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) Yaacob Ibrahim
Heng Chee How
Denise Phua
Lily Neo
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 composed of several city suburbs surrounding the Central Area of Singapore. 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 has four divisions, namely Kampong Glam, Kolam Ayer, Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng and Whampoa.

This 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.

The present-day Jalan Besar GRC is headed by Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim. Before the 2011 general elections, Dr Lee Boon Yang was the previous anchor minister for the original Jalan Besar GRC. Jalan Besar GRC has been constested by the opposition at every election, with the exception of the 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
Formation
1988 Lee Boon Yang Peh Chin Hua Sidek Bin Saniff
1991 Zulkifli bin Mohamed Choo Wee Khiang Kampong Glam GRC Kim Seng absorbed by Kampong Glam GRC, while Kreta Ayer remained as SMC Dissolved into Kallang & possibly Moulmein (Kampong Glam GRC)
1997 Yaacob Ibrahim Ward dissolved and absorbed into Kolam Ayer, Jalan Besar And Kampong Glam wards SMC Kreta Ayer-Tanglin GRC as Kreta Ayer and Kim Seng Choo Wee Khiang

(r. 1999)

2001 Dissolved and absorbed intoJalan Besar wards Loh Meng See Lily Neo Heng Chee How
2006 Denise Phua Lay Peng
Dissolution
2011 Together with Moulmein from Tanjong Pagar GRC, new Moulmein-Kallang GRC was formed. Tanjong Pagar GRC SMC
Reformation
2015 Dissolved and merged into Kolam Ayer, Kampong Glam and Whampoa ward Dissolved and absorbed into Kolam Ayer Ward Yaacob Ibrahim Ward Dissolved into Kolam Ayer Ward Denise Phua Lay Peng Lily Neo Heng Chee How

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

Dissolution[edit]

This GRC is particularly known for its dissolution in 2011, and its subsequent reformation one parliamentary term later in 2015.

In 2011 Jalan Besar GRC ceased to exist and its services transferred to three constituencies:

Electoral map[edit]

  • Kampong Glam - Kampong Glam, Crawford(part) Beach Road, BrasBasah,Bugis, City Hall, Bencoolen, Kent Road (Blocks 51 to 54),race course/permual road (Blks 681-685,677-678) King George's Avenue,Lavender, Marina Centre (incl. Suntec City and Singapore Flyer), North of Singapore River(Part),Rowell Court, Kelantan Count.
  • Kolam Ayer - ,Geylang Bahru, Bendemeer Road ( kallang river), St George's Road, Sims Place, Sims Drive and Sims Vista,kallang bahru, the river vista@kallang.
  • Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng - Havelock Road, Jalan Bukit Ho Swee, Indus Road, Beo Crescent, Kreta Ayer, Chinatown, People's Park, Maxwell Road, Ministry of National Development (MND) Building, Marina Bay Sands, Hong Lim Complex, Boat Quay, Clarke Quay (south of Singapore river), Marina Bay Downtown, Raffles Place, Marina Barrage, Marina Bay, Gardens by the Bay and Marina South Pier and Singapore River (Part)
  • Whampoa - Jalan Rajah, Jalan Tenteram, Whampoa HDB Estate, Lorong Limau, Towner Road, McNair Road, Bendemeer,Bendemeer Shopping Mall,the city view@Boon keng and Boon Keng.

Candidates and results[edit]

Elections in 1980s[edit]

General Election 1988: Jalan Besar GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Lee Boon Yang
Peh Chin Hua
Sidei Bin Snaiff
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 Lee Boon Yang
Peh Chin Hua
Choo Wee Khiang
Zulkifli Mohammed
Walkover
Turnout 82,615 N/A N/A
PAP hold Swing
General Election 1997: Jalan Besar GRC
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 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 Lee Boon Yang
Yaacob Ibrahim
Heng Chee How
Loh Meng See
Lily Neo
68,309 74.49 +6.94
SDA Desmond Lim
Sin Kek Tong
M Rahizan
Reno Fong
Ng Kee How
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 Lee Boon Yang
Yaacob Ibrahim
Heng Chee How
Lily Neo
Denise Phua
58,913 69.26 -5.23
SDA Cheo Chai Chen
Sebastian Teo
Reno Fong
Muhammad Ali Aman
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 Yaacob Ibrahim
Heng Chee How
Denise Phua
Lily Neo
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]

References[edit]

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