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Tin Pei Ling
陈佩玲
Tin Pei Ling.jpg
Tin in 2021
Member of Parliament
for MacPherson SMC
Assumed office
11 September 2015
Preceded byMatthias Yao
(1997–2011)
ConstituencyMacPherson SMC
Majority11,506 (43.48%)
Member of Parliament
for Marine Parade GRC
(MacPherson)
In office
7 May 2011 – 24 August 2015
Preceded byMatthias Yao
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Personal details
Born (1983-12-23) 23 December 1983 (age 38)[1]
Singapore
Political partyPeople's Action Party
Spouse(s)Ng How Yue
Children2
Alma materNational University of Singapore (BSS)
University of Chicago (MBA)
Occupation
  • Politician
  • businesswoman

Tin Pei Ling (Chinese: 陈佩玲; pinyin: Chén Pèilíng; born 23 December 1983)[1] is a Singaporean politician and businesswoman. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), she has been the Member of Parliament (MP) representing MacPherson SMC since 2015 and previously the MacPherson ward of Marine Parade GRC between 2011 and 2015.[2][3]

Tin was the PAP's youngest candidate in the 2011 general election.[4] She is the current chairperson of the Ulu Pandan youth executive committee for the Young PAP,[2][5] the PAP's youth wing, and a member of the Community Development Welfare Fund committee.

Early life and education

Tin's father operated a coffeeshop in Ghim Moh while her mother was a housewife.[6]

She attended Crescent Girls' School and Hwa Chong Junior College before graduating from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree with honours in psychology.[7][6]

Tin's father was involved in grassroots work and Tin helped him with English translations.[6] In her second year in university, she started helping out at Vivian Balakrishnan's Meet-the-People Sessions.[6] Prior to the formation of the 17th Young PAP Executive Committee marked by the 2011 elections, Tin was formerly assistant treasurer for Young PAP and a representative for the Ulu Pandan branch.[8]

Business career

Prior to 2011, Tin was working as a senior associate with Ernst & Young.[9] She resigned after being elected as a Member of Parliament.[9]

In May 2017, Tin started working at Jing King Tech Group, an investment firm, as the group director for corporate strategy.[10][11] On 21 May 2018, Tin became the chief executive officer for Business China, a government related non-profit organisation aiming to strengthen Singapore-China ties through the support of businesses.[11] Tin had left Jing King Tech Group at around the same time.[11]

Political career

2011 general election

In the 2011 general election, Tin was selected as a candidate for the Marine Parade GRC alongside former prime minister Goh Chok Tong among others. Having been a member of the Ulu Pandan branch of the Young PAP for seven years, she was fielded by the PAP as a candidate to attract the "unpredictable" youth vote through social networking sites.[12] On election day, the PAP took Marine Parade GRC with 56.65% of the votes, defeating the National Solidarity Party (NSP) team led by Cheo Chai Chen.[13] Goh admitted after the election that Tin's youth and negative image perceived by the public was a "factor" for the PAP's weaker performance this election compared to their 72.9% win in 1992.[14] On 1 June 2011, Tin announced on her Facebook account that she had resigned from her senior associate position in Ernst & Young, where she had worked for four years.[15] She said the decision was made in order to focus on her responsibilities as full-time Member of Parliament in her MacPherson ward and Marine Parade GRC.[16]

Tin's selection as a candidate for Parliament in 2011 resulted in a large online backlash, especially amongst young Singaporeans.[12] Throughout the campaign, Tin garnered negative attention due to her perceived immaturity to become a Member of Parliament,[17] and allusions were also raised as to how her husband's position had opened doors for her into politics.[18] A widely circulated Facebook photo of Tin posing with a Kate Spade-branded gift from her husband, also led to widespread accusations online of ignorance, materialism and privilege.[17][19] When asked if there was a policy she would change, she replied that there were no policy that she felt strongly against.[20][unreliable source?] When asked what her "greatest regret" was, she said it was not having brought her (still living) parents to Universal Studios Singapore.[21]

Some Singaporeans were concerned that as an "undeserving [candidate]," Tin had a high chance of being elected "not on [her] own merit, but rather on the back of established Members of Parliament" since the five-member PAP team would be voted in or rejected as a group under Singapore's group representation constituency system.[22]

The public's online hostility towards Tin was so great that Goh Chok Tong defended her in the press. He said he had taken Tin in when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had offered her to be fielded as a candidate in Ang Mo Kio GRC. He had accepted her as he did not think Tin was a weak candidate. He dismissed the online criticisms as "distortion" and even though "some sound bites of her which pitted her as a rather light-weight person", it was just "a superficial view". He still believed that she "would work very hard", "[could] reach out to the young, and the not so young," that he "would like her to do more to help the old people in MacPherson," and that she would become "a good Member of Parliament in due course".[23]

Nicole Seah, a candidate of the opposition NSP team contesting in Marine Parade GRC, filed a complaint to the Elections Department on 6 May 2011, stating that Tin had violated the state-mandated cooling-off period 24 hours before polls by posting a Facebook comment on Seah crying during her walkabout. Under the Singapore Parliamentary Elections Act,[24] canvassing on Polling Day and Cooling Off Day is prohibited and the offence carries a fine or imprisonment or both. When questioned, Tin replied that one of her administrators, Denise He, had posted the comment under her account and that He had meant to post in her own capacity from her phone, but had forgotten to log out of Tin's account.[25] The NSP team was advised by the Elections Department to file a police report before the Elections Department could investigate.[26] The police confirmed that a report was lodged against her.[27] The police issued a stern warning to Tin as well as Seah, who also had a similar complaint lodged against her.[28]

2015 general election

During the 2015 general election, MacPherson SMC was split from Marine Parade GRC for the first time since the 2006 general election.[29] She ran against Bernard Chen of the Workers' Party and Cheo of the National Solidarity Party.[30] Cheo's campaign suffered a major blunder when he described Tin's new role as a mother as "her weakness" in the campaign.[31] Facing public backlash, Cheo later claimed that this comment was meant as a joke.[32] She received 17,227 votes, or 65.58% of the total, compared to Chen's 33.6% and Cheo's 0.82%.[33]

2020 general election

In the 2020 general election, Tin defended her seat in MacPherson SMC with 71.74% of the vote against Goh Meng Seng of the People's Power Party.[34] She was then appointed chairperson of the Communications and Information government parliamentary committee (GPC) in the 14th Parliament.[35]

Personal life

Tin is married to Ng How Yue, Permanent Secretary (Health Development) in the Ministry of Health[36] and formerly a Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.[37] Tin and Ng have two children.[38][39]

References

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  10. ^ Au-Yong, Rachel; Chew, Hui Min (28 April 2017). "MP Tin Pei Ling joins investment firm, starts next month". The Straits Times. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
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  24. ^ Parliamentary Elections Act (Cap. 218, 2007 Rev. Ed.)
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  28. ^ "No police action against Tin Pei Ling, Nicole Seah". Yahoo. 14 August 2012. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
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  30. ^ "GE2015: Three-cornered fight for MacPherson SMC between PAP, WP and NSP". September 2015. Archived from the original on 21 September 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  31. ^ Yi, Hon Jing (4 September 2015). "Tin Pei Ling's new status as a mum is a weakness: Cheo". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 12 September 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
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  38. ^ Mohamad Salleh, Nur Asyiqin (5 August 2015). "PAP MP Tin Pei Ling gives birth; will be fielded in MacPherson SMC in next GE". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 4 June 2016. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  39. ^ Toh, Ting Wei (25 September 2018). "Tin Pei Ling gives birth to second son, says will be back in action soon after recuperating". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 10 February 2019. Retrieved 14 March 2020.

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Parliament of Singapore
Preceded by Member of Parliament for
Marine Parade GRC (MacPherson)

2011 – 2015
Constituency redrawn
New constituency Member of Parliament
for MacPherson SMC

2015 – present
Incumbent