Henderson-Dawson and Moulmein-Cairnhill) ward was in turn filled by both Joan Pereira and Melvin Yong.

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.