Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency

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Jalan Besar
Group Representation Constituency
for the Parliament of Singapore
Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency
Region Central Singapore
Electorate 102,540
Current constituency
Created 1988
Number of members 4
Member(s) Heng Chee How
Lily Neo
Denise Phua
Yaacob Ibrahim
Town Council Jalan Besar

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 (Chinese: 惹兰勿刹集选区; Malay: Kawasan Undi Perwakilan Berkumpulan Jalan Besar; Tamil: ஜாலான் புசார் குழுத் தொகுதி) is a four-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 four divisions, namely Kampong Glam, Kolam Ayer, Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng and Whampoa.

Several heritage 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, Chinatown and Bukit Ho Swee 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 is headed by Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim. Lee Boon Yang was the previous anchor minister for the original Jalan Besar GRC,

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 remained 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
2015 Dissolved, divided and absorbed into Kolam Ayer, Whampoa and Kampong Glam wards Yaacob Ibrahim Denise Phua Lay Peng Lily Neo Heng Chee How

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:

It was reformed in 2015 to replace Moulmein-Kallang GRC which is only temporary for one term.

Electoral map[edit]

  • Kampong Glam - Kampong Glam, Bugis, Hong Lim Park, City Hall, Kent Road (Blocks 51 to 54), King George's Park, V Hotel Lavender, Marina Centre (incl. Suntec City and Singapore Flyer), Raffles Landing Site, St George's Road, Rowell Court, Kelantan Court and Jalan Besar Stadium
  • Kolam Ayer - Kallang Bahru, Geylang Bahru, Bendemeer Road, Boon Keng, Aperia, The River Vista @ Kallang, Sims Place, Sims Drive and Sims Vista
  • Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng - Havelock Road, Jalan Bukit Ho Swee, Great World City, Outram Secondary School, Manhattan House, Kreta Ayer, Chinatown, Maxwell Road, Ministry of National Development (MND) Building, Marina Bay Sands, Hong Lim, Boat Quay, Clarke Quay (some), Marina Bay Residences, Raffles Place, Marina Barrage, Marina Bay, Gardens by the Bay and Marina South Pier
  • Whampoa - Jalan Rajah (Blocks 101 to 108), Jalan Tenteram, Northlight School and Whampoa HDB Estate

Candidates and results[edit]

Elections in 1980s[edit]

General Election 1988: Jalan Besar GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PAP Lee Boon Yang
Peh Chin Hua
Sidek Bin Saniff
31,604 62.68 N/A
WP Marsh Edund Richard
Mohamed Bin Idris
Toh Keng Thong
18,814 37.32 N/A
Turnout 50,418 91.77 N/A
PAP win (new seat)

Elections in 1990s[edit]

General Election 1991: Jalan Besar GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PAP Choo Wee Khiang
Lee Boon Yang
Peh Chin Hua
Zulkifli Mohammed
Turnout 82,615 N/A N/A
PAP hold Swing
General Election 1997: Jalan Besar GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PAP Choo Wee Khiang
Lee Boon Yang
Peh Chin Hua
Yaacob Ibrahim
44,840 67.55 N/A
SDP David Chew
Gandhi Ambalam
Jufrie Mahmood
Low Yong Nguan
21,537 32.45 N/A
Turnout 71,922 92.29 N/A
PAP hold Swing

Elections in 2000s[edit]

General Election 2001: Jalan Besar GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PAP Heng Chee How
Lee Boon Yang
Lily Neo
Loh Meng See
Yaacob Ibrahim
68,309 74.49 +6.94
SDA Fong Chin Leong
Lim Bak Chuan
Mohd Rahizan Bin Ya'acob
Ng Kee How
Sin Kek Tong
23,391 25.51 -6.94
Turnout 91,700 91.45 -0.84
PAP hold Swing
General Election 2006: Jalan Besar GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PAP Denise Phua Lay Peng
Heng Chee How
Lee Boon Yang
Lily Neo
Yaacob Ibrahim
58,913 69.26 -5.23
SDA Cheo Chai Chen
Fong Chin Leong, Reno
Muhamad Ali Aman
Sebastian Teo Kway Hwang
Vincent Yeo Boon Keng
26,151 30.74 +5.23
Turnout 85,064 91.50 +0.05
PAP hold Swing

Elections in 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Jalan Besar GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PAP Heng Chee How
Lily Neo
Denise Phua
Yaacob Ibrahim
63,561 67.73 N/A
WP Chan Sio Phing Frieda
L Somasundaram
Redzwan Hafidz Abdul Razak
Adrian Sim Tian Hock
30,283 32.27 N/A
Majority 33,278 35.46
Rejected ballots 1,549 1.62
Turnout 95,393 93.03 N/A
PAP win (new seat)

See also[edit]


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