Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency

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Not to be confused with the now-defunct Tanjong Pagar Single Member Constituency, where the first Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew made his debut.
Tanjong Pagar
Group Representation Constituency
for the Parliament of Singapore
Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency
RegionCentral Singapore
Electorate130,752
Current constituency
Created1991
Number of members5
Member(s)Indranee Rajah
Chan Chun Sing
Chia Shi-Lu
Joan Pereira
Melvin Yong Yik Chye
Town CouncilTanjong Pagar

Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency (Chinese: 丹戎巴葛集选区; Malay: Kawasan Undi Perwakilan Berkumpulan Tanjong Pagar; Tamil: தஞ்சோங் பகார் குழுத்தொகுதி) is currently a five-member Group Representation Constituency (GRC) in Central and Western Singapore, consisting of the Buona Vista, Queenstown, Moulmein-Cairnhill, Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru and Henderson-Dawson electoral wards. Geographically, this GRC consists of the areas of Tanjong Pagar, Queenstown, Tiong Bahru, Tanglin, Orchard Road, Bukit Merah, Buona Vista and Pek Kio.

Tanjong Pagar GRC is both helmed by Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and second minister of Finance and Education Indranee Rajah, and Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing. This GRC notably contains the electoral division where the late founding Prime Minister and former Senior Minister/Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew had stood since his debut in 1955 until his death on 23 March 2015, after serving for 60 years.

History[edit]

This GRC came into formation in 1991, when it absorbed the Tiong Bahru GRC, Telok Blangah SMC and Tanjong Pagar SMC. Since the formation of the GRC, the ward was notable for its repeated walkovers until the ward faced its inaugural contest on the 2015 elections by Singaporeans First, whose candidates included former SDP members Tan Jee Say and Ang Yong Guan. In the most recent walkover in 2011, Tanjong Pagar GRC became the only constituency to be uncontested following the disqualification of a team of independent candidates (which led by Ng Teck Siong) as they submitted their nomination papers 35 seconds late.[1]

Several current ministers had cut their teeth in Tanjong Pagar before moving on to other constituencies. Among them, the following:

During the time Lee was then-Senior Minister, Koo Tsai Kee substituted Lee for his Meet-the-People Sessions (MPS). After the 2011 elections, Lee retired from the cabinet but remained as MP for Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru until his death on 2015; Indranee Rajah, who substituted Koo for the MPS at the time, became the ward's successor; her ward of Tanglin-Cairnhill was divided into Henderson-Dawson and Moulmein-Cairnhill wards and were helmed by Joan Pereira and Melvin Yong, respectively.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Radin Mas Tiong Bahru Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru Telok Blangah Buona Vista Leng Kee Queenstown Moulmein-Cairnhill Henderson-Dawson Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng
1988 Tiong Bahru GRC
as Henderson, Radin Mas & Tiong Bahru
SMC
as Tanjong Pagar
SMC SMC SMC Brickworks GRC SMC
as Moulmein
SMC
as Tanglin and Cairnhill
SMC
as Kreta Ayer and Kim Seng
Formation
1991 S Vasoo Koo Tsai Kee Lee Kuan Yew
as Tanjong Pagar
Lim Hng Kiang Kampong Glam GRC
as Moulmein
Cairnhill was absorbed into Kampong Glam GRC, while Tanglin remained as SMC Kim Seng carved into Kampong Glam GRC, while Kreta Ayer remained as Kreta Ayer SMC
1997 West Coast GRC Lim Swee Say Ow Chin Hock Chay Wai Chuen Kreta Ayer-Tanglin GRC
as Moulmein, Tanglin, Kreta Ayer and Kim Seng
2001 Chong Weng Chiew Holland-Bukit Panjang GRC Absorbed into Queenstown Khaw Boon Wan
as Moulmein
Indranee Rajah
as Tanglin-Cairnhill
Jalan Besar GRC
2006 Sam Tan Chin Siong Holland-Bukit Timah GRC Baey Yam Keng Lui Tuck Yew
as Moulmein
2011 SMC Merged with Tanjong Pagar as Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru Lee Kuan Yew
(2011-2015)1
Chan Chun Sing Chia Shi Lu Moulmein-Kallang GRC
as Moulmein
Lily Neo
2015 Indranee Rajah Melvin Yong Joan Pereira Jalan Besar GRC

^ Lee passed away on 23 March 2015 due to Pneumonia. No by-elections were called as it was a GRC and Rajah served as a temporary MP for the ward until the general elections in September that year.

Areas of Responsibility[edit]

  • Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru - Tanjong Pagar Road, Tanjong Pagar Plaza, The Pinnacle @ Duxton, Everton Park, Spottiswoode Park Estate, Cantonment Close, Former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, Silat Road, Singapore General Hospital, Jalan Bukit Merah (East of Henderson Road), Kim Tian Road/Place, Jalan Membina, Boon Tiong Road, Tiong Bahru Market, Tiong Bahru Pre-/Post- War Flats (Blks 17-82), Tiong Bahru MRT, Tiong Bahru Plaza, Bukit Pasoh Road, Craig Road
  • Henderson-Dawson - Skyville & Skyterrace @ Dawson, Strathmore Green, Margaret Drive, Dempsey Hill, Tanglin Road, South of Orchard Road, Somerset, River Valley, Henderson Crescent, City Vue @ Henderson, Bukit Merah View, Fort Canning, 38 Oxley Road, Prince Charles Crescent, Mohammed Sultan Road, Robertson Quay, Great World City
  • Moulmein-Cairnhill- Little India (East of Serangoon Road), Cambridge Road, East of Owen Road, Dorset Road, Farrer Park Field, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Newton, Newton Food Centre, Balmoral Road, Barker Road, Cairnhill Road/Circle, Mount Sophia, Dhoby Ghaut, North of Orchard Road, Stevens Road, East of Farrer Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Anthony Road, Goldhill Plaza, United Square, Istana, Keng Lee Road, Malcolm Road, Novena Lodge
  • Buona Vista - Holland Drive/Close/Ave, Holland Village/MRT, Jelita Estate, Portions of Sixth Avenue and Jalan Haji Alias, Victoria Park Road, D'Leedon, Leedon Road, Chip Bee Gardens, Commonwealth Crescent/Close/Lane, Blks 50-54 Commonwealth Drive, Blks 88-92 Tanglin Halt Road, Jalan Lim Tai See, Commonwealth MRT
  • Queenstown - Commonwealth Drive, Mei Ling Street, Stirling Road/View, Mei Chin Road, Queenstown MRT, Margaret Drive, Dundee Road, Forfar Heights, Queens Close, Alexandra Village, Jalan Bukit Merah (ABC Market), Brickworks Estate, Queens Condo, Jalan Rumah Tinggi, Lengkok Bahru, Jalan Tiong/Hoy Fatt Road, Queenstown Stadium/Swimming Complex, Leng Kee Road

Candidates and results[edit]

Elections in 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Tanjong Pagar GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Indranee Rajah
Chan Chun Sing
Chia Shi-Lu
Joan Pereira
Melvin Yong
90,448 77.71 N/A
SingFirst Tan Jee Say
Ang Yong Guan
Chirag Praful Desai
Chiu Weng Hoe Melvyn
Mohamad Fahmi Bin Ahmad Rais
25,943 22.29 N/A
Majority 64,505 55.42 N/A
Rejected ballots 2,405 2.02 N/A
Turnout 118,796 90.86 N/A
Registered electors 130,752
PAP hold Swing N/A
General Election 2011: Tanjong Pagar GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Lee Kuan Yew
Lily Neo
Indranee Rajah
Chan Chun Sing
Chia Shi-Lu
Walkover
Turnout 139,771 N/A N/A
PAP hold Swing N/A

Elections in 2000s[edit]

General Election 2006: Tanjong Pagar GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Lee Kuan Yew
Koo Tsai Kee
Indernee Rajah
Lui Tuck Yew
Baey Yam Keng
Sam Tan
Walkover
Turnout 148,141 N/A N/A
PAP hold Swing N/A
General Election 2001: Tanjong Pagar GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Lee Kuan Yew
Chay Wai Chuen
Koo Tsai Kee
Khaw Boon Wan
Indranee Rajah
Chong Weng Chiew
Walkover
Turnout 141,150 N/A N/A
PAP hold Swing N/A

Elections in 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Tanjong Pagar GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Lee Kuan Yew
Ow Chin Hock
S Vasoo
Chay Wai Chuen
Koo Tsai Kee
Lim Swee Say
Walkover
Turnout 141,520 N/A N/A
PAP hold Swing N/A
General Election 1991: Tanjong Pagar GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Lee Kuan Yew
S Vasoo
Koo Tsai Kee
Lim Hng Kiang
Walkover
Turnout 86,944 N/A N/A
PAP win (new seat)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chua, Lee Hoong (28 April 2011). "Singapore heads to history-making polls on May 7". The Straits Times. Retrieved 9 May 2011.