Alex Yam

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Alex Yam Ziming
அலெக்ஸ் யாம் ஸிமிங்
Chairman, Government Parliamentary Committee for National Development
Assumed office
13 November 2015
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by New position
Constituency Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC (Yew Tee) (2015)
Chua Chu Kang GRC (Yew Tee) (2011-2015)
Deputy Chong Kee Hiong
Deputy Chairman, Government Parliamentary Committee for Defense & Foreign Affairs
In office
15 May 2014 – 25 August 2015
Preceded by Ellen Lee Geck Hoon
Succeeded by Amrin Amin
Member of Parliament
for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC (Yew Tee)
Assumed office
11 September 2015
Preceded by Himself (Chua Chu Kang GRC- Yew Tee)
Member of Parliament
for Chua Chu Kang GRC (Yew Tee)
In office
7 May 2011 – 25 August 2015
Preceded by Yeo Cheow Tong (Hong Kah GRC-Yew Tee)
Succeeded by Constituency redrawn
Personal details
Born (1981-06-20) June 20, 1981 (age 35)
Political party People's Action Party (2011)
Spouse(s) Jocelyn Wong
Alma mater University of Kent
Religion Roman Catholic
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yam.

Alex Yam Ziming(simplified Chinese: 任梓铭; traditional Chinese: 任梓銘; pinyin: Rèn Zǐ Míng;Tamil: அலெக்ஸ் யாம் ஸிமிங்; born June 20, 1981) is a Singaporean politician. A member of the Singapore-based political party People's Action Party (PAP) since 2001, he currently serves as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Marsiling-Yew Tee 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.

Early 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 to then Minister for the Environment Lim Swee Say in the Buona Vista Citizen's Consultative Committee and was also Chairman of the Youth Wing, having succeeded Liang Eng Hwa in both roles when Liang entered politics.

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 to succeed former Minister of Transport Yeo Cheow Tong.

Since 2009, he has served as a board member of the Chinese Development Assistance Council as a nominee of the Patron of CDAC. Since October 2015, he has chaired the Outreach Committee of the CDAC, having taken over from Grace Fu who relinquished her role on becoming Minister for Culture, Community & Youth.

Political career[edit]

He was previously Secretary of the Young PAP General Branch and executive committee member of the Young PAP EXCO. Yam was first 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] In the Singapore general election in 2015, his division of Yew Tee was redrawn into the new Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC. He was re-elected as Member of Parliament for the same division on September 11, 2015 with Lawrence Wong, Halimah Yacob and Ong Teng Koon.

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 was the Deputy Chairman of the Defence & Foreign Affairs Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) and sat on the Culture, Community & Youth GPC and the Social & Family Development GPC in the 12th Parliament.[2]

In the 13th Parliament, he was elected chairman of the newly created National Development GPC and concurrently serves in the Culture, Community & Youth GPC.[3]

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. Together with Yeo Guat Kwang he moved a Private Member's Bill to amend the Animal & Birds Act to strengthen animal welfare legislation in 2014.[4]

He has also actively championed anti-human trafficking legislation, supporting Christopher de Souza's Private Member's Bill targeting traffickers and protecting victims.

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 with Tin Pei Ling 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.[5]

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 to Mdm Jocelyn Wong. They have 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.[6]

See also[edit]


Political offices
Preceded by
Ellen Lee Geck Hoon
Deputy Chairman, Defence & Foreign Affairs GPC
Succeeded by
Amrin Amin
Preceded by
Office established
Chairman, National Development GPC
Parliament of Singapore
Preceded by
Yeo Cheow Tong
Member of Parliament
for Chua Chu Kang GRC (Yew Tee)

Succeeded by
Constituency redrawn
New constituency Member of Parliament
for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC (Yew Tee)

  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. ^ People's Action Party "New line-up of Government Parliamentary Committees for 13th Parliament", Singapore Nov 13, 2014.
  4. ^ AsiaOne News "Animal welfare: Extensive measures recommended to protect them", Singapore, March 01, 2013
  5. ^ PAP Community Foundation "PCF Council of Management", Singapore, 2011
  6. ^ "Alex Yam Ziming". People's Action Party. Retrieved October 20, 2013.