MP Denise Phua wishes to continue serving residents in her constituency

Denise Phua is MP for Kampong Glam ward, which will once again become part of Jalan Besar GRC.
Denise Phua is MP for Kampong Glam ward, which will once again become part of Jalan Besar GRC. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE- A day after new electoral boundaries were announced, Member of Parliament (MP) Denise Phua from soon-to-be-defunct GRC Moulmein-Kallang wrote on her Facebook page that she would like to continue serving residents from her current constituency.

"I would like to continue to serve my current residents, having built a deep relationship with many of them over the last 10 years. But whether we are fielded or not or where we go - is still up to PM(Prime Minister). Can't take things for granted. Regardless, thanks so much everyone for the good and meaningful run in my last decade," she wrote on Saturday.

She is MP for Kampong Glam ward, which will once again become part of Jalan Besar GRC under electoral boundary changes announced on Friday.

Jalan Besar GRC was unexpectedly wiped off the electoral map in the 2011 general election. It is being resurrected under new boundary changes recommended by the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee for the coming election.

"The newly emerging Jalan Besar GRC is actually my old GRC where I started serving as MP . The profile of residents in the new JB GRC wards appear to be more similar than Moulmein-Kallang and there can be more synergy when serving them."

She also shared photos - a note and a T-shirt - from the old days.

In the country's first general election in 1959, the single-seat Jalan Besar saw a fierce four-cornered fight that ended in victory for the People's Action Party (PAP).

It was reconstituted as a GRC in 1988, and has been keenly contested by opposition parties at every election save one.

Jalan Besar GRC's sudden dissolution in 2011 saw the birth of the five-man Moulmein-Kallang GRC, which will now vanish after just one election.

Moulmein-Kallang saw a fierce fight between the People's Action Party and the Workers' Party in that election, with the PAP polling 58 per cent of the vote and winning.

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