Charles Chong

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The Honourable
Charles Chong You Fook
Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore
Assumed office
17 October 2011
Serving with Lim Biow Chuan
Preceded by Indranee Rajah
Member of Parliament
for Punggol East SMC
Assumed office
11 September 2015
Preceded by Lee Li Lian
Member of Parliament
for Joo Chiat SMC
In office
7 May 2011 – 25 August 2015
Preceded by Chan Soo Sen
Majority 388 (2.02%)
Member of Parliament
for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC (Punggol Central )
In office
4 November 2001 – 7 May 2011
Preceded by Michael Lim Chun Leng (Cheng San GRC: Punggol Central)
Succeeded by Teo Ser Luck
Majority 61,704 (37.4%)
Member of Parliament
for Pasir Ris GRC (Pasir Ris Elias)
In office
3 January 1997 – 3 November 2001
Preceded by Seat Created
Succeeded by Teo Chee Hean (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC-Pasir Ris West)
Member of Parliament
for Eunos GRC (Pasir Ris)
In office
31 August 1991 – 2 January 1997
Preceded by Teo Choong Tee(Changi SMC)
Succeeded by Teo Chee Hean(Pasir Ris GRC-Pasir Ris Central)
Member of Parliament
for Sembawang GRC (Nee Soon East)
In office
3 September 1988 – 31 August 1991
Preceded by Seat created
Succeeded by Ho Peng Kee
Personal details
Born (1953-06-24) 24 June 1953 (age 63)
Nationality Singaporean
Political party People's Action Party (1988)
Religion Roman Catholic
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Chong.

Charles Chong You Fook (simplified Chinese: 张有福; traditional Chinese: 張有福; pinyin: Zhāng Yǒufú, born 24 June 1953) is a Singaporean politician. A member of the country's governing People's Action Party (PAP), Chong is a Member of Parliament representing Punggol East Single Member Constituency (Punggol East SMC) and a Deputy Speaker of Parliament. He was previously Chairman of the National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC) Council, which governs the NPCC and National Civil Defence Cadet Corps.

Political Career[edit]

Chong represented Sembawang Group Representation Constituency (Sembawang GRC) in Yishun East from 1988 to 1991, and Eunos GRC between 1991 and 1996 in Pasir Ris, Pasir Ris GRC in Elias from 1997 to 2001, Punggol Central from 2001 to 2011, Joo Chiat SMC from 2011 to 2015 and currently in Punggol East SMC

In the 2006 general elections, the PAP contested Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC against the Singapore Democratic Alliance. The PAP won with 68.70% of the votes in this GRC. In the 2001 general elections, the GRC was not contested and resulted in a walkover for Chong and his party in this GRC.

Chong contested the Joo Chiat Single Member Constituency (Joo Chiat SMC) in the 2011 general elections after its incumbent MP, Chan Soo Sen, retired from politics.[1] He won 9,666 or 51.02% of the votes against Yee Jenn Jong from the Workers' Party. Chong was elected Deputy Speaker in the 12th Parliament.

In the Singaporean general election, 2015, the PAP fielded Chong in the opposition-held Punggol East SMC and unseated the incumbent Lee Li Lian of the Workers' Party with 51.76% of the vote.

In Dec 2016, Chong announced he was diagnosed with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis three years ago and had a liver transplant on 1 Dec 2016, which his younger son Glenn, donated part of his liver. He was given 8 weeks Medical Leave and his duty was covered by Teo Chee Hean during his absence. [2]

He is the longest serving current PAP back-bencher in Parliament.

Personal life[edit]

Chong received his primary education in St. Michael's School and secondary education at Saint Joseph's Institution. He studied aircraft engineering at Sydney Technical College.

Chong is married and has two children.


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