Inderjit Singh (Singaporean politician)

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The Honourable
Inderjit Singh
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for Ang Mo Kio GRC
In office
Preceded by Umar Abdul Hamid
Succeeded by Kwek Hian Chuan Henry
Personal details
Born Inderjit Singh Dhaliwal
(1960-06-06) 6 June 1960 (age 57)
Punjab, India
Nationality Singaporean
Political party People's Action Party
Alma mater University of Strathclyde
Nanyang Technological University
Profession engineer

Inderjit Singh Dhaliwal (born 5 June 1960) is an entrepreneur[1] and former politician in Singapore's parliament representing the Ang Mo Kio GRC from 1996 to 2015.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Punjab, India, Singh attended Kaki Bukit Primary School in Singapore and then progressed to Broadrick Secondary School and Temasek Junior College. He began his university education with a Bachelor of Engineering from Nanyang Technological University in Electrical and Electronics. He graduated with honors from the institution in 1985. While at Nanyang Tech he founded the EEE Club and was the first chair of the Students Union Council.

After earning his bachelors, he continued his education at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, earning an MBA in 1991.[3] He received the Strathclyde Alumni Distinguished Entrepreneur Award in 2013 [1]

Corporate life[edit]

He began his career with Texas Instruments, beginning as an engineer in 1985 and spent 13 years ascending the corporate chain before becoming Director of Operations of the Singapore plant from 1996 to 1998.[2][4] After his stint with Texas Instruments, Singh began a career of entrepreneurship, in which he started six businesses[5] after leaving the corporate arena.[6] He founded the United Test and Assembly Center (UTAC), a semiconductor firm, in 1998. The venture was mostly funded by Taiwanese friends of his due to what he terms "a dearth of willing investors and a general disbelief that he would be able to achieve his dream of creating a homegrown multinational firm.".[7] Inderjit left UTAC in 2001. The firm was listed in the Singapore Stock Exchange in 2004.[3]

His next firm, Tri-Star, which he started with his brothers was a trading and services firm, in which much of his and his family's savings were used to fund the company.

Political Life[edit]

He became an active grassroots leader in 1984. He became a Member of Parliament for the Kebun Bahru ward in the Ang Mo Kio GRC since the 1996 General Elections, and stepped down in 2015.