Alex Yam

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Alex Yam Ziming (Chinese: 任梓銘; born June 20, 1981) is a Singaporean politician. A member of the Singapore-based political party People's Action Party (PAP), he serves as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Chua Chu Kang Group Representation Constituency (GRC). He is the Executive Director of the People's Action Party (PAP) Headquarters and also serves as Advisor to the United Workers of Petroleum Industries of the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) in Singapore. A Roman Catholic, Yam is married with a son.

Early life and education[edit]

Yam was born on June 20, 1981 at Mount Alvernia Hospital in Singapore. He attended Maris Stella High School, graduating in 1993, followed by Dunman High School, where he graduated in 1997. He went on to study at Victoria Junior College, before obtaining in 2005 a Bachelor's in Politics and International Relations with honours from the University of Kent. [1]

While at Kent, he was elected to the Union Council representing Ethnic Minorities and International Students. He was concurrently Co-President of the University Chaplaincy.

Career[edit]

In 2000, Yam was awarded the National Volunteers Award by the Life Insurance Association of Singapore (LIA) for his work as Honorary Secretary of HEARTS International. From 2005 to 2006, he worked as an administrative officer at the National University of Singapore. Yam joined the National Trades Union Congress in 2006 and was Head, Strategies & Planning and Head, Youth Lab while also serving with the Singapore Industrial & Services Employees' Union as a Consultant.[1]

From 2006 to 2010, Yam served as Secretary of the Buona Vista Citizen's Consultative Committee and was also Chairman of the Youth Wing. He subsequently served in Yew Tee Citizen's Consultative Committee and the Yew Tee Community Club Management Committee from 2010 to 2011 before standing for elections. Since 2009, he has served as a board member of the Chinese Development Assistance Council as a nominee of the Patron of CDAC.

A member of the PAP since 2002, Yam was sworn in as a Member of Parliament for the Chua Chu Kang Group Representation Constituency on May 7, 2011, following the Singapore general election in 2011.[1] He was previously Secretary of the Young PAP General Branch and executive committee member of the Young PAP EXCO.

Yam was appointed Deputy Executive Director of the PAP in 2012. He became Executive Director upon the retirement of Party veteran Mr Lau Ping Sum Pearce in early 2013. He relinquished his full-time role in the National Trades Union Congress and became Advisor to the United Workers of Petroleum Industries and the Reuters Local Employees Union.

He is the Deputy Chairman of the Defence & Foreign Affairs Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) and sits on the Culture, Community & Youth GPC and the Social & Family Development GPC.[2]

Yam is a member of the Animal Welfare Legislative Review Committee and Chairman of the Multi-Stakeholder Consultative Committee for the Codes of Animal Welfare. [3]

He has served on the National Committee for Youth Guidance & Rehabilitation since 2011. He has been a member of the National Youth Council. He co-chairs the Sports & Arts (SPAR) sub-committee and was involved in the launch of the YEAH! Centre as part of the Youth Employment System (YES).

A PCF graduate himself, Yam was appointed as a member of the Council of Management of the PAP Community Foundation in 2011 and is also a member of its Executive Committee.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Yam is a Cantonese. His paternal grandfather, the late Yam Kok Yuen, was a Cantonese community leader representing Hok San (鹤山) and Siew Heng (肇庆) clansmen and was a founding member of the Malayan Chinese Association in Singapore.

Yam is a Roman Catholic,[1] and is married with a young son. He and his wife are active in their parish and neighbourhood community and also lead a church support group for families who have suffered miscarriages, stillbirths or abortions.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Mr Alex Yam Ziming". Parliament of Singapore. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ People's Action Party "12th Parliament Of Singapore Government Parliamentary Committees", Singapore May 15, 2014.
  3. ^ AsiaOne News "Animal welfare: Extensive measures recommended to protect them", Singapore, March 01, 2013
  4. ^ PAP Community Foundation "PCF Council of Management", Singapore, 2011
  5. ^ "Alex Yam Ziming". People's Action Party. Retrieved October 20, 2013.