Potong Pasir Single Member Constituency

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Potong Pasir
Single Member Constituency
for the Parliament of Singapore
Potong Pasir SMC locator map.svg
Region Northeastern Singapore
Electorate 17,407
Current constituency
Created 1968
Member(s) Sitoh Yih Pin
Town Council Jalan Besar

Potong Pasir Single Member Constituency (Chinese: 波东巴西单选区; Malay: Kawasan Undi Perseorangan Potong Pasir; Tamil: பொத்தோங் பாசிர் தனித்தொகுதி) is a Single Member Constituency (SMC) in the central region of Singapore. Established in 1968, this constituency encompasses the town of Potong Pasir, the part of Toa Payoh encompassed by Lorong 8 Toa Payoh, the Sennet and Tannery private estates, as well as the upcoming Biddadari estate. The People's Action Party (PAP)'s Sitoh Yi Pin has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Potong Pasir SMC since 2011.

History[edit]

The constituency's most famous MP is Mr Chiam See Tong, currently leading the Singapore People's Party. Back when he was with the Singapore Democratic Party, he defeated the People's Action Party's candidate, Mah Bow Tan (who would later become a Cabinet Minister) in the 1984 general election.

Between 2001 and 2011, this seat was one of only two opposition seats in the Parliament of Singapore (the other being Hougang SMC, held by the Workers' Party's Low Thia Khiang). Since Chiam entered Parliament in 1984, this makes him the longest-serving opposition MP in Singapore's history.

The seat was a hotly contested seat in the general elections. In the 2001 general election, Chiam won the seat by 751 votes to Sitoh, clinching 52.4% of the votes. Chiam subsequently improved his winning margin to 55.8% in the 2006 general election.

In 2011, Chiam, as well as Low, experimented with leading a team to contest a nearby GRC (in Chiam's case, the Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC). Unlike Low and his party (who won both the GRC they contested as well as his original seat), Chiam and his party were defeated by the PAP in both constituencies. Not only were Chiam and his team defeated in Bishan-Toa Payoh, they also lost Potong Pasir to the PAP's Sitoh, who defeated Chiam's successor (and wife), Lina Loh Woon Lee on a marginal percentage of 0.72%. After that election, Mrs Lina Chiam became a Non-constituency MP (NCMP), having been the best performing loser at the polls.

In 2015, Sitoh retained his seat, this time with 66.41% of the votes, again defeating Mrs Lina Chiam. This marked the end of Mrs Lina Chiam's term as an NCMP, since she was no longer the best performing loser at that year's polls. This also marked the end of the SPP's prescence in Parliament.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Member of Parliament Party Dates Notes
Sellappa Ramaswamy PAP 1968 – 1972
Baptist Ivan Cuthbert PAP 1972 – 1979
Howe Yoon Chong PAP 1979 – 1984
Chiam See Tong SDP 1984 – 1996
SPP 1996 – 2001
SDA 2001 – 2011
SPP, SDA 2011 – 2011
Sitoh Yih Pin PAP 2011 – Incumbent

Candidates and results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Potong Pasir
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Sitoh Yih Pin 10,581 66.41 +16.05
SPP Loh Woon Lee Lina 5,353 33.59 -16.05
Majority 5,228 32.10 +31.30
Rejected ballots 224 1.39
Turnout 16,158 92.82
Registered electors 17,407
PAP hold Swing +16.05
General Election 2011: Potong Pasir
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Sitoh Yih Pin 7,992 50.4 +6.2
SPP Loh Woon Lee Lina 7,878 49.6 -6.2
Majority 114 0.8 +12.4
Turnout 16,112 93.0 -1.1
PAP gain from SPP Swing +6.2

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2006: Potong Pasir
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SDA Chiam See Tong 8,245 55.8 +3.4
PAP Sitoh Yih Pin 6,527 44.2 -3.4
Majority 1,718 11.6 +6.8
Turnout 14,958 94.1 -4.8
SDA hold Swing +3.4
General Election 2001: Potong Pasir
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SDA Chiam See Tong 8,107 52.4 -2.8
PAP Sitoh Yih Pin 7,356 47.6 +2.8
Majority 751 4.8 -5.6
Turnout 15,463 98.9 +3.8
SDA hold Swing -2.8

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Potong Pasir
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SPP Chiam See Tong 9,709 55.2 -14.4
PAP Andy Gan Lai Chiang 7,895 44.8 +14.4
Majority 1,814 10.30 N/A
Turnout 17,884 95.1
SPP gain from SDP Swing -14.4
General Election 1991: Potong Pasir
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SDP Chiam See Tong 12,582 69.6 +6.5
PAP Andy Gan Lai Chiang 5,486 30.4 -6.5
Majority 7,096 39.2 +13.0
Turnout 18,325 95.1 -0.3
SDP hold Swing +6.5

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1988: Potong Pasir
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SDP Chiam See Tong 11,804 63.1 +2.8
PAP Kenneth Chen Koon Lap 6,893 36.9 -2.8
Majority 4,911 26.2 +5.6
Turnout 18,697 95.4 +0.1
SDP hold Swing +2.8
General Election 1984: Potong Pasir
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SDP Chiam See Tong 10,128 60.3 +19.3
PAP Mah Bow Tan 6,674 39.7 -19.3
Majority 3,454 20.6 +38.6
Turnout 17,078 95.3 +1.1
SDP gain from PAP Swing +19.3
General Election 1980: Potong Pasir
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Howe Yoon Chong 5,509 59.0 -7.9
SDP Chiam See Tong 3,821 41.0 +7.9
Majority 1,688 18.0 -31.6
Turnout 9,486 94.2 +0.6
PAP hold Swing -15.8

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

By Election 1979: Potong Pasir
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Howe Yoon Chong 9,056 66.9 -7.9
Independent Chiam See Tong 4,491 33.1 +33.1
Majority 4,565 33.7 -15.8
Turnout 13,845 94.2 +0.6
PAP hold Swing -7.98
General Election 1976: Potong Pasir
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Ivan Cuthbert Baptist 9,667 74.8 +8.6
WP Quek Doh Lam 3,252 25.2 -3.7
Majority 6,415 49.6 +12.3
Turnout 13,255 93.6 +2.1
PAP hold Swing
General Election 1972: Potong Pasir
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Ivan Cuthbert Baptist 7,772 66.2 +66.2
WP Rajaratnam Murugason 3,391 28.9 +28.9
United National Front Harnek Singh 573 4.9 +4.9
Majority 4,381 37.3
Turnout 11,990 91.5
PAP hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1968: Potong Pasir
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Sellappa Rawasamy Walkover
Majority
Turnout 11,782
PAP win (new seat)

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