Tampines Single Member Constituency

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Not to be confused with the present ward called Tampines Group Representation Constituency that exists since 1988 which is helm by the ex-Ministry of National Development Mah Bow Tan. This article is describing a pre-independence era ward that existed until 1988.

Tampines Single Member Constituency (Traditional Chinese: 淡濱尼單選區; Simplified Chinese: 淡滨尼单选区) is a former single member constituency in Tampines, Singapore and is one of the oldest wards. It existed from 1959 to 1988.


Early days[edit]

In the 1955 general elections, this ward started as part of Punggol-Tampines SMC which consisted of largely present-day Hougang, Pasir Ris, Punggol, Sengkang, Simei and Tampines. These were considered rural areas of Singapore and had a very low population (there were only 6,628 voters then, of which only 3,886 of them turned out to vote).

Subsequently, in 1959, this ward was split into Punggol SMC and Tampines SMC. The present-day Hougang, Punggol and Sengkang were hived off as Punggol SMC while Tampines SMC took on significant portions of Ulu Bedok SMC to become one of the larger wards in eastern Singapore. Thus, Tampines SMC was made up of present-day Bedok (except Kampong Chai Chee which is part of the Kampong Kembangan SMC), Pasir Ris, Simei, Tampines. It remained thus until 1968 when Bedok was largely transferred to Kampong Chai Chee SMC.

Subsequent days[edit]

From 1968, no significant changes were made to the SMC until 1984 when Simei formed the new Changkat SMC due to the growing population in the fast-development in Tampines New Town. From 1984 to 1988, this ward then only consisted of present-day Tampines and Pasir Ris.


As Tampines New Town continued to grow, it was subsumed into the Tampines Group Representation Constituency in 1988 which was the first election in which the Group Representation Constituency system was used. The fast-growing Tampines had 60,084 voters; and it was necessary to split into three.

Tampines GRC was first made up of Tampines East and Tampines West sections from the SMC and absorbed Changkat which had left the old Tampines SMC to be an SMC on its own in 1984. Tampines North formed part of the new and neighbouring Eunos GRC.

  • Tampines East (Tampines GRC) - Blk 2xx Tampines
  • Tampines West (Tampines GRC) - Blk 140-151, 8xx and 9xx Tampines
  • Tampines North (Eunos GRC) - Blk 4xx Tampines and a baby Pasir Ris

Members of Parliament[edit]

Constituency Abolished (1988 – present)

Candidates and Results[edit]

Elections in 1980s[edit]

General Election 1984: Tampines
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Phua Bah Lee 13,163 72.34 -13.58
United People's Front Kasim bin Ibrahim 5,032 27.66 +13.58
Majority 8,131 44.68 -27.16
Turnout 19,060 97.0 +1.6
PAP hold Swing -13.58
General Election 1980: Tampines
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Phua Bah Lee 15,065 85.92
United People's Front Kasim bin Ibrahim 2,469 14.08
Majority 12,596 71.84
Turnout 18,108 95.4
PAP hold Swing N/A

Elections in 1970s[edit]

General Election 1976: Tampines
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Phua Bah Lee Walkover
Turnout 15,559
PAP hold Swing N/A
General Election 1972: Tampines
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Phua Bah Lee 9,049 64.30
PF Tan Sim Hock 5,025 35.70
Majority 4,024 28.60
Turnout 14,510 94.8
PAP hold Swing N/A

Elections in 1960s[edit]

General Election 1968: Tampines
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Phua Bah Lee Walkover
Turnout 12,703
PAP hold Swing
By Election 1967: Tampines
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Chew Chin Han Walkover
Turnout 16,481
PAP gain from BS Swing
General Election 1963: Tampines
Party Candidate Votes % ±
BS Poh Ber Liak 5,976 48.33 +48.33
PAP Goh Chew Chua 3,601 29.13 -44.14
UPP Liam Tian Seng 2,130 17.23 +17.23
SA Lim Jew Kan 656 5.31 -14.73
Majority 2,375 19.2 -42.47
Turnout 12,486 95.0 +4.9
BS gain from PAP Swing -44.14

Notes: SPA joins UMNO-MCA-MIC alliance to form SA in 1963 GE.[1]

Elections in 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Tampines
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Goh Chew Chua 7,461 73.27
SPA Ong Phi Hok 2,041 20.04
Independent Lim Choo Ten 681 6.69
Majority 5,420 53.3
Turnout 10,334 90.1
PAP win (new seat)

See also[edit]