PARLIAMENTARY GENERAL ELECTION 1980
Almost half the number of seats were uncontested and PAP was one seat away from forming the government on nomination day. This GE saw the debut of the newly-founded SDP that was to wax and wane in years to come. The school streaming system and former PAP Minister Phey Yew Kok's embezzlement of trade union funds became the main election issues. Phey, who jumped bail and disappeared, had his Boon Teck seat vacated on 2 April 1980. No by-election was called as a GE was impending. The Electoral Boundaries Delineation Committee report, submitted to the government on 2 June 1980, was tabled in Parliament on 25 June and passed on 29 July the same year. Nine wards were carved out and three were dissolved, namely Farrer Park, Geylang East and Upper Serangoon. For the first time, no independent candidates emerged. Election deposit increased for the second consecutive time but less drastically this time. PAP achieved the fourth consecutive and final clean sweep of all Parliament seats and its share of votes was the second-highest after the 1968 GE.
4th Parliament dissolution: 5 December 1980 [Fri]
Election deposit: $1,500 (+$300)