Tan Chuan-Jin

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The Honourable
Tan Chuan-Jin
Minister for Social and Family Development
Assumed office
4 May 2015
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by Chan Chun Sing
Minister for Manpower [2]
In office
1 May 2014[1] – 4 May 2015
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Succeeded by Lim Swee Say
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of National Development[3]
In office
1 August 2012 – 31 August 2013
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Minister Khaw Boon Wan
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for Marine Parade GRC(Kembangan-Chai Chee)
Assumed office
7 May 2011
Majority 18,349 (13.3%)
Personal details
Born (1969-01-10) 10 January 1969 (age 48)
Nationality Singaporean
Political party People's Action Party (2011)
Alma mater National University of Singapore,
King's College London,
London School of Economics
Religion Christianity[4]
Military service
Allegiance  Singapore
Service/branch Singapore Army
Years of service 1987–2011
Rank Brigadier-General
Commands 7th Singapore Infantry Brigade,
3rd Division,

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. 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 (since May 2015). He has been a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency since May 2011.[5] Before entering politics, he served in the Singapore Army, rising to the rank of Brigadier-General.

Tan is also the President of the Singapore National Olympic Council, a position which he has held since 2014.[6]


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.[7][8]

Following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, Tan served as the commander of the SAF's Humanitarian Assistance Task Force in Meulaboh, Indonesia.[9][10]

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.[11]


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.[12]

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.


Political offices
Preceded by
Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Minister for Manpower
Succeeded by
Lim Swee Say
Preceded by
Chan Chun Sing
Minister for Social and Family Development

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