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GE2015: PAP's Lam Pin Min wins single seat in Sengkang West with 62.1% of votes

[SINGAPORE] PAP incumbent Lam Pin Min beat his opponent from the Workers' Party, Koh Choong Yong, a software engineer in a straight fight for Sengkang West single seat.

This is Dr Lam's second win against Mr Koh in the General Election, scoring 62.1 per cent of the vote this time round, up from 58.1 per cent in 2011.

A total of 28,280 valid votes were cast, of which 17,564 votes went to Dr Lam.

Giving his victory speech, Dr Lam said this result is "a resounding support" from residents" and he thanked residents for giving him the strong mandate.

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Nearly 40 per cent of the 30,119 voters in the single-member constituency who went to the polls on Sept 11 did not vote in the ward in the last round due to a spate of new public housing projects completed since 2011 and a redrawn of electoral boundary. Some 26,882 voted in the last round.

Dr Lam was first elected into parliament in 2006.

One issue that Dr Lam has had to deal with lately was the columbarium saga that generated some unhappiness among new residents.

Last December, news that a commercial columbarium was being planned for a plot of land earmarked for a temple, near BTO homes in Fernvale Lea, stoked protests from residents. The issue has since been resolved. In January, the government rejected plans by funeral services firm Eternal Pure Land to build the commercial columbarium. A second tender was then called.

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