Desmond Lim

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Desmond Lim
Born Desmond Lim Bak Chuan
1968 (age 45–46)
Nationality Singaporean
Occupation Politician

Desmond Lim Bak Chuan (born 1968)[1] is a Singaporean politician. He is the current leader of the political party Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA). During the Singaporean by-election, 2013, which he ultimately lost, Lim held the first online rally in Singapore.

Career and personal life[edit]

Lim is a principal engineer at telecommunications organisation M1 Limited and holds a Master's degree in engineering management from the University of Wollongong.[2] As a politician, he has more than twenty years of experience. Lim has proclaimed himself a "dedicated & determined" leader.[3] He was also a former member of the Singapore People's Party.[4] The current leader of the Singapore Democratic Alliance, he contested and lost both the 2001 and 2006 Singaporean general elections.[3] He also contested the Singaporean general election, 2011, and lost,[5] having only garnered 4.5% of the valid votes.[6]

He held Singapore's first online rally during the Singaporean by-election, 2013, on January 21, 2013, during which he spoke about the cost of living and property prices in Singapore.[7] The online rally drew much criticism, most of which concerned his poor command of English. Lim, in contrast, hailed the online rally as a "great achievement" and also replied:

Everyone is not perfect. The most important thing is that we are learning, and I'm learning and there are leaders at the beginning when they come into politics, their English is also not as good as mine, but nevertheless most importantly is never give up and be sincere and have the heart to serve the people.[8]

During the by-election, it was reported that some residents admired his "underdog indefatigability".[9] However, Lim ultimately lost the by-election, finishing fourth and last with 168 votes (0.57%); he therefore set a new record for the lowest percentage garnered in an election since the independence of Singapore in 1965.[10] Lim is married and childless.[2]


  1. ^ "Desmond Lim". Channel News Asia. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "General Election, 2006". AsiaOne. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Loh, Dylan (January 16, 2013). "SDA's Desmond Lim brands himself as dedicated & determined". Channel News Asia. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ Fong, Tanya (March 3, 2011). "SDA Secretary-General Desmond Lim quits SPP, joins SJP". Channel News Asia. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ "SDA to field Desmond Lim as candidate in Punggol by-election". xin msn. January 16, 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ Toh, Yong Chuan (January 19, 2013). "SDA will not hold rally in Punggol East". The Straits Times. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Desmond Lim speaks at the SDA's online rally, Jan 23, 2013 (Part 7)". Today. January 23, 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ "SDA's Desmond Lim not disheartened by negative online rally comments". xin msn. January 23, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ Wong, Tessa (January 23, 2013). "SDA's Desmond Lim: Underdog with derring-do instincts". The Straits Times. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  10. ^ Toh, Yong Chuan; Lim, Joyce (January 27, 2013). "SDA scores worst result in post-independence history". AsiaOne. Retrieved March 23, 2013.