Tan Chuan-Jin

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Tan Chuan-Jin
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for Marine Parade GRC
Assumed office
7 May 2011
Majority 18,349 (13.3%)
Minister for Manpower [1]
Assumed office
1 May 2014
Acting: 1 August 2012 - 30 April 2014 [2]
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of National Development[3]
In office
1 August 2012 – 31 August 2013
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Minister Khaw Boon Wan
Personal details
Born (1969-01-10) 10 January 1969 (age 46)
Nationality Singaporean
Political party People's Action Party
Alma mater Anglo-Chinese School, London School of Economics,
King's College London,
National University of Singapore
Religion Christianity[4]
Military service
Allegiance Singapore
Service/branch Singapore Army
Years of service 1987–2011
Rank Brigader-General
Commands 7th Singapore Infantry Brigade,
3rd Division,
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Tan.

Tan Chuan-Jin (simplified Chinese: 陈川仁; traditional Chinese: 陳川仁; pinyin: Chén Chuānrén; born 10 January 1969) is a Singaporean politician. A member of the country's governing People's Action Party (PAP), he is currently the Minister for Manpower, and a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency.[5] Before entering politics, he served in the Singapore Army, rising to the rank of Brigadier-General.


Military career[edit]

Tan joined the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in 1987. He went on to hold the positions of Commander of the 7th Singapore Infantry Brigade, Commander of the Army's 3rd Division, Assistant Chief of General Staff (Plans) and Chief of the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), and rose to the rank of Brigadier-General.[6][7]

Following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, Tan served as the commander of the SAF's Humanitarian Assistance Task Force in Meulaboh, Indonesia.[8][9]

In 2009, Tan served as the Chairman of the Executive Committee for Singapore's National Day Parade.

Tan left the SAF on 25 March 2011 in order to stand for Parliament.

Political career[edit]

Tan stood as a PAP candidate in the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency at the 2011 general election. The PAP's team in the constituency defeated the team from the opposition National Solidarity Party, claiming 56.65% of the votes. Tan has since served as the MP responsible for the Kembangan-Chai Chee ward. He is currently serving as the Minister for Manpower for Singapore.


Tan was educated at Anglo-Chinese School and Raffles Junior College. In 1988, he was awarded an SAF Overseas Scholarship to study in the United Kingdom, where he completed a BSc (Econ) degree at the London School of Economics and a Master of Arts degree in Defence Studies at King's College London.[10] In 2008, he completed a Master in Public Management degree at the National University of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Personal life[edit]

Tan is married with two children. He is an avid photographer and enjoys reading, watching movies and football.


Political offices
Preceded by
Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Minister for Manpower

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