Tan Chuan-Jin

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Tan Chuan-Jin
陈川仁
Tan Chuan Jin.jpg
Tan in 2021
10th Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore
Assumed office
11 September 2017
PresidentHalimah Yacob
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
DeputyChristopher de Souza
(2020–present)
Jessica Tan
(2020–present)
See former
Preceded byHalimah Yacob
ConstituencyMarine Parade GRC
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
Acting: 1 August 2012 – 30 April 2014
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Preceded byTharman Shanmugaratnam
Succeeded byLim Swee Say
Senior Minister of State for 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
(KembanganChai Chee)
Assumed office
7 May 2011
Preceded byPosition established
Majority20,143 (15.52%)
Personal details
Born1969 (age 52–53)[1]
Singapore
Political partyPeople's Action Party
Children2
Alma mater
Military service
Branch/serviceSingapore Army
Years of service1987–2011
RankBrigadier-General
Commands

Tan Chuan-Jin (Chinese: 陈川仁; pinyin: Chén Chuānrén; born 1969)[1] is a Singaporean politician and former brigadier-general who currently serving as the tenth speaker of the Parliament since 2017. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), he is a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the KembanganChai Chee ward of Marine Parade GRC since 2011.[2]

Before entering politics, Tan had served in the Singapore Army from 1987 to 2011 and achieved the rank Brigadier-General.

He made his political debut in the 2011 general election as part of a five-member PAP team contesting in Marine Parade GRC and they won with 56.65% of the vote.

Since then, Tan had retained his parliamentary seat in the subsequent general elections and was appointed Senior Minister of State in 2012 before serving as Minister for Manpower (2012–2015) and Minister for Social and Family Development (2015–2017).

He stepped down from the Cabinet to serve as speaker of the Parliament in 2017.

Education[edit]

Tan was educated at Anglo-Chinese School and Raffles Junior College before he received the Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship in 1988 to study at the London School of Economics, where he completed a Bachelor of Science in economics. He also completed a Master of Arts in defence studies at King's College London,[3] and a Master of Public Administration at the National University of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in 2008.

Career[edit]

Military career[edit]

Tan enlisted in the Singapore Armed Forces in 1987 and was commissioned as an officer in the Singapore Army before rising to the rank of Brigadier-General. During his time in the military, he held various command and staff positions, including Commanding Officer of the 3rd Guards Battalion, Army Attaché at the Singapore embassy in Jakarta, Commander of the 7th Singapore Infantry Brigade, Assistant Chief of the General Staff (Plans), Commander of the 3rd Division, and Commander of the Army Training and Doctrine Command.[4][5] In the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, Tan was the commander of the Singapore Armed Forces Humanitarian Assistance Task Force deployed to Meulaboh.[6][7] He was also the chairman of the executive committee of the Singapore National Day Parade in 2009.

On 25 March 2011, Tan retired from the Singapore Armed Forces to enter politics.

Political career[edit]

Tan was announced as a People's Action Party (PAP) candidate joining the five-member PAP team contesting in Marine Parade GRC during the 2011 general election. After the PAP team won with 56.65% of the vote against the National Solidarity Party, Tan became a Member of Parliament representing the KembanganChai Chee ward of Marine Parade GRC.[1]

On 1 August 2012, he was appointed Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of National Development and Acting Minister for Manpower.[1] During his tenure at the Ministry of National Development, Tan worked with heritage, nature, environmental and animal welfare groups on issues related to the Rail Corridor and Bukit Brown Cemetery. He also worked on issues which led to Sisters' Islands being designated as Singapore's first marine park, as well as amendments being made to the Animal and Birds Act.[8]

On 1 September 2013, Tan relinquished his appointment at the Ministry of National Development and became Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Manpower while continuing to serve as Acting Minister for Manpower. On 1 May 2014, he was promoted to full Minister.[9] On 9 April 2015, Tan relinquished his portfolio as Minister for Manpower and became Minister for Social and Family Development as part of a Cabinet reshuffle.[10]

During the 2015 general election, Tan joined a five-member PAP team contesting in Marine Parade GRC again and they won with 64.07% of the vote against the Workers' Party. After the election, Tan continued serving as Minister for Social and Family Development. On 11 September 2017, he resigned his Cabinet portfolio and became the 10th Speaker of Parliament after the post was vacated by Halimah Yacob when she resigned to contest in the 2017 Singaporean presidential election.[11][12]

Tan retained his parliamentary seat in Kembangan–Chai Chee after his five-member PAP team contesting in Marine Parade GRC during the 2020 general election won again with 57.74% of the vote against the Workers' Party. After the election, he continued serving as Speaker of Parliament.

Personal life[edit]

Tan is married with two children. He has also been the President of the Singapore National Olympic Council since 2014.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "MP | Parliament Of Singapore". www.parliament.gov.sg.
  2. ^ "Singapore Election Department : Gazette Notification on Candidates declared to have been elected Members of Parliament (2011)" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 24 June 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Mr TAN Chuan-Jin". Archived from the original on 29 September 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Reaching Out Operation Flying Eagle" (PDF). Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  5. ^ "cyberpioneer - News - 3 Div gets new commander (21 Jan 08)". Mindef.gov.sg. Archived from the original on 15 September 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  6. ^ "News - Update on SAF Relief Operations (08 Jan 05)". MINDEF. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Parting Shot: Reflections from BG Tan Chuan-Jin". Mindef.gov.sg. Archived from the original on 12 March 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Tan Chuan-Jin still doesn't know why he was appointed Speaker of Parliament". Mothership.sg. Archived from the original on 31 January 2020. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Tan and Wong promoted to full Minister". Channel NewsAsia. 29 April 2014. Archived from the original on 1 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Cabinet reshuffle: Tan Chuan-Jin to helm MSF; Lim Swee Say to be Manpower Minister". Archived from the original on 29 April 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  11. ^ Chuan, Toh Yong (5 September 2017). "Tan Chuan-Jin to become new Speaker of Parliament, Desmond Lee to helm Ministry of Social and Family Development". The Straits Times. ISSN 0585-3923. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  12. ^ "Tan Chuan-Jin becomes Singapore's 10th Speaker of Parliament". Archived from the original on 11 September 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  13. ^ "SNOC New Executive Committee Elected". Archived from the original on 18 May 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by Minister for Manpower
2012 – 2015
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister for Social and Family Development
2015 – 2017
Succeeded by
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 Speaker of Parliament
2017 – present
Incumbent

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