PARLIAMENTARY GENERAL ELECTION 1984
In his 1983 National Day Rally speech, Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, a strong believer of eugenics, lamented that declining birth rates and graduate women remaining single or not marrying their intellectual equal could affect Singapore's future talent pool. The PAP government launched the "Graduate Mother Scheme" to offer incentives to graduate women to settle down. This was believed to be a major reason for the single biggest dip in PAP's vote share, which plummetted by more than 10% to below 70%, and its worst result since the 1963 GE. The Electoral Boundaries Delineation Committee report of 21 May 1984 was passed on 29 June 1984, introducing seven new wards. Removed were Bukit Ho Swee, Katong and Havelock, the last of which no by-election was held after the demise of Minister Hon Sui Sen in 1983. This was the debut of PM Lee's son, Lee Hsien Loong, and retirement of PAP veterans Dr Goh Keng Swee and Ong Pang Boon. WP retained its sole Anson seat of leader J. B. Jeyaretnam with an increased majority, while SDP made its first in-road into Parliament with the victory of Chiam See Tong, who would hold his seat for the next 27 years. Barisan sent the same four candidates in the 1980 GE to the same seats. SUF chief Seow Khee Leng was sued by PM Lee over a defamatory statement in a rally speech. On 25 July 1984, the Constitution was amended to provide for Non-Constituency Members of Parliament. If a single party wins all the seats, between three to six NCMP seats, the exact number to be decided by the President of Singapore after a GE, would be offered to defeated opposition candidates with highest percentages but must have obtained at least 15%. One NCMP seat would be subtracted for every one opposition MP elected. Opposition parties dismissed it as a scheme to mislead voters into thinking that they could have opposition MPs without voting for them. WP's M. P. D. Nair was eligible for NCMP but WP declined on his behalf. Parliament tabled a motion to offer it to SUF's Tan Chee Kien, who also turned it down and no further offers were made.
5th Parliament dissolved: 4 December 1984 [Tue]
Election deposit: $1,500