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GE2015: PAP wins Jurong GRC with 79.28%
[SINGAPORE] The People's Action Party (PAP) has won Jurong GRC with a thumping 79.28 per cent of the votes. The vote for Jurong GRC is the highest.
The incumbents who got 95,080 votes were up against the fledgling Singaporeans First (SingFirst) party who received 24,848 votes. Rejected votes were 2,432.
The PAP team is led by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam and he became, unexpectedly, probably the most admired politician by some members of the opposition in this election.
At a rally, DPM Tharman was called "the most brilliant of our current ministers", by Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) candidate Paul Tambyah.
The other PAP team mates for Jurong GRC are Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee, backbencher and senior vice-president of SBS Transit bus operations Ang Wei Neng, former Deputy Registrar of the Syariah Court Rahayu Mahzam and oncologist Tan Wu Meng.
Mr Tharman in his victory speech said he thanks Jurong residents with "all our hearts" and is humbled by their trust not just in his team but also in Prime Minister Lee and the PAP.
He said there is a lot of work ahead to help every child regardless of background, help every Singaporean to have a good career and help retirees to have a good retirement.
He promised to continue listening to Singaporeans, be open to all ideas and correct mistakes when they occur.
The incumbents were up against the fledgling SingFirst party whose team comprises information technology consultant Wong Chee Wai, retired army colonel Tan Peng Ann, sales director Wong Soon Hong, chemist David Foo and retired police officer Sukdeu Singh. SingFirst is one of the newest political parties, having registered about a year ago.
Jurong GRC lost Bukit Batok ward but gained Clementi from West Coast GRC in the 2015 boundary changes.
The PAP won 66.96 per cent of the vote in the 2011 GE, and saw the second-best performance in a GRC in that election.
Read more about GE2015 here.