West Coast Group Representation Constituency

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West Coast
Group Representation Constituency
for the Parliament of Singapore
West Coast GRC locator map.svg
Region Southwestern Singapore
Electorate 99,300
Current constituency
Created 1997
Number of members 4
Member(s) S Iswaran
Lim Hng Kiang
Foo Mee Har
Patrick Tay Teck Guan
(2015 - 2020)
Town Council West Coast

West Coast Group Representation Constituency (Chinese: 西海岸集选区; Malay: Kawasan Undi Perwakilan Berkumpulan West Coast; Tamil: வெஸ்ட் கோஸ்ட் குழுத்தொகுதி) is a four-member Group Representation Constituency located in the western area of Singapore. The GRC is divided into four divisions and is a constituency held by the People's Action Party. The four divisions are Ayer Rajah, West Coast, Boon Lay, and Telok Blangah. West Coast GRC covers the areas of Ayer Rajah, Dover, Pasir Panjang, the south-western area, West Coast, Jurong, Jurong Island, Sentosa, Telok Blangah, Tuas and much of Singapore's southern & western territorial waters of the country.

Formed in 1997, West Coast GRC is both led by Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran and Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade) Mr Lim Hng Kiang. From 2011 to 2015, Lawrence Wong was also the semi-anchor minister of West Coast GRC, before moving to Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC.

The constituency was a four-member GRC in 1997 and was expanded to five, when it was expanded to include the areas of the now defunct Boon Lay Single Member Constituency and the Jurong area of Bukit Timah Group Representation Constituency. In 2006, West Coast again absorbed Ayer Rajah Single Member Constituency and merged with Minister of State's S Iswaran's West Coast seat to form the Ayer Rajah-West Coast division. In 2011, Cedric Foo's Pioneer ward was crafted out a single member constituency, while the Jurong Industrial, Jurong Island and Tuas had been absorbed into Ayer Rajah's constituency. In 2015, the GRC was downsized to four members after the Clementi division was transfered to the nearby Jurong GRC.

The constituency faced a contest against the Workers' Party in the 1997 general election. Since then, the constituency has received walkovers in the 2001 and 2006 general elections. A team of Reform Party of Singapore, led by secretary-general Kenneth Jeyaretnam, have challenged the People's Action Party incumbents in this GRC for the first time in the 2011 elections, and again in 2015.

West Coast GRC's capital and town council head office are located at Clementi.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Ayer Rajah Boon Lay Clementi Pioneer Telok Blangah West Coast Pasir Panjang
1991 SMC SMC Brickworks GRC Tanjong Pagar GRC Brickworks GRC
as Brickworks & West Coast
Formation
1997 SMC
SMC Bernard Chen Tien Lap Carved from Jurong from Bukit Timah GRC Lim Hng Kiang S Iswaran Wan Soon Bee
2001 Ho Geok Choo Madeleine Arthur Jen Fong Cedric Foo Absorbed into West Coast, Telok Blangah & Clementi
2006 Merged into West Coast
as Ayer Rajah-West Coast
S Iswaran
as Ayer Rajah-West Coast
2011 Foo Mee Har Lawrence Wong SMC S Iswaran
2015 Patrick Tay Teck Guan Jurong GRC

Areas of responsibility[edit]

  • Boon Lay - Boon Lay (Blks 167-221 and 257-268) and Jurong West (617-638 and 665-682)
  • West Coast - West Coast Drive/Link Private Estate and Clementi (Blks 5xx to 7xx)
  • Ayer Rajah - Teban Gardens, Pandan Gardens, Pandan Reservoir, Tuas, south of Pasir Laba, Raffles Golf Course, Tuas South, Shipyard, Benoi and Gul Circle
  • Telok Blangah - VivoCity, HarbourFront Centre, Resorts World Sentosa, Sentosa, Keppel Club, Tanjong Berlayar, Telok Blangah (Drive/Heights, and St 31,32), Depot Road, HortPark, Southern Ridges, NUS, Dover HDB Estate, Science Park, Kent Ridge Crescent, Rochester Mall and Star Vista

Candidates and Results[edit]

Elections in 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: West Coast GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP S Iswaran
Lim Hng Kiang
Foo Mee Har
Patrick Tay
71,091 78.57 +11.91
Reform Kenneth Jeyaretnam
Andy Zhu
Darran Soh
Noraini Yunus
19,392 21.43 -11.91
Majority 51,699 57.1
Rejected ballots 2,415 1.83
Turnout 92,898 93.6
PAP hold Swing +23.9
General Election 2011: West Coast GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP S Iswaran
Lim Hng Kiang
Arthur Jen Fong
Lawrence Wong
Foo Mee Har
72,563 66.66
Reform Kenneth Jeyaretnam
Andy Zhu
Frankie Low
Kumar Appavoo
Haren Hu
36,443 33.34 N/A
Majority 36,120 33.2
Turnout 111,827 92.4
PAP hold Swing N/A

Elections in 2000s[edit]

General Election 2006: West Coast GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP S Iswaran
Lim Hng Khiang
Cedric Foo
Arthur Fong
Madeline Ho
N/A Walkover
Turnout 137,739 N/A
PAP hold Swing N/A
General Election 2001: West Coast GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP S Iswaran
Lim Hng Khiang
Cedric Foo
Arthur Fong
Madeline Ho
N/A Walkover
Turnout 110,779 N/A
PAP hold Swing N/A

Elections in 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: West Coast GRC
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP S Iswaran
Lim Hng Kiang
Bernard Chen
Wan Soon Bee
48,275 70.14
WP Mike Chan
D'Cruz Anthony
John Gan Eng Guan
Ng Teck Siong
20,550 29.86 N/A
Majority 27,725 40.2
Turnout 70,587 95.4
PAP win (new seat)

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