Sebastian Teo

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Sebastian Teo Kway Huang
Native name 张培源
Nationality Singapore
Education Nanyang University with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), National University of Singapore with MBA and University of Southern Queensland with Master in Strategic Marketing Management
Occupation Executive director, politician
Political party National Solidarity Party
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Teo.

Sebastian Teo Kway Huang (simplified Chinese: 张培源; traditional Chinese: 張培源; pinyin: Zhāng Péiyuán) is a Singaporean politician and the current President[1] of the National Solidarity Party (NSP).

Early career[edit]

Teo started his career after graduating from the Nanyang University as an executive officer the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF). He was the head of purchasing department whe he resigned in July 1975 and became managing director of his own company.

Corruption conviction and bankruptcies[edit]

Graft conviction[edit]

Teo was arrested by CPIB in September 1979. The anti-corruption bureau had found out that over a nine-month period from March to December 1975, he had taken money on 12 occasions from a vegetable supplier, in exchange for information on the name of the successful vegetable supply contractor and the price of vegetables contracted. The total amount involved was $60,200.[2]

Subsequently Teo pleaded guilty and was convicted in court on two charges of corruption in November 1979, with ten other charges taken into consideration. He was fined $15,000, and ordered to pay a penalty $10,500 for the court proceedings.[3]

Bankruptcies[edit]

Later on receiving and adjudication orders under the Bankruptcy Act were twice issued against Teo on 17 May 1985 (bankruptcy number 162/85) [4] and on 7 March 1986 (bankruptcy number 319/85).[5]

Implications[edit]

Article 45 (1e) of the Singapore Constitution states: “a person shall not be qualified to be a Member of Parliament who — has been convicted of an offence by a court of law in Singapore or Malaysia and sentenced to imprisonment for a term of not less than one year or to a fine of not less than $2,000 and has not received a free pardon”.[6]

Teo was fined $15,000 in court for his corrupt offences. In other words, he may therefore be ineligible to take a MP seat even if elected.

More importantly Teo did not disclose any of the above information when he stood for parliamentary elections in 2001, 2006 and 2011. This is amounts to the deception of the electorate. For example, his profile as a candidate for the NSP in the 2011 General Elections stated:[7]

"Sebastian Teo Kway Huang is the Chief Consultant and Executive Director of Knight Royal Management International Pte Ltd. He is also the Academy Director for Strategy Academic Research in Singapore. He was previously the General Manager of a British MNC in Taipei and also the General Manager of a main board listed company’s subsidiary in China. He has several years of management consultancy experience, and has trained many top management personnel in various state-owned enterprises and government departments in China. He graduated with a BA (Hons) from Nanyang University, has a MBA from NUS and also possesses a Master in Strategic Marketing Management from the University of Southern Queensland. As a consultant, he has worked as IDM’s (Taiwan) Total Business Plan Consultant, CSH Industrial Group’s (SES Listed Company) China Marketing Consultant, and as the Training Programme Director of Jiangsu Province. Sebastian has also been a part-time lecturer at the University of South Australia and Asia Pacific International University USA’s MBA programmes, in addition to teaching stints with the NUS Business School, NUS International Business Institute and the Singapore Chinese Chamber Institute of Business. He was formerly the President of the NUS Business School (Mandarin) and the Director of NUS’ MBA Alumni. He is the current President of the National Solidarity Party."

Political career[edit]

2001 general election[edit]

Teo first stepped into the political arena in the 2001 general election, contesting as one of five members representing the Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) together with Yip Yew Weng, Christopher Neo, Foo Kok Wah and Abdul Rahim bin Osman in Tampines GRC against the team from the People's Action Party (PAP) represented by Mah Bow Tan, Yatiman bin Yusof, Ong Kian Min, Sin Boon Ann and Irene Ng. They lost, receiving only 26.7% of the votes.

2006 general election[edit]

In the 2006 general election, Teo contested under the SDA banner in the Jalan Besar GRC together with Fong Chin Leong, Cheo Chai Chen, Vincent Yeo and Muhamad Ali bin Aman against another team from the PAP composed of Lee Boon Yang, Yaacob Ibrahim, Heng Chee How, Lily Neo and Denise Phua. His SDA team lost again, obtaining just 30.7% of the votes against the PAP team.

2011 general election[edit]

In the 2011 general election, Teo contested a third time representing the National Solidarity Party (NSP) together with Tony Tan Lay Thiam, Hazel Poa, Nor Lella Mardiiiah Mohamed and Jeisilan Sivalingam in Chua Chu Kang GRC against a PAP team led by Gan Kim Yong, Alvin Yeo, Zaqy Mohamad, Alex Yam and Low Yen Ling. The NSP team lost but obtained a credible 38.8% of the votes despite fielding four rookie candidates.

Teo failed to make it to Parliament in all his three attempts but managed to improve his percentage of votes in every election. He is currently the President of the National Solidarity Party which has grown to become the third largest political party in Singapore.

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