Yaw Shin Leong

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Yaw Shin Leong
Yaw Shin Leong 2011.JPG
Yaw Shin Leong during his rally speech at Serangoon Stadium as a candidate of the Workers' Party of Singapore.
Member of Parliament
for Hougang SMC
In office
7 May 2011 – 14 February 2012
Preceded byLow Thia Khiang
Succeeded byPng Eng Huat
Majority6,780 (29.63%)
Personal details
Born (1976-06-02) 2 June 1976 (age 42)
Singapore Singapore
Political partyWorkers' Party (June 2001 – February 2012)
Ng Mei Sze
(m. 2004; div. 2005)

Lau Wang Lin (m. 2008)
ResidenceMyanmar Yangon, Myanmar
EducationMBA (University of Western Sydney), BA (National University of Singapore)

Yaw Shin Leong (simplified Chinese: 饶欣龙; traditional Chinese: 饒欣龍; pinyin: Ráo Xīn Lóng; born 2 June 1976) was the Treasurer of The Workers' Party of Singapore,[2] and was a Member of Parliament representing the constituency of Hougang after the 2011 Singapore General Elections until he was expelled by the Worker's Party in February 2012.

Early life[edit]

Yaw's father died when he was 13. His widowed mother then struggled to bring up both his younger sister and himself, supporting them through tertiary education.

Yaw served as a combat medic during his National Service. He is currently with the Singapore Armed Forces' ROVERS (Reservist on Voluntary Extended Reserve Service) program.


Yaw had his secondary and pre-university education in Bukit Panjang Government High School and Jurong Junior College. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA, Merit) degree in Political Science & Sociology from National University of Singapore. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Western Sydney.[3]

Political career[edit]

Yaw joined the Workers' Party in June 2001 and was elected into Central Executive Council (CEC) a year later. He remained in CEC until 7 February 2012 when he suddenly stepped down from the post of Treasurer.[4]

In the 2006 Singapore General Election, Yaw was candidate and leader of The Workers' Party team that contested the Prime Minister's seat of Ang Mo Kio Group Representative Constituency. Made up largely of young, first-time candidates under the age of 35, the team was dubbed the "suicide squad" by the media, and the People's Action Party chairman Lim Boon Heng boldly predicted that the Prime Minister's team would win 80 to 85% of the votes, putting the "suicide squad" at risk of losing their deposits. However, Yaw's team managed to secure more than one-third of the votes against the PAP team led by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.[3]

In December 2010, Yaw published a Chinese book 'Towards Political Vibrancy & Development' (迈向政治发展与繁荣) a translation of his selected English blog posts which include reflections on his 10-odd years of political participation.[3]

Yaw became the Workers' Party candidate for Hougang Single Member Constituency during the 2011 Singapore General Election after the former MP, party leader Low Thia Khiang, opted to vacate his seat of 20 years to contest in Aljunied Group Representation Constituency with other Workers' Party candidates. Low gave Yaw his strong personal endorsement after explaining to the voters of Hougang that his decision to leave was one of the most difficult decisions in his life, saying that he needed to do so to break the PAP's monopoly on Parliament.

On 7 May 2011, Yaw won the Hougang Single Member Constituency with 64.8% of the vote beating Desmond Choo of the PAP, who took 35.1% of the vote. His margin of victory was the highest-ever achieved by the Workers' Party since it first won the constituency in 1991. Yaw, along with fellow MP, Dr Chia Shi-Lu and Mr Ong Teng Koon, was invited to join the Advisory Council on Community Relations in Defence (Accord) which he accepted.[5]

Appointments Held in Workers' Party[2][edit]

Expulsion from Party[edit]

In January 2012, news of a rumoured extramarital affair with a fellow member of the Workers' Party broke out.[6] Yaw said he did not intend to respond to the rumours.[7] In another report, a married PRC woman claimed to have had an affair with Yaw.[8]

After Yaw's resignation of his treasurer post, netizens queried and speculated on the reason for his resignation.[9]

On 15 February 2012, the Workers' Party announced that Yaw has been expelled with immediate effect, citing 'indiscretions in personal life' as reasons for expulsion.[10][11] Prior to his expulsion, the Worker's Party's Central Executive Council invited Yaw to explain himself several times, but he failed to attend the meetings.[12] Worker's Party admonished Yaw for "[breaking] the faith, trust and expectations of the Party and People".[13]

On 22 February 2012, Yaw emailed the then Speaker of Parliament, Michael Palmer, that he will not be contesting his expulsion. As a result, his seat is deemed vacant as from the date of his expulsion on 14 February 2012.

Yaw has resided in Myanmar since late 2016 after he was expelled by the Workers' Party.[14]


Yaw is the Programme Director of Eduhearts Consultancy and a Managing Partner of Easto Global LLP. He is also an adjunct Lecturer in Business Studies. He was a former full-time Business Management lecturer in Raffles College of Higher Education from 2008 to 2010.

After the end of his political career, Yaw, under the name/alias, Amos Rao, works as the senior vice-president of Shenton Co, a private education provider in Myanmar. He is also the general manager of three subsidiaries there, including Temasek International College, which provides degