Desmond Tan (politician)

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Desmond Tan
陈国明
Deputy Secretary-General of the
National Trades Union Congress
Assumed office
30 June 2022
Serving with Heng Chee How
Secretary-GeneralNg Chee Meng
Preceded byChee Hong Tat
Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office
Assumed office
13 June 2022
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Minister of State for Home Affairs
In office
27 July 2020 – 12 June 2022
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterK. Shanmugam
Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment
In office
27 July 2020 – 12 June 2022
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterGrace Fu
Member of Parliament
for Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC
(Pasir Ris Central)
Assumed office
10 July 2020
Preceded byConstituency established
Majority44,466 (28.30%)
Personal details
Born1970 (age 51–52)[1]
Singapore
Political partyPeople's Action Party
Children3
Alma materUniversity of Manchester (BEng)
King's College London (MA)
Nanyang Technological University (MBA)
Military service
Branch/serviceSingapore Army
Years of service1988–2016
RankBrigadier-General
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan

Desmond Tan Kok Ming (Chinese: 陈国明; pinyin: Chén Guómíng; born 1970)[1] is a Singaporean politician and former brigadier-general who has been serving as Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office and Deputy Secretary-General of the National Trade Union Congress since 2022.[2] He previously served as Minister of State for Home Affairs and Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment concurrently between 2020 and 2022. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Pasir Ris Central division of Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC since 2020.

Prior to entering politics, Tan had served 28 years in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and attained the rank Brigadier-General. He also served as the chief executive director of the People's Association between 2017 and 2020.[3] He made his political debut in the 2020 general election when he joined a five-member PAP team contesting in Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC and they won with 64.15% of the vote.

Early life and education[edit]

Tan grew up with his three siblings living in a three-room HDB flat in Bukit Ho Swee where his father worked as a taxi driver while his mother takes up odd jobs.[4]

He attended Queenstown Secondary Technical School and Raffles Junior College before graduating from the University of Manchester with a Bachelor of Engineering degree with honours in aeronautical engineering in 1994 under the Singapore Armed Forces Merit Scholarship. He also completed a master's degree in defence strategic studies at King's College London in 2000 and a Master of Business Administration at Nanyang Technological University.[5]

Career[edit]

Military career[edit]

Tan started his career in the Singapore Armed Forces and spent 28 years in the military before rising to the rank of Brigadier-General. During his service, he held various appointments, including Chief of Staff (General Staff), Director of Joint Operations, Chief Guards Officer, and Director of Public Affairs. He was also the chairman of the executive committee of the Singapore National Day Parade in 2012, and had participated in the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan as the Singapore contingent commander. He received the SAF Overseas Medal (Enhanced) and NATO (ISAF) Medal.[5]

Public service[edit]

After retiring from the Singapore Armed Forces in 2017, Tan joined the People's Association as its Chief Executive Director before stepping down in June 2020 to run for election in the 2020 general election.[6]

Political career[edit]

Tan made his political debut in the 2020 general election when he joined a five-member People's Action Party (PAP) team contesting in Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC. The PAP team won with 64.15% of the vote against the Singapore Democratic Alliance and Peoples Voice, and Tan was elected as the Member of Parliament representing the Pasir Ris Central ward of Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC.

On 27 July 2020, he was appointed Minister of State for Home Affairs and Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment.[1]

On 6 June 2022, a Cabinet reshuffle was announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Tan would relinquish his positions of Minister of State for Home Affairs and Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment and assume the position of Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office.

The move was to allow Tan to take less responsibilities and devote less attention in the government which he would be in part-time basis after joining the labour movement National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) after the departure of its Deputy Secretary-General Chee Hong Tat from NTUC to return to the government on full-time basis. These changes took effect a week later on 13 June 2022.[7][8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Tan is married with three children.[5][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "MP | Parliament of Singapore".
  2. ^ "Changes to Cabinet and Other Appointments (June 2022)". Prime Minister's Office Singapore. 6 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Desmond Tan Kok Ming". LinkedIn. Accessed on 26 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Singapore GE2020: Profiles of PAP's new candidates Archived 2020-07-20 at the Wayback Machine". The Straits Times. June 25, 2020. Accessed on 26 June 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Mr Desmond Tan Kok Ming" (PDF). www.parliament.gov.sg.
  6. ^ "PA chief executive director to step down, leave public service". The Straits Times. June 6, 2020. Accessed on 26 June 2020.
  7. ^ Yeoh, Grace (6 June 2022). "NTUC deputy secretary-general Chee Hong Tat to return to Government full-time, Desmond Tan to join labour movement". CNA. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  8. ^ Lim, Min Zhang (6 June 2022). "Tan Kiat How, Eric Chua and Rahayu Mahzam to be promoted in latest Cabinet changes". The Straits Times. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  9. ^ Baharudin, Haiz (6 June 2022). "Minister of State Desmond Tan to join NTUC following changes to S'pore Cabinet". The Straits Times. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  10. ^ "Mr Desmond Tan Kok Ming Archived 2020-09-21 at the Wayback Machine". People's Action Party. Accessed on 9 July 2020.
Parliament of Singapore
New constituency Member of Parliament for
Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC
(Pasir Ris Central)

2020 – present
Incumbent