PAP wins Tanjong Pagar GRC

PAP: 77.71% SF: 22.29%

By Lee Wan Sim | September 12, 2015

For nearly 27 years since 1988, voters of Tanjong Pagar GRC have not had the opportunity to vote for their MPs. This 2015 General Election was the GRC’s first election without founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, who had represented Tanjong Pagar since 1955 until he passed away in March this year. Mr Lee’s ward became part of Tanjong Pagar GRC in 1991.

With a percentage of 77.71%, the PAP has won Tanjong Pagar GRC.

Here are Tanjong Pagar GRC’s newly-elected MPs from the PAP.

Name: Chan Chun Sing
Age: 45
Profession: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and NTUC Secretary-General
Terms in Parliament: 1 term

Name: Indranee Rajah
Age: 52
Profession: Senior Minister of State for Law and Education
Terms in Parliament: 2 terms

Name: Chia Shi-Lu
Age: 43
Occupation: Consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Singapore General Hospital
Terms in Parliament: 1 term

Name: Melvin Yong
Age: 43
Occupation: Former Assistant Commissioner of Police
Terms in Parliament: New candidate

Name: Joan Pereira
Age: 47
Occupation: Temasek Cares assistant general manager
Terms in Parliament: New candidate

SingFirst, the new kids on the block, was only formed in May 2014. The candidates were as follows:

Name: Tan Jee Say
Age: 61
Occupation: Ex-presidential candidate in 2011, former civil servant, investment banker and fund manager
Political history

Name: Ang Yong Guan
Age: 60
Occupation: Psychiatrist, community leader and retired army colonel

Name: Melvyn Chiu Weng Hoe
Age: 36
Occupation: Sales executive
Name: Fahmi Rais
Age: 48
Occupation: Trainer, communication and media consultant

Name: Chirag Desai
Age: 38
Occupation: Market risk manager

What does this outcome mean?

This election: 77.71%

This election: 22.29%
Chan Chun Sing has proved his worth as the anchor minister in Tanjong Pagar and can proudly wear his badge as a key member of the new PAP leadership team. Voters of Tanjong Pagar can rest contented with the opportunity to exercise their democratic right to vote after 27 years.

As a new, completely untested political party, SingFirst had nothing to prove and was probably just looking forward to getting their election deposit back. Whether they have made inroads into the Singapore political scene remains to be seen, and they would probably look to improve their results at the next election.

He said, she said

SingFirst candidates cheer

SingFirst, SingFirst, Sing SingFirst!

Tan Jee Say on Lawrence Wong and growing grass

They say succession planning takes 2 to 3 terms so we should have key ministers from the 2006 team, in the current core leadership team. We only have 3 persons left, Chan Chun Sing, Tan Chuan Jin and Lawrence Wong. What have they achieved so far as leaders? Take Lawrence Wong, he was in charge of preparing the National Stadium for the SEA Games. But the natural grass in the Stadium did not grow in time. And because they did not grow in time, they have to replace it with artificial grass. What does it tell you about their competence? So we now know their true qualities. Nothing natural but all artificial!

Tan Jee Say on CPF

They invested your CPF money, achieved average return of 6% a year but give you only 2.5% and keep the excess return of 3.5%. This amounts to as much as $8.75 billion in 2014 alone. This is your money that they have shortchanged you. That’s why more than half of Singaporeans do not have adequate savings for retirement.

Well, there isn’t much to highlight here with regard to what PAP said as it wasn’t a very exciting fight. PAP did not bother fighting them as much as they did WP or SDP, so just sit back, relax and enjoy their party cheer.

About Lee Wan Sim

Wan Sim is studying to be a lawyer but is mindful that she may end up wiping tables instead. Unabashedly uncharismatic, she is too ambitious for her own good and likes to see the best in everything.

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