Low Yen Ling

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Low Yen Ling
刘燕玲
Minister of State for Trade and Industry
Assumed office
27 July 2020
Serving with Alvin Tan
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterChan Chun Sing
(2020–2021)
Gan Kim Yong
(2021–present)
Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth
Assumed office
27 July 2020
Serving with Alvin Tan
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterEdwin Tong
Mayor of South West District
Assumed office
27 May 2014
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Preceded byAmy Khor
Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Manpower
In office
1 May 2018 – 26 July 2020
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterJosephine Teo
Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education
In office
1 May 2017 – 26 July 2020
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterNg Chee Meng (Schools)
(2017–2018)
Ong Ye Kung (Higher Education and Skills)
(2017–2018)
Ong Ye Kung
(2018–2020)
Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and Industry
In office
1 May 2017 – 30 April 2018
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterLim Hng Kiang (Trade)
S. Iswaran (Industry)
Parliamentary Secretary for Education
In office
1 October 2015 – 30 April 2017
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterNg Chee Meng (Schools)
Ong Ye Kung (Higher Education and Skills)
Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and Industry
In office
1 October 2015 – 30 April 2017
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterLim Hng Kiang (Trade)
S. Iswaran (Industry)
Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth
In office
1 May 2014 – 30 September 2015
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterLawrence Wong
Parliamentary Secretary for Social and Family Development
In office
1 October 2013 – 30 September 2015
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterChan Chun Sing
(2013–2015)
Tan Chuan-Jin (2015)
Member of Parliament
for Chua Chu Kang GRC
(Bukit Gombak)
Assumed office
7 May 2011
Preceded byAng Mong Seng (PAP)
Majority17,520 (17.28%)
Personal details
Born1974[1]
Singapore
Political partyPeople's Action Party
Alma materNanyang Technological University (BBus)

Low Yen Ling (Chinese: 刘燕玲; pinyin: Liú Yànlíng; born 1974)[1] is a Singaporean politician who has been serving as Mayor of South West District since 2014, Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth and Minister of State for Trade and Industry concurrently since 2020. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), she has been the Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Bukit Gombak division of Chua Chu Kang GRC since 2011.

Prior to entering politics, Low had worked at financial institutions, a start-up venture, and the Economic Development Board (EDB).[2]

She made her political debut in the 2011 general election as part of a five-member PAP team contesting in Chua Chu Kang GRC and won with 61.2% of the vote.

Education[edit]

Low was educated at Dunman High School and Temasek Junior College before graduating from the Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor of Business with second upper honours degree in financial analysis.[3]

Career[edit]

Low started her career in the private sector by handling commercial lending accounts for Keppel TatLee Bank and United Overseas Bank.[3][2] After that, she worked at a start-up, AutoHub Private Limited, which reportedly failed.[4] She then joined the Economic Development Board in 2001 and became the director of three divisions. In April 2011, she left the Economic Development Board[5] and became Chief Executive Officer of Business China on 1 June 2011.[3][6][7]

Political career[edit]

Low was introduced as a PAP candidate on 4 April 2011[8][9] contesting as part of a five-member PAP team in Chua Chu Kang GRC during the 2011 general election. The PAP team won with 61.2% of the vote against the National Solidarity Party[10] and Low became the Member of Parliament representing the Bukit Gombak ward of Chua Chu Kang GRC. On 1 October 2013, Low was appointed Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Social and Family Development. She was given an additional appointment as Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth on 1 May 2014. On 27 May 2014, she was appointed Mayor of the South West District and Chairperson of the Mayors' Committee.[1]

During the 2015 general election, Low contested as part of a four-member PAP team in Chua Chu Kang GRC and they won with 76.91% of the vote against the People's Power Party. On 1 October 2015, Low was appointed Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Trade and Industry. In 2016, she appeared in an episode of the Channel 8 television series Eat Already?.[11] On 1 May 2017, she was promoted to Senior Parliamentary Secretary and continued serving at the two Ministries. On 1 May 2018, she relinquished her appointment at the Ministry of Trade and Industry while continuing to serve at the Ministry of Education. In addition, she became Senior Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Manpower.[12][1]

In the 2020 general election, Low joined a four-member PAP team contesting in Chua Chu Kang GRC and they won with 58.64% of the vote against the Progress Singapore Party. On 27 July 2020, she was promoted to Minister of State and appointed to the Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Low is married with two sons.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "MP | Parliament Of Singapore". www.parliament.gov.sg.
  2. ^ a b c "Ms Low Yen Ling".
  3. ^ a b c "New Media Centre Media Speeches Artiicle Page » Business China". www.businesschina.org.sg.
  4. ^ "Low Yen Ling's failed start-up". RazorTV/AsiaOne. 5 Apr 2011. Retrieved 12 Feb 2012.
  5. ^ "Two new PAP faces likely at Chua Chu Kang GRC". Straits Times. 2 Apr 2011. Retrieved 12 Feb 2012.
  6. ^ "Business China appoints new Chief Executive Officer". Business China. 1 Jun 2011. Retrieved 12 Feb 2012.
  7. ^ "Business China appoints MP Low Yen Ling as new CEO". Channel NewsAsia. 1 Jun 2011. Retrieved 12 Feb 2012.
  8. ^ "3 more new PAP candidates introduced". AsiaOne. 4 Apr 2011. Archived from the original on 7 April 2011. Retrieved 12 Feb 2012.
  9. ^ "Armed and ready for battle". my paper/AsiaOne. 5 Apr 2011. Retrieved 12 Feb 2012.
  10. ^ "2011 Parliamentary Election Results". Singapore Elections Department.
  11. ^ govsingapore (2016-10-06), 《吃饱没?》(Eat Already?) Episode 5, retrieved 2018-11-19
  12. ^ "Changes to Cabinet and other appointments". The Prime Minister's Office Singapore. Retrieved 1 May 2017.

External links[edit]

Parliament of Singapore
Preceded byas MP for Hong Kah GRC (Bukit Gombak) Member of Parliament for
Chua Chu Kang GRC (Bukit Gombak)

2011 – present
Incumbent
Government offices
Preceded by Mayor of South West District
27 May 2014 – present
Incumbent