Ulu Bedok Single Member Constituency

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Not to be confused with another defunct ward, Bedok Single Member Constituency that was formed since 1968 general election that covers a portion of Bedok South until 1988 general election as well as Bedok Group Representation Constituency which absorbed the former ward since 1988 general election until prior to 1997 general election when that particular GRC was dissolved.

Ulu Bedok Single Member Constituency (Traditional Chinese: 烏魯勿洛單選區; Simplified Chinese: 乌鲁勿洛单选区) is a former short-lived single member constituency in Bedok and Geylang, Singapore that existed only from 1955 to 1959.

Formation and dissolution[edit]

In the early days from the 1955, this ward was formed by present-day Bedok, Kembangan and Geylang Serai. The word ulu in Malay means remote, which was very true at that time, the eastern region of Singapore such as Bedok are hilly terrain (Where the hills are later used for reclamation that creates Marine Parade town in the 1970s.) while Hougang, Punggol, Tampines and Pasir Ris were also undeveloped at that time.

Subsequently, in 1959, this ward had split Bedok, Geylang and Kembangan portion. For that, it means the present day equivalent of Geylang Serai was formed as Geylang Serai ward and Kampong Chai Chee along with Kembangan were formed as Kampong Kembangan SMC. The rest of the large ulu Bedok portion was merged into Tampines ward instead and this ward was dissolved since then.

Since then, the Bedok town had started to develop in the 1970s and by 2009, it became the most densely populated town in Singapore.[1] This meant it had even split into more constituencies to match the needs of the residents there.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Constituency Abolished (1959 – present)

Candidates and Results[edit]

Elections in 1950s[edit]

General Election 1955: Ulu Bedok
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UMNO Abdul Hamid bin Haji Jumat 5,721 61.04
DP Toh Seng Sit 2,999 32.00
PP A. Hamid Rahmat 652 6.96
Majority 2,722 29.04
Turnout 9,464 56.0
UMNO win (new seat)

Note: UMNO, MCA and MIC together with Singapore People's Alliance was informally formed as an alliance in 1961, where it still within this term of election which was the reason for the elections department of Singapore to view Mohammed Ali as a candidate for Singapore Alliance.

See also[edit]