Chan Chun Sing

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Chan Chun Sing
Chan Chun Sing.jpg
Chan Chun Sing (uploaded 08 Feb 2014)
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 1969 (age 44–45)
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 [1]
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 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),[2][3] 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).[4]

Political career[edit]

Chan was a PAP candidate in the Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency at the 2011 general election.[5] 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.[6] Chan became the representative of the Buona Vista ward in the constituency (replacing Lim Swee Say).[7]

Following the general election, Chan was appointed the Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, and a 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.[8] He was promoted to full Minister in September 2013, 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.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chow, Jermyn (2010-06-24). "Defence Chief is 3-star general". Straits Times. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  2. ^ "5 President's Scholars this year". Straits Times. 1988-08-20. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Cheney, Satish (2010-03-26). "Army welcomes BG Chan Chun Sing as new Chief of Army". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  4. ^ "SAF to get new army chief". Channel NewsAsia. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Yen, Feng (15 April 2011). "Coming GE is critical for renewal: Ng Eng Hen". The Straits Times. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "MM Lee disappointed with no contest in Tg Pagar". Straits Times. 27 April 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Teo, Wan Gek (2 April 2011). "Ex-army chief meets PAP branch leaders". Straits Times. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Singapore reshuffles Cabinet". Channel News Asia. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Change in Chief of Defence Force and Chief of Army". Ministry of Defence (Singapore). 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  10. ^ http://www.pap.org.sg/uploads/ap/8160/documents/chan_chun_sing_cv.pdf

External links[edit]

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