The Singapore General Election (GE) 2011 came to an end as the ruling party People’s Action Party (PAP) extended their governance of Singapore by claiming 81 out of 87 seats in the parliament.
Opposition veteran Mr Chiam See Tong, aged 76, bows out of the political scene as his party lost by a narrow margin in the contest of Potong Pasir Single Member Constituency (SMC). The smallest SMC in the 2011 GE, created in 1968, was in the hands of the opposition party for 27 years since 1984.
Mr Chiam, the longest serving opposition Member of Parliament (MP) in Singapore, decided to contest in the Bishan-Toa Payoh Group Representation Constituency (GRC) in this election, but his team lost to PAP with 43% votes.
With the change of the political party-in-charge, the welcome signboard featuring Mr Chiam, situated at the entrance to Potong Pasir, may be replaced soon. Potong Pasir SMC is also likely to be dissolved in the next election and incorporated into a GRC.
The residents of Potong Pasir will not forget their popular leader of the past 27 years!
“I am not actually a brave man. But I love Singapore and I love Singaporeans.”
Chiam See Tong, 2011
Published: 09 May 2011
Updated: 03 June 2011