PARLIAMENTARY BY-ELECTION JANUARY 1966
The first Parliament, which replaced the Legislative Assembly, convened on 8 December 1965, four months after Singapore's separation from Malaysia. The main opposition Barisan had denounced the country's independence as "phoney", as it believed the decision to leave Malaysia should have been debated in Parliament. Barisan chairman Lee Siew Choh announced that the party would boycott Parliament and instructed its Members of Parliament not to attend sittings but bring their fight for democracy onto the streets. The move caused Barisan MP and parliamentary opposition leader Lim Huan Boon to resign his seat on 31 December 1965, precipating this very first election in an independent Republic of Singapore. The next day, right on New Year's Day, Lim was expelled by Barisan.
Writ of election: 3 January 1966 [Mon]
Eligible voters: 13,209
Election deposit: $500