Gan Kim Yong

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Gan.
The Honourable
Gan Kim Yong
Gan Kim Yong at a PCF graduation ceremony - 20081113 (cropped).jpg
Minister for Health
Assumed office
21 May 2011
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by Khaw Boon Wan
Minister for Manpower
In office
1 April 2008 – 21 May 2011
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by Ng Eng Hen
Succeeded by Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Member of Parliament
for Chua Chu Kang GRC
Assumed office
7 May 2011
Preceded by Seat created
Member of Parliament
for Chua Chu Kang SMC
In office
6 May 2006 – 7 May 2011
Preceded by Low Seow Chay
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Member of Parliament
for Holland Bukit Panjang GRC
In office
25 October 2001 – 6 May 2006
Preceded by Seat created
Succeeded by Seat
Personal details
Born (1959-02-09) February 9, 1959 (age 56)
Political party People's Action Party
Alma mater University of Cambridge

Gan Kim Yong (simplified Chinese: 颜金勇; traditional Chinese: 顏金勇; pinyin: Yán Jīnyǒng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Gân Kim-ióng; born 9 February 1959) is a Singaporean politician. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), he has been Minister for Health since May 2011.[1] He previously served as the Minister for Manpower from 2008 to 2011. He has been a Member of Parliament (MP) since 2001.


Gan began his career in the Singapore Civil Service at the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Home Affairs. He left the civil service for the private sector in 1989 and joined NatSteel Ltd. In 1996, he was made the Executive Vice-President of NatSteel and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NatSteel Resorts International and NatSteel Properties. In 2005, he became the President and CEO of NatSteel.

Political career[edit]

Gan was elected a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Holland-Bukit Panjang Group Representation Constituency (Holland-Bukit Panjang GRC) in 2001.

In 2005, Gan was appointed a Minister of State at the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Manpower.

At the 2006 general election, Gan moved to the Chua Chu Kang Single Member Constituency (Chua Chu Kang SMC) and defeated Steve Chia of the Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA), winning 60.37% of the votes.

In 2008, Gan was made the Acting Minister for Manpower. He was made a full member of the Cabinet in 2009.

At the 2011 general election, Gan was part of the 5-candidate PAP team standing in the newly formed Chua Chu Kang Group Representation Constituency (into which his former ward was subsumed). The team won the election in the constituency with 61.20% of the votes. Gan continues to represent the Chua Chu Kang ward in Parliament.

Following the general election, Gan was appointed the Minister for Health.


Gan was educated at Catholic High School and National Junior College, before going on to the University of Cambridge, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Electrical Engineering (1981).[2] In 1985, he obtained his master's degree from Cambridge University.[3]

Religious activities[edit]

Gan currently serves as an elder at the Chen Li Presbyterian Church.[4]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Ng Eng Hen
Minister for Manpower
Succeeded by
Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Preceded by
Khaw Boon Wan
Minister for Health