Chan Chun Sing

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Chan Chun Sing
Chan Chun Sing
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for Tanjong Pagar GRC
Incumbent
Assumed office
21 May 2011
Minister, Ministry of Social and Family Development
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 September 2013

Acting: 1 November 2012 - 31 August 2013

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by none
Second Minister, Ministry of Defence
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 September 2013
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by none
Acting Minister, Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports
In office
21 May 2011 – 31 October 2012
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by Vivian Balakrishnan
Succeeded by none
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence
In office
1 August 2012 – 31 August 2013
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Minister Ng Eng Hen
Preceded by Lawrence Wong
Succeeded by Maliki Osman
Minister of State, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts
In office
21 May 2011 – 31 July 2012
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Minister Yaacob Ibrahim
Succeeded by Lawrence Wong
Personal details
Born (-01-10)January 10,
Singapore
Nationality Singaporean
Political party People's Action Party
Alma mater Cambridge University,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Military service
Service/branch Singapore Army
Years of service 1987–2011
Rank Major-General
Commands 2nd Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment,
10th Singapore Infantry Brigade,
9th Division,
Chief Infantry Officer,
Chief of Staff - Joint Staff,
Chief of Army
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Chan.

Chan Chun Sing (simplified Chinese: 陈振声; traditional Chinese: 陳振聲; pinyin: Chén Zhènshēng; Jyutping: Can4 Zan3-sing1, born 9 October 1969) is a Singaporean politician. A member of the country's governing People's Action Party (PAP), he is currently the Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Defence. He has been a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency since the 2011 general election. Prior to entering politics, he served in the Singapore Armed Forces, where he rose to the rank of Major-General and served as Singapore's Chief of Army from 2010 to 2011.

Career[edit]

Military career[edit]

Chan served in the Singapore Army from 1987 to 2011. His appointments included Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment (1998-2000), Army Attaché in Jakarta (2001–03), Commander of the 10th Singapore Infantry Brigade (2003–04), Head of the Joint Plans and Transformation Department (2005–07), Commander of the 9th Division / Chief Infantry Officer (2007–09),[1] and Chief of Staff - Joint Staff (2009–10).

Chan was appointed the Chief of Army on 26 March 2010 (replacing Major-General Neo Kian Hong). He left the Singapore Armed Forces on 25 March 2011 in order to stand for Parliament (and was replaced as Chief of Army by Brigadier-General Ravinder Singh).[2]

Political career[edit]

Chan was a PAP candidate in the Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency at the 2011 general election.[3] The PAP's team in the constituency was led by former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, and was declared elected on Nomination Day (27 April 2011) in a walkover.[4] Chan became the representative of the Buona Vista ward in the constituency (replacing Lim Swee Say).[5]

Following the general election, Chan was appointed the Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, and the Minister of State at the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts. At the age of 42 then, Chan was one of the youngest ministers to be appointed to the Singapore Cabinet.

On 31 July 2012, Chan relinquished his appointment in MICA and was appointed as Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF). Following a restructuring of government ministries in November 2012, he began heading the newly created Ministry of Social and Family Development as Acting Minister.[6] He was promoted to full Minister in September 2013,[7] and concurrently serves as Second Minister for Defence.

Education[edit]

Chan was educated at Raffles Institution (1982–85) and Raffles Junior College (1986–87).

In 1988, Chan was awarded a President's Scholarship and Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship to study in the University of Cambridge, where he completed a degree in economics at Christ's College.

In 2005, Chan completed the Sloan Fellows programme at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under a Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship.[8]

Key Initiatives and Policies[edit]

Chan has announced three key priorities for his Ministry in the Committee of Supply debate 2014.[9] [10] These priorities are: (i) to maintain the currency and adequacy of Singapore's social support policies, (ii) to deliver integrated social services and (iii) to develop manpower for the social service sector.

