Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency

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Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency.

Not to be confused with the smaller ward that existed since pre-independence era named as Jalan Besar Single Member Constituency, which is also where the ex-minister Lee Boon Yang made his debut.

Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency (Traditional Chinese: 惹蘭勿剎集選區;Simplified Chinese: 惹兰勿刹集选区) is a now defunct five-member Group Representation Constituency, and therefore an electoral district composed of several city suburbs surrounding the Central Area of Singapore, of which the street Jalan Besar it is named after and forms its centrepiece. The street itself is within the Kallang planning area, Kallang itself being part of the Jalan Basar Group Representation Constituency. The GRC has five divisions, namely Jalan Besar, Kampong Glam, Kolam Ayer, Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng and Whampoa.

Several elective areas such as Little India, colourful Desker Road, Kolam Ayer and Crawford, these of which border the Kallang River is located in the GRC. Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng itself includes the Singapore River and Chinatown whose Member of Parliament is Lily Neo. Whampoa which covers Balestier Road and Whampoa whose MP is Heng Chee How. These areas are relatively older compared to many of the newer suburbs of Singapore.

Jalan Besar GRC has been headed by Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Yaacob Ibrahim since Dr Lee Boon Yang retired from the Cabinet on 1 April 2009.

Jalan Besar GRC is a favourite GRC to be contested by the opposition at every election, with the exception in 1991 GE.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Jalan Besar Geylang West Kolam Ayer Kallang Kampong Glam Kreta Ayer - Kim Seng Whampoa
1984 SMC SMC SMC SMC SMC As Kreta Ayer SMC and Kim Seng SMC separately SMC
1988 Lee Boon Yang Peh Chin Hua Sidek Bin Saniff
1991 Zulkifli bin Mohamed Choo Wee Khiang Kampong Glam GRC Kim Seng SMC was absorbed into Kampong Glam GRC, while Kreta Ayer SMC remains as SMC Dissolved and divided into different wards, including Kallang & possibly Moulmein (Kampong Glam GRC) / Kim Keat (Toa Payoh GRC)
1997 Yaacob Ibrahim Ward dissolved, portion of it was to re-create Whampoa ward, others are likely to be absorbed into Jalan Besar ward SMC Formation of 4 member Kreta Ayer - Tanglin GRC by these 2 wards, along with Tanglin SMC & Cairnhill (from Kampong Glam GRC) merged as a single ward and Moulmein (from Kampong Glam GRC) Choo Wee Khiang
2001 Dissolved and absorbed into Kolam Ayer ward Loh Meng See Lily Neo Heng Chee How
2006 Denise Phua Lay Peng
2011 Along with Moulmein from Tanjong Pagar GRC, new Moulmein-Kallang GRC was formed. Absorbed into Tanjong Pagar GRC SMC

Notes: Choo Wee Khiang resigned his MP position before being charged and convicted on 1999 for cheating offences.[1] Since he was in a GRC team, no by-election was called on the grounds of the workload could be distributed among the remaining team members.


On Singaporean general election, 2011, Jalan Besar GRC ceased to exist and its services transferred to three constituencies:

Candidates and Results[edit]

Election Seats Voters Party Candidate(s) Votes Votes (%)
Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency
Singapore general election, 1988 3 54,941 PAP Lee Boon Yang
Peh Chin Hua
Sidek Bin Saniff
31,604 62.68 (-0.09%)
WP Marsh Edund Richard
Mohamed Bin Idris
Toh Keng Thong
18,814 37.32 (+0.09%)
Singapore general election, 1991 4 82,615 PAP Choo Wee Khiang
Lee Boon Yang
Peh Chin Hua
Zulkifli Mohammed
Walkover Walkover
Singapore general election, 1997 4 71,922 PAP Choo Wee Khiang
Lee Boon Yang
Peh Chin Hua
Yaacob Ibrahim
44,840 67.55
SDP David Chew
Gandhi Ambalam
Jufrie Mahmood
Low Yong Nguan
21,537 32.45
Singapore general election, 2001 5 100,268 PAP Heng Chee How
Lee Boon Yang
Lily Neo
Loh Meng See
Yaacob Ibrahim
68,309 74.49
SDA Fong Chin Leong
Lim Bak Chuan
Mohd Rahizan Bin Ya'acob
Ng Kee How
Sin Kek Tong
23,391 25.51
Singapore general election, 2006 5 92,963 PAP Denise Phua Lay Peng
Heng Chee How
Lee Boon Yang
Lily Neo
Yaacob Ibrahim
58,913 69.26
SDA Cheo Chai Chen
Fong Chin Leong, Reno
Muhamad Ali Aman
Sebastian Teo Kway Hwang
Vincent Yeo Boon Keng
26,151 30.74

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Former MP in trouble with the law again". TODAYonline. Retrieved December 14, 2011.