Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency

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Jalan Besar
Group Representation Constituency
for the Parliament of Singapore
Jalan Besar GRC locator map.svg
RegionCentral Region, Singapore
Electorate107,936
Current constituency
Created1988; 34 years ago (1988)
Seats4
PartyPAP logo variation.svg People's Action Party
Member(s)Josephine Teo
Heng Chee How
Denise Phua
Wan Rizal Wan Zakariah
Town CouncilJalan Besar
Created from
Dissolved2011
Dissolved to
Reformed2015
Reformed from

Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency is a four-member Group Representation Constituency composed of several city suburbs surrounding the Central Area of Singapore. There are four wards in the GRC: Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng, Kolam Ayer, Whampoa and lastly Kampong Glam. The current Members of Parliament are Josephine Teo, Heng Chee How, Denise Phua and Wan Rizal Wan Zakariah from the People's Action Party (PAP).

History[edit]

It is named after Jalan Besar, a street in Singapore that forms this GRC's centrepiece. The street itself is within the Kallang planning area, Kallang itself being part of this GRC. The GRC encompasses several heritage areas, including Little India, Desker Road, Kolam Ayer and Crawford in the North. Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng itself includes the Singapore River, Chinatown and Bukit Ho Swee.

During 1988 general election, the three-member PAP team led by Lee Boon Yang won the election with 62.68% of the votes against the WP with 37.32% of the votes.

Jalan Besar GRC has been contested by the opposition at every election, except 1991.

During 1997 general election, the four-member PAP team led by Lee Boon Yang won the election with 67.55% of the votes against the WP with 32.45% of the votes.

During 2001 general election, the five-member PAP team led by Lee Boon Yang won the election with 74.49% of the votes against the SDA led by Desmond Lim with 25.51% of the votes.

During 2006 general election, the five-member PAP team led by Lee Boon Yang won the election with 69.26% of the votes against the SDA with 30.74% of the votes.

Jalan Besar GRC was dissolved ahead of the 2011 elections and along with Moulmein from Tanjong Pagar GRC to form Moulmein–Kallang Group Representation Constituency while a majority of the Kreta Ayer–Kim Seng and Whampoa were redrawn into Tanjong Pagar GRC and as a SMC, respectively.

However, its GRC were again reformed one parliamentary term later in 2015 Singaporean general election, where changes made from a majority of the GRC were reversed, while the Jalan Besar division was dissolved into other wards.

In 2015 Singaporean general election, the four-member PAP team led by Lily Neo won the election with 67.75% of the votes while WP got 32.25% of the votes.

In 2020 general election, the four-member PAP team led by Josephine Teo won the election with 65.36% of the votes while the Peoples Voice led by Lim Tean obtained 34.64% of the votes.

Town Council[edit]

Jalan Besar GRC is managed by the Jalan Besar Town Council.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Division Members of Parilament Party
1988
  • Geylang West
  • Jalan Besar
  • Kolam Ayer
PAP
1991
  • Geylang West
  • Jalan Besar
  • Kallang
  • Kolam Ayer
1997
  • Geylang West
  • Jalan Besar
  • Kolam Ayer
  • Whampoa
2001
  • Jalan Besar
  • Kampong Glam
  • Kolam Ayer
  • Kreta Ayer - Kim Seng
  • Whampoa
2006
Constituency abolished (2011–2015)
2015
  • Kampong Glam
  • Kolam Ayer
  • Kreta Ayer - Kim Seng
  • Whampoa
PAP
2020

^ Choo resigned before being charged and convicted in 1999 for cheating offences.[1] However, no by-election was called on the ground since it was a Group Representation Constituency, and the workload for the Whampoa ward was distributed among the rest of the team.