2014[edit]

  • Marriage Preparation Programme for Singapore-foreigner couples will be offered at Singapore's Registry of Marriages.
  • Marriage Support Programme for couples to manage cross-cultural differences as they settle down. [11]
  • More career developmental pathways for early childhood professionals. This includes internships for trainee teachers, upgrading diplomas for in-service professionals, and the Early Childhood Development Agency's (ECDA) Fellow scheme for leaders of the early childhood sector. [12]
  • Enhancements to be made to the Kindergarten Fee Assistance Scheme (KiFAS), making it more affordable for low and middle income families. KiFAS is expected to benefit about 17,000 Singaporean children each year. [13]
  • Outlined key areas of focus for the social service sector at the Social Service Partners Conference 2014. These include supporting vulnerable elderly and transnational families, building deep professional capabilities in the social service sector, and having an integrated service delivery to help those in need. [14]
  • Under the call for proposals for new preschool Anchor Operators (AOPs), three new centres were appointed as AOPs. The AOP scheme was introduced in 2009 to provide funding support for eligible operators to provide quality and affordable early childhood care and education services for the market. [15]
  • Launched a transport concession scheme for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), benefitting about 50,000 PWDs. [16]

2013[edit]

  • Launched the first of 23 Social Service Offices to bring social assistance touch points closer to the populace. [17]
  • Revised the tender evaluation process for commercial childcare centres. The joint effort by ECDA and HDB will keep rental costs in HDB estates manageable, and in turn keep childcare programmes affordable. [18]
  • More infrastructure support to benefit non-Anchor Operators (AOP) setting up preschools in high demand areas and workplaces. Non-AOPs who provide quality and affordable programmes can tap on a Teaching & Learning Resources Grant of up to $4,000 per year for materials and equipment. [19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "5 President's Scholars this year". Straits Times. 20 Aug 1988. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "New chief for Singapore Army". AsiaOne. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Yen, Feng (15 April 2011). "Coming GE is critical for renewal: Ng Eng Hen". The Straits Times. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "MM Lee disappointed with no contest in Tg Pagar". Straits Times. 27 April 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ex-Army Chief to contest in Buona Vista". AsiaOne. 16 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "MCYS, MICA to be restructured". AsiaOne. 31 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Chan Chun Sing becomes full minister in Cabinet promotion". AsiaOne. 28 Aug 2013. 
  8. ^ "Change in Chief of Defence Force and Chief of Army". Ministry of Defence (Singapore). 15 January 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  9. ^ "Opening Speech at Committee of Supply debate 2014". Ministry of Social and Family Development. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Closing Speech at Committee of Supply debate 2014". Ministry of Social and Family Development. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "New measures to help prospective Singaporean-Foreigner couples better plan for their future". Ministry of Social and Family Development. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "New initiatives to develop and recognise early childhood professionals". Ministry of Social and Family Development. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "New initiatives to develop and recognise early childhood professionals". Ministry of Social and Family Development. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "New initiatives to develop and recognise early childhood professionals". Ministry of Social and Family Development. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "Government Selects Three New Pre-School Anchor Operators". Ministry of Social and Family Development. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "New Concession Schemes for Workfare Beneficiaries and Persons with Disabilities from 6 July 2014". Ministry of Social and Family Development. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "Launch of Social Service Office". Ministry of Social and Family Development. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  18. ^ "Revised Tender Evaluation Process for Commercial Child Care Centres in HDB Premises". Ministry of Social and Family Development. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "More support for Non-Anchor Operators". Ministry of Social and Family Development. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Major-General Neo Kian Hong
Chief of the Singapore Army
26 March 2010 – 25 March 2011
Succeeded by
Brigadier-General Ravinder Singh
Political offices
Preceded by
Vivian Balakrishnan
Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports (acting)
21 May 2011 - 31 October 2012
Succeeded by
Position abolished (re-designated as Minister for Social and Family Development
Preceded by
Position created (formation of Ministry of Social and Family Development
Minister for Social and Family Development
1 November 2012 -
Incumbent
Parliament of Singapore
Preceded by
Baey Yam Keng, Indranee Thurai Rajah, Koo Tsai Kee, Lee Kuan Yew, Lui Tuck Yew, Tan Chin Siong
Member of Parliament
for Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency

21 May 2011–
Served alongside: Lee Kuan Yew, Lily Neo, Chia Shi-Lu, Indranee Thurai Rajah
Incumbent