Gan Kim Yong

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Gan Kim Yong
颜金勇
Gan Kim Yong at a PCF graduation ceremony - 20081113 (cropped).jpg
Minister for Health
Assumed office
21 May 2011
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Preceded byKhaw Boon Wan
Minister for Manpower
In office
1 April 2008 – 21 May 2011
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Preceded byNg Eng Hen
Succeeded byTharman Shanmugaratnam
Chairman of the People's Action Party
Assumed office
23 November 2018
DeputyMasagos Zulkifli
Preceded byKhaw Boon Wan
Member of Parliament
for Chua Chu Kang GRC
Assumed office
7 May 2011
Preceded bySeat created
Member of Parliament
for Chua Chu Kang SMC
In office
6 May 2006 – 7 May 2011
Preceded byLow Seow Chay
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Member of Parliament
for Holland Bukit Panjang GRC (Zhenghua)
In office
25 October 2001 – 6 May 2006
Preceded bySeat created
Succeeded byLiang Eng Hwa (Holland -Bukit Timah GRC -Zhenghua Ward)
Personal details
Born (1959-02-09) February 9, 1959 (age 60)
Political partyPeople's Action Party (2001)
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge

Gan Kim Yong (simplified Chinese: 颜金勇; traditional Chinese: 顏金勇; pinyin: Yán Jīn Yǒng; 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. He is also the Chairman of the governing PAP since 2018.

Career[edit]

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's first election was for the Holland-Bukit Panjang Group Representation Constituency in the 2001 elections, where the party won a walkover on nomination day. In 2005, Gan was appointed a Minister of State at the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Manpower.

Gan replaced Chua Chu Kang Single Member Constituency MP Low Seow Chay in the 2006 general election. He defeated Singapore Democratic Alliance's candidate Steve Chia (who was a former Non-Constituency Member of Parliament at the time) with 60.37% of the votes.

In 2008, Gan was made the Acting Minister for Manpower, and later promoted to a full Cabinet Minister the following year.

At the 2011 general election, Gan led his five-candidate PAP team in the newly formed Chua Chu Kang Group Representation Constituency (into which his former ward was subsumed, along with Hong Kah GRC). The team won the election with 61.20% of the votes against a team of National Solidarity Party. Gan assumed his MP role representing Chua Chu Kang till this day.

On 21 May 2011, Gan was appointed the Minister for Health.

In the 2015 general election, his four-member team won 76.89% of the votes against the newly-formed People's Power Party (Singapore).

On 23 November 2018, Gan assumed the party's chairperson, taking over Minister of Transport Khaw Boon Wan,[2][3]

Other appointments[edit]

Gan was appointed by the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to serve on the Independent High-level Commission on Non-Communicable Diseases from 2018 until 2019.[4]

Education[edit]

Gan was educated at Catholic High School and National Junior College, before going on to the University of Cambridge on an Overseas Merit Scholarship, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Electrical Engineering (1981).[5] In 1985, he obtained his master's degree from Cambridge University.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Gan currently serves as an elder at the Chen Li Presbyterian Church.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PM Lee announces new Cabinet lineup". The Straits Times. 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2011-05-18.
  2. ^ "PAP's new CEC". PAP.org.sg. 23 November 2018.
  3. ^ "DPMs Tharman, Teo Chee Hean and 3 senior PAP members step down from Central Executive Committee". PAP.org.sg. 21 November 2018.
  4. ^ WHO Independent High-level Commission on NCDs World Health Organization (WHO).
  5. ^ http://www.moe.gov.sg/media/speeches/2005/sp20051124.htm
  6. ^ http://www.pmo.gov.sg/cabinet/mr-gan-kim-yong
  7. ^ Ministers Urged Seminary to be Continually Involved in Globalised Society Archived 19 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine, The Christian Post, Oct. 3, 2008

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ng Eng Hen
Minister for Manpower
2009 – 2011
Acting: 2008 – 2009
Succeeded by
Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Preceded by
Khaw Boon Wan
Minister for Health
2011 – present
Incumbent
Parliament of Singapore
New constituency Member of Parliament for
Holland-Bukit Panjang GRC (Zhenghua)

2001 – 2006
Succeeded by
Liang Eng Hwa
Preceded by
Low Seow Chay
Member of Parliament for
Chua Chu Kang SMC

2006 – 2011
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for
Chua Chu Kang GRC (Chua Chu Kang)

2011 – present
Incumbent