Electoral results[edit]

Elections in 1980s[edit]

General Election 1988: Jalan Besar GRC[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
PAP Lee Boon Yang
Peh Chin Hua
Sidek Bin Saniff
31,604 62.68
WP Marsh Edund Richard
Mohamed Bin Idris
Toh Keng Thong
18,814 37.32
Majority 12,790 25.37
Registered electors 54,941
Turnout 50,418 91.77
PAP win (new seat)

Elections in 1990s[edit]

General Election 1991: Jalan Besar GRC[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PAP Lee Boon Yang
Peh Chin Hua
Choo Wee Khiang
Zulkifli Mohammed
Unopposed
Registered electors 82,615
PAP hold
General Election 1997: Jalan Besar GRC[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PAP Lee Boon Yang
Peh Chin Hua
Choo Wee Khiang
Yaacob Ibrahim
44,840 67.55 N/A
SDP Gandhi Ambalam
Jufrie Mahmood
David Chew
Low Yong Nguan
21,537 32.45
Majority 23,303 35.10 N/A
Registered electors 71,922 N/A
Turnout 66,377 92.29 N/A
PAP hold

Elections in 2000s[edit]

General Election 2001: Jalan Besar GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PAP Lee Boon Yang
Lily Neo
Yaacob Ibrahim
Heng Chee How
Loh Meng See
68,309 74.49 Increase6.94
SDA Desmond Lim
Sin Kek Tong
M Rahizan
Reno Fong
Ng Kee How
23,391 25.51 N/A
Majority 44,918 48.98 Increase13.88
Registered electors 100,268 Increase39.41
Turnout 91,700 91.45 Decrease0.84
PAP hold Swing Increase6.94
General Election 2006: Jalan Besar GRC[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PAP Lee Boon Yang
Lily Neo
Yaacob Ibrahim
Heng Chee How
Denise Phua
58,913 69.26 Decrease5.23
SDA Cheo Chai Chen
Sebastian Teo
Reno Fong
Muhammad Ali Aman
Vincent Yeo
26,151 30.74 Increase5.23
Majority 32,762 38.51 Decrease10.47
Registered electors 93,025 Decrease7.22
Turnout 85,064 91.50 Increase0.05
PAP hold Swing Decrease5.23

Elections in 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Jalan Besar GRC[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
PAP Lily Neo
Heng Chee How
Denise Phua
Yaacob Ibrahim
63,644 67.75
WP Frieda Chan
L Somasundaram
Redzwan Hafidz Abdul Razak
Adrian Sim
30,302 32.25
Majority 33,342 35.50
Registered electors 102,540
Rejected ballots 1,550 1.6
Turnout 95,496 93.1
PAP win (new seat)

Elections in 2020s[edit]

General Election 2020: Jalan Besar GRC[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PAP Josephine Teo
Heng Chee How
Denise Phua
Wan Rizal Wan Zakariah
64,631 65.36 Decrease2.37
PV Lim Tean
Leong Sze Hian
Nor Azlan Sulaiman
Michael Fang Amin
34,261 34.64 N/A
Majority 30,370 30.72 Decrease4.78
Registered electors 107,720 Increase5.05
Rejected ballots 2,948 2.9 Increase1.3
Turnout 101,840 94.5 Decrease1.4
PAP hold Swing Decrease2.37

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Choo resigns as MP, then pleads guilty". The Straits Times. 3 June 1999.
  2. ^ "ELD | 1988 Parliamentary General Election Results". www.eld.gov.sg.
  3. ^ "ELD | 1991 Parliamentary General Election Results". www.eld.gov.sg.
  4. ^ "ELD | 1997 Parliamentary General Election Results". www.eld.gov.sg.
  5. ^ "ELD | 2001 Parliamentary General Election Results". www.eld.gov.sg.
  6. ^ "ELD | 2006 Parliamentary General Election Results". www.eld.gov.sg.
  7. ^ "ELD | 2015 Parliamentary General Election Results". www.eld.gov.sg.
  8. ^ "ELD | 2020 Parliamentary General Election Results". www.eld.gov.sg.
  9. ^ "Parliamentary Elections Act – Statement of the Poll after Counting the ballots for Electoral Division of Jalan Besar". Notification No. 1427 of 2020 (PDF). Republic of Singapore Government Gazette. Retrieved 16 July 2020.