Seah Kian Peng

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Seah Kian Peng
Seah Kian Peng.jpg
Seah in 2021
Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore
In office
17 October 2011 – 24 August 2015
Serving with Charles Chong
SpeakerMichael Palmer
Halimah Yacob
Preceded byMatthias Yao
Succeeded byLim Biow Chuan
Member of Parliament
for Marine Parade GRC
(Braddell Heights)
Assumed office
27 April 2006
Preceded byR. Ravindran
Majority20,143 (15.52%)
Personal details
Born1961 (age 60–61)[1]
Political partyPeople's Action Party
SpouseJean Yap
Alma materUniversity of New South Wales

Seah Kian Peng (Chinese: 谢健平; pinyin: Xiè Jiànpíng; born 1961)[1] is a Singaporean politician who served as Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore between 2011 and 2016. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Braddell Heights division of Marine Parade GRC since 2006. He has also been serving as the chief executive officer of NTUC Fairprice since 2010 to 2022 .

Early life[edit]

Seah was born into a family of six, consisting of his father, a line worker in a printing firm and his mother, a housewife who took on sewing gigs to supplement the family income, and himself, the third out of the four children.[2][3] Seah studied at Raffles Institution before he received a Colombo Plan scholarship to study at the University of New South Wales.[2]


Early career[edit]

Upon graduation with a first class honours degree in building,[4] Seah returned to Singapore to complete his National Service, then worked in a government-linked company, Indeco Engineers,[5] before joining the Singapore Civil Service.[3] Seah was seconded to the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) to do corporate planning and start NTUC Healthcare's chain of pharmacies.[3] Seah then left NTUC for the corporate world between 1994 and 1996 to do corporate planning, as a "bucket list item".[3][5] He returned to the public sector in 1996 to head NTUC Healthcare and NTUC Media successively, before being appointed as the chief operating officer of NTUC FairPrice in 2001, then as the chief executive officer of NTUC FairPrice in 2010.[3][5]

Seah is active on the community front. He served as a director on Centre for Fathering Limited, a non-profit organisation that aims to get fathers more involved in the lives of their children,[6] from 2004 to 2018.[5][7] Seah has been an advisor to the Amalgamated Union of Public Daily Rated Workers as early as 2005.[4][8]

Political career[edit]

Seah was fielded as a People's Action Party (PAP) candidate for Marine Parade GRC in the 2006 general election,[9] and was elected as Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC (Braddell Heights ward) in a walkover for the 11th Parliament.[10] Seah was re-elected in Marine Parade Group GRC in the 2011 and 2015 general elections when the PAP team was challenged by the National Solidarity Party and Workers' Party respectively.[11][12]

In Parliament, Seah served as Deputy Speaker from October 2011 to January 2016.[13] On 10 March 2010, Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, suggested that Seah to work out a private member's bill to propose amendments to the Maintenance of Parents Act.[14] After establishing a 10-person workgroup to look at the proposal,[15] the bill was introduced on 18 October 2010 and was passed on 23 November 2010.[16][17]

Seah was then appointed chairperson of Social and Family Development Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) in the 14th Parliament and was the chief executive officer of NTUC Fairprice.

Personal life[edit]

Seah is married to Jean Yap and they have two children.[4]


  1. ^ a b "MP | Parliament Of Singapore". Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Higher taxes on the rich and being more open to using our national reserves: MP Seah Kian Peng goes On the Record". CNA. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e migration (28 April 2013). "Save, give, value all". The Straits Times. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "People's Action Party Constituency Portal - People's Action Party". Archived from the original on 7 January 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d "Welcome To Braddell Heights Division". Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  6. ^ "A champion for the fatherless | Salt&Light". 7 February 2018. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Centre for Fathering - Financial Report 2018" (PDF). Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  8. ^ "This Week" (PDF). 30 August 2015. p. 10.
  9. ^ "AsiaOne". Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  10. ^ "AsiaOne - General Election 2006". Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  11. ^ hermesauto (7 December 2017). "Former NSP star Nicole Seah now with WP in East Coast GRC". The Straits Times. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  12. ^ Tan, Mindy (12 September 2015). "PAP takes Marine Parade with 64% of votes". The Business Times. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  13. ^ hermes (8 August 2017). "'Either deputy could take over as Speaker'". The Straits Times. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  14. ^ "SPEECH Report". Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  15. ^ "Feedback on changes to Maintenance of Parents Act". Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  16. ^ "Maintenance of Parents (Amendment) Bill" (PDF).
  17. ^ "Maintenance of Parents (Amendment) Act 2010 - Singapore Statutes Online". Retrieved 11 June 2020.

External links[edit]

Parliament of Singapore
Preceded by
R Ravindran
Member of Parliament for
Marine Parade GRC (Braddell Heights)

2006 – present
Preceded by Deputy Speaker of Parliament
2011 – 2016
Succeeded by