Nee Soon Single Member Constituency

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Not to be confused with modern era Nee Soon Central SMC, another defunct ward that located only a portion of Nee Soon area where former opposition MP Cheo Chai Chen made his debut there and won narrowly on his second attempt, or Nee Soon East SMC where the Workers' Party have been contesting twice since 2001 general elections in eastern part of Yishun as well as Nee Soon South SMC where the Singapore Democratic Party had lost narrowly on 1991 general elections where it covers Khatib MRT Station areas along with parts of Yio Chu Kang, only to absorbed into Ang Mo Kio GRC since then until prior to 2011 general elections where the former 3 wards forms the 3 of the 5 sub-divisions on the newly formed Nee Soon GRC (The other 2 wards were craved from the nearby Sembawang GRC.)

Nee Soon Single Member Constituency (Traditional Chinese: 義順單選區; Simplified Chinese: 义顺单选区) is a former Single Member Constituency in the northern area in Singapore that was created in 1959 general elections and ceased to exist prior to 1988 general elections.

Formation and Dissolution[edit]

Yishun is the Mandarin romanization of Nee Soon (Hence both names are interchangeable) is one of the rural area in the northern area in Singapore. In its inception on 1959, there were only 8,694 voters and it includes present day Ang Mo Kio town, as opposed to wards that were nearer to the present day City Business District such as Kreta Ayer that has 14,173 voters but the area was way smaller that this ward shows the population demographic in Singapore at that point of time.

Ang Mo Kio Development[edit]

Ang Mo Kio had started development in 1973. It had took use of the Neighbourhood 1 and 2 that is due for completion in 1976, between then it was formed as Ang Mo Kio constituency in 1976 and split into Cheng San, Yio Chu Kang and Chong Boon constituencies.

Yishun Development[edit]

Since Yishun New Town was only developed from 1979 all the way to 1989, similar to Tampines which explains the ward's boundary have received many changes, this ward was finally dissolved prior to 1988 general elections where most of this ward goes to Nee Soon South SMC as the area is still relatively undeveloped consisting of Khatib and Yio Chu Kang near Yio Chu Kang MRT Station areas and the portion in Yishun central was created as Nee Soon Central SMC where former opposition MP Cheo Chai Chen made his debut there. The remaining portion of this constituency was carved into 2 sub-division constituency of Chong Pang and Nee Soon East ward in Sembawang GRC with the lateral to be carved out of that GRC in 2001 general elections which since then the Workers' Party has been contesting there.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Constituency abolished (1988 – present)

Candidates and results[edit]

Elections in 1980s[edit]

General Election 1984: Nee Soon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PAP Koh Lip Lin 18,444 74.24 N/A
SUF Quek Teow Chuan 6,401 25.76 N/A
Majority 12,043 48.48
Turnout 25,789 95.9
PAP hold Swing
General Election 1980: Nee Soon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PAP Koh Lip Lin Walkover
Majority
Turnout 16,817
PAP hold Swing

Elections in 1970s[edit]

General Election 1976: Nee Soon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PAP Ong Soo Chuan Walkover
Majority
Turnout 16,143
PAP hold Swing
General Election 1972: Nee Soon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PAP Ong Soo Chuan 11,636 73.29 -18.06
United National Front Yap Fatt Shing 4,240 26.71 +26.71
Majority 7,396 46.58 -36.12
Turnout 16,279 95.4 +3.2
PAP hold Swing -18.06

Elections in 1960s[edit]

General Election 1968: Nee Soon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PAP Ong Soo Chuan 10,442 91.35 +56.58
WP Wong Hong Toy 989 8.65 +8.65
Majority 9,453 82.7 +82.7
Turnout 11,841 92.2 -3.9
PAP gain from BS Swing +56.58
General Election 1963: Nee Soon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
BS Chan Sun Wing 4,914 51.33 +51.33
PAP How Kang Yong 3,329 34.77 -38.53
UPP Goh Soo Ming 864 9.02 +9.02
SA Yeo Teo Bok 364 3.80 +3.80
Independent Lim Siak Guan 103 1.08 +1.08
Majority 1,585 16.56 +16.56
Turnout 25,789 96.1 +0.2
BS gain from PAP Swing -38.53

Elections in 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Nee Soon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PAP Sheng Nam Chin 5,622 73.30 N/A
SPA Yap Chin Poh 1,476 19.24 N/A
LSP Yong Nyuk Khoon 572 7.46 N/A
Majority 4,146 54.06
Turnout 7,764 89.3
PAP win (new seat)

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