Tan Chuan-Jin

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Tan Chuan-Jin
陈川仁
10th Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore
Assumed office
11 September 2017
PresidentHalimah Yacob
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Deputy
Preceded byHalimah Yacob
Minister for Social and Family Development
In office
4 May 2015 – 10 September 2017
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Preceded byChan Chun Sing
Succeeded byDesmond Lee
Minister for Manpower
In office
1 May 2014 – 4 May 2015
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Preceded byTharman Shanmugaratnam
Succeeded byLim Swee Say
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of National Development
In office
1 August 2012 – 31 August 2013
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterKhaw Boon Wan
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for Marine Parade GRC (Kembangan-Chai Chee)
Assumed office
7 May 2011
Majority18,349 (13.3%)
Personal details
Born (1969-01-10) 10 January 1969 (age 49)
Singapore
NationalitySingaporean
Political partyPeople's Action Party
Alma mater
Military service
Allegiance Singapore
Service/branchSingapore Army
Years of service1987–2011
Rank08-RSA-OF06.svg Brigadier-General
Commands

Tan Chuan-Jin (simplified Chinese: 陈川仁; traditional Chinese: 陳川仁; pinyin: Chén Chuān Rén; Wade–Giles: Ch'en2 Ch'uan1 Jen2; born 10 January 1969) is a Singaporean politician and the 10th Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore. A member of the country's governing People's Action Party (PAP), he has served in the Cabinet since May 2014 as the Minister for Manpower (May 2014 – May 2015) and the Minister for Social and Family Development (May 2015 - Sept 2017). He has been a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency since May 2011.[2] Before entering politics, he served in the Singapore Army, rising to the rank of Brigadier-General.

On 5 September 2017, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced he will nominate Tan as the next Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore. Tan's new role comes following the resignation of Halimah Yacob as Speaker to contest in the Presidential Elections 2017. He was formally elected on 11 September 2017 as Singapore's 10th Speaker of Parliament.

Tan is also the President of the Singapore National Olympic Council, a position which he has held since 2014.[3]

Career[edit]

Military career[edit]

In 1987, Tan joined the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). He went on to hold the positions of Commander of the 7th Singapore Infantry Brigade, Commander of the Army's 3rd Division, Assistant Chief of General Staff (Plans) and Chief of the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), and rose to the rank of Brigadier-General.[4][5]

Following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, Tan served as the commander of the SAF's Humanitarian Assistance Task Force in Meulaboh, Indonesia.[6][7]

In 2009, Tan served as the Chairman of the Executive Committee for Singapore's National Day Parade.

On 25 March 2011, Tan left the SAF in order to stand for Parliament.

Political career[edit]

Tan stood as a PAP candidate in the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency, led by former prime minister Goh Chok Tong at the 2011 general election. The PAP's team in the constituency defeated the team from the opposition National Solidarity Party, by 78,286 votes (56.65%) to 59,926 (43.35%). Tan has since served as the MP responsible for the Kembangan-Chai Chee ward.

On 21 May 2011, Tan was appointed a Minister of State at the Ministry of Manpower and Ministry of National Development.

On 1 May 2014, Tan was made a member of the Cabinet and assumed the role of Minister for Manpower.

On 4 May 2015, Tan relinquished his role as Minister for Manpower and became the Minister for Social and Family Development as part of a Cabinet reshuffle.[8]

On 11 September 2017, Tan relinquished his role as Minister for Social and Family Development and was elected as the 10th Speaker of Singapore Parliament[9].

Education[edit]

Tan was educated at Anglo-Chinese School and Raffles Junior College. In 1988, he was awarded an SAF Overseas Scholarship to study in the United Kingdom, where he completed a BSc (Econ) degree at the London School of Economics and a Master of Arts degree in Defence Studies at King's College London.[10]

In 2008, he completed a Master in Public Management degree at the National University of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Personal life[edit]

Tan is married with two children. He is an avid photographer and enjoys reading, watching movies and football.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tan Chuan-Jin | Parliament Of Singapore". Parliament.gov.sg. 2011-05-21. Archived from the original on 2012-07-15. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
  2. ^ "Singapore Election Department : Gazette Notification on Candidates declared to have been elected Members of Parliament (2011)" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2011-06-24. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
  3. ^ "SNOC New Executive Committee Elected". Archived from the original on 2015-05-18.
  4. ^ "Page Not Found" (PDF). www.mindef.gov.sg. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2017-09-15. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  5. ^ "cyberpioneer - News - 3 Div gets new commander (21 Jan 08)". Mindef.gov.sg. Archived from the original on 2017-09-15. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
  6. ^ "News - Update on SAF Relief Operations (08 Jan 05)". MINDEF. Archived from the original on 2012-08-05. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
  7. ^ "Parting Shot: Reflections from BG Tan Chuan-Jin". Mindef.gov.sg. Archived from the original on 2014-03-12. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
  8. ^ "Cabinet reshuffle: Tan Chuan-Jin to helm MSF; Lim Swee Say to be Manpower Minister". Archived from the original on 2015-04-29. Retrieved 2015-04-10.
  9. ^ "Tan Chuan-Jin becomes Singapore's 10th Speaker of Parliament". Archived from the original on 2017-09-11. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  10. ^ "Mr TAN Chuan-Jin". Archived from the original on 2013-09-29. Retrieved 2013-10-11.
Political offices
Preceded by
Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Minister for Manpower
2012 – 2015
Succeeded by
Lim Swee Say
Preceded by
Chan Chun Sing
Minister for Social and Family Development
2015 – 2017
Succeeded by
Desmond Lee
Parliament of Singapore
Preceded by
Ong Seh Hong
as MP (Kampong Ubi-Kembangan)
Member of Parliament for
Marine Parade GRC (Kembangan-Chai Chee)

2011 – present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Halimah Yacob
Speaker of Parliament
2017 – present
Incumbent

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