Bukit Gombak

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Bukit Gombak
Name transcription(s)
 • Chinese 武吉甘柏
 • Pinyin Wǔjígānbó
 • Malay Bukit Gombak
 • Tamil புக்கிட் கொம்பாக்
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Country Singapore

Bukit Gombak is a sub-zone of Bukit Batok. It is a hilly neighbourhood in the west-central area of the Southeast Asian city-state of Singapore. In the Malay language, bukit means hill and gombak a bunch or collection of something. The neighbourhood consists of two hills. One of them stands at 133m while the other stands at 113m. They are Singapore's second and third highest natural point after Bukit Timah Hill.

Gombak is bounded by Bukit Batok Road, West Avenue 5, the North side of Bukit Gombak Sports Complex, West and North side of Town Park, the North-West and North side of the landed housing estate along Hillview Avenue, Upper Bukit Timah Road and Choa Chu Kang Road.[1] It is generally regarded as the area around the elevated Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train station of the same name (NS3), including the hills to the east of the station and HDB apartment blocks along Bukit Batok West Avenue 5 and East Avenue 5. The SMRT feeder bus service 945 from the Bukit Batok bus interchange plies the general area.

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Places[edit]

Aerial view of the town of Bukit Gombak.
Little Guilin, a popular park amongst residents.

Politics[edit]

Bukit Gombak was a single-member constituency in the Singapore general elections in 1988, 1991 and 1997. In 1988, the ruling party People's Action Party candidate Dr. Seet Ai Mee defeated the Singapore Democratic Party candidate Ling How Doong by winning 53.5% of the vote. In 1991, Bukit Gombak became one of only four constituencies held by the opposition when Ling won 51.4% of the votes to Seet's 48.6%. In 1997 Ling lost his seat to the PAP's Ang Mong Seng by over 30% of the vote and Bukit Gombak returned to PAP control.[2]

In the redrawing of electoral boundaries in 2001, shortly before general elections were held, the area was subsumed under the five-member Hong Kah Group Representation Constituency. The PAP slate comprising Yeo Cheow Tong, John Chen Seow Phun, Ahmad Khalis bin Abdul Ghani, Ang Mong Seng and Amy Khor Lean Suan defeated the Singapore Democratic Party with 79.7% of the vote. The PAP won the GRC in a walkover in the 2006 general election with Alvin Yeo and Zaqy Mohamad as new candidates replacing John Chen and Ahmad Khalis. Ang Mong Seng remained as representative for Bukit Gombak.

Following Hong Kah GRC's dissolution and the 2011 general elections, Bukit Gombak became part of Chua Chu Kang Group Representation Constituency contested by the PAP slate comprising Gan Kim Yong (former member for Chua Chu Kang Single Member Constituency), Alvin Yeo, Zaqy Mohamad and new candidates Low Yen Ling and Alex Yam Ziming. They defeated a team from the National Solidarity Party led by Tony Tan Lay Thiam and Hazel Poa by 61.2% to 38.8%.[3][4]

Low Yen Ling represents the Bukit Gombak division within the GRC following Ang Mong Seng's retirement in 2011. This division includes Housing and Development Board apartment blocks near the Bukit Gombak MRT Station as well as the private estates and condominiums off Hillview Avenue.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Parliamentary General Election 1997 - Bukit Gombak". Singapore Elections. 
  3. ^ "2011 Parliamentary Election Results". Singapore Elections Department. 
  4. ^ "Two new PAP faces likely at Chua Chu Kang GRC". Straits Times. 2 Apr 2011. Retrieved 12 Feb 2012. 

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