Baey Yam Keng

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Baey Yam Keng
Baey Yam Keng at a cycling event in Singapore - 20120923.jpg
Baey at a cycling event in Singapore, September 2012
Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
Assumed office
1 Oct 2015
Preceded by Low Yen Ling
Member of Parliament
for Tampines GRC (Tampines North)
Assumed office
7 May 2011
Preceded by Ong Kian Min
Majority 57.2%
Member of Parliament
for Tanjong Pagar GRC (Queenstown)
In office
27 April 2006 – 18 April 2011
Preceded by Chay Wai Chuen
Succeeded by Chia Shi Lu
Personal details
Born (1970-08-31) 31 August 1970 (age 47)
Nationality Singaporean
Political party People's Action Party (2006)
Alma mater Imperial College London; University College London

Baey Yam Keng (simplified Chinese: 马炎庆; traditional Chinese: 馬炎慶; pinyin: Mǎ Yán Qìng; born 31 August 1970) is a Singaporean politician and member of the People's Action Party (PAP). He has been a Member of Parliament since 2006, first representing Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency (GRC) and now Tampines GRC. As an MP representing Tampines GRC, he is specifically responsible for Tampines North.


Before entering politics, Baey held executive positions in the Economic Development Board amongst others. He was a managing director at Hill & Knowlton until resigning in 2012 to devote his time to his constituency.[1] In 2014, Baey also had a lead acting role in a stage play by his wife's theatre group, titled Like Me. I Like.[2]

Political career[edit]

In Feb 2007 Baey Yam Keng, was named as one of the members in the 'new media capabilities group', which executes the strategies of counter-insurgency against its online critics. It has 'members going into Internet forums and blogs to rebut anti-establishment views and putting up postings anonymously'.[3]

In Dec 2013, Baey, who is known for sharing snippet of his life on social media,[4] attracted controversy when he mentioned the price he paid for his rice meal and drink in one of his constituency's food stall, which was below the full price for others who tried to ordered the same meal in the same stall. He later approached the stall owner who clarified he had given him undisclosed discount out of goodwill. Baey later publicized that stall will offer a limited period of time (21 to 22 Dec) up to 100 customers per day to enjoy the special offer which the stall owner would donate all proceeds to the Tampines North welfare fund to help needy residents. He also shared how one of his activists gave support by pledging dollar for dollar for the same fund. [5][6]

In June 2014, Baey was reported to called for legal action against those who had vandalised the article about the PAP on Wikipedia, which had been the subject of an edit war between vandals and editors overseas on 12 and 13 June,[7] he later clarified that he did not ‘call on ruling party to consider legal action’ as wiki page edit are not priority for legal action.[8]

Baey Yam Keng was co-opted into the PAP's Central Executive Committee (CEC) in 2015, after initial appointee Mr Zaqy Mohamad informed the CEC he was unable to proceed with his appointment due to regulatory compliance reasons, as his employer was auditing the PAP.[9] He has since left the committee.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Baey and his wife, playwright and director Lim Hai Yen, have three children.[11] He was educated at Catholic High School and Hwa Chong Junior College and graduated from the Imperial College London (BSc) and University College London (MSc) on EDB scholarships.[12]


  1. ^ "Baey Yam Keng quits job to be full-time MP". AsiaOne. 13 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "MP Baey Yam Keng to act in play". TODAYonline. Retrieved 2017-09-06. 
  3. ^ Li Xueying (Feb 3, 2007). "PAP moves to counter criticism of party, Govt in cyberspace". The Straits Times. 
  4. ^ Ong, Yunita (2013-08-14). "MP Baey Yam Keng: I am surprised and flattered by the interest in my "selfies"". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2017-09-06. 
  5. ^ "Baey Yam Keng clears the air over $2.50 nasi padang". 13 December 2012. 
  6. ^ @yamkeng (20 December 2013). "Will be at the nasi padang coffee shop@ Tampines Blk 475 tomorrow 1pm. Join me to support this charity drive" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  7. ^ "MP calls on ruling party to consider legal action". The Straits Times. Singapore. 13 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Advocating legal action over PAP's wiki page edits not a priority: Baey". Today Online. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Baey Yam Keng co-opted into PAP Central Executive Committee". AsiaOne. 2015-01-23. Archived from the original on 2017-09-06. Retrieved 2017-09-06. 
  10. ^ "PAP co-opts four more members into Central ExCo". Retrieved 2017-09-06. 
  11. ^ Tan, Felicia (2014-12-17). "Partners for Life". Her World Brides. Archived from the original on 2017-09-06. Retrieved 2017-09-06. 
  12. ^ "Baey Yam Keng - Up close and Personal". Archived from the original on 8 May 2011. 

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