Gerald Giam

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Gerald Giam Yean Song
严燕松
Gerald Giam at a Workers' Party general election rally, Bedok Stadium, Singapore - 20110430-04.jpg
At a Workers' Party rally in Bedok Stadium on 30 April 2011 during the 2011 general election
Non-constituency Member of the 12th Parliament of Singapore
In office
16 May 2011 – 25 August 2015
Personal details
Born
Gerald Giam Yean Song

(1977-11-22) November 22, 1977 (age 41)
Singapore
CitizenshipSingapore
NationalitySingaporean
Political partyWorkers' Party

Gerald Giam Yean Song (simplified Chinese: 严燕松; traditional Chinese: 嚴燕松; pinyin: Yán Yàn Sōng, born 22 November 1977) was a Singaporean politician from the Workers' Party.

He was also an Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) of the 12th Parliament of Singapore,[1] and was previously an editor of The Online Citizen.

Political career[edit]

Gerald first stepped into the political world in 2011 contesting as one of 5 members, of a Workers' Party team led by Eric Tan Heng Chong which included Png Eng Huat, Glenda Han Su May and Mohamed Fazli bin Talip, in the East Coast Group Representation Constituency (East Coast GRC). They contested against a team from the People's Action Party which was led by Minister Lim Swee Say together with Lee Yi Shyan, Lim Siang Keat Raymond, Modh Maliki bin Osman, and Tan Soon Neo Jessica. Although, the Workers' Party team fell short obtaining a credible 45.17% of the votes, they nevertheless were entitled to an NCMP position as third best loser in an election whereby less than 9 non-ruling party Members of Parliament (MPs) made it to parliament.

It was confirmed by Workers' Party on 13 May 2011 that Gerald from the team would be taking up the NCMP position. As a result of not being allowed to take up the NCMP seat, the WP GRC team leader and party veteran, Eric Tan quit the party.

With Gerald taking up the NCMP position together with Yee Jenn Jong, Workers' Party set a new record in the Singapore's post-independence political arena becoming the first non-ruling party to have 8 (6 MP[2] + 2 NCMP) seats in parliament.

After the 2015 General Elections, Gerard did not take up the NCMP seat at the 13th Parliament, leaving it to his other party colleagues who contested the GRC.

Gerald is a member of the Workers’ Party Central Executive Council.[3]

Education And Personal[edit]

Gerald Giam has Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, and a Master of Science in International Political Economy, Nanyang Technological University. He is an IT solutions architect by training, and is married with two children.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1128639/1/.html Channel News Asia - Workers' Party names Yee Jenn Jong, Gerald Giam for NCMP seats (dated 13 May 2011)
  2. ^ http://www.elections.gov.sg/elections_results2011.html Singapore Elections Department : 2011 PARLIAMENTARY GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS
  3. ^ "Gerald Giam – The Workers' Party". www.wp.sg. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  4. ^ "Gerald Giam – The Workers' Party". www.wp.sg. Retrieved 2017-12-12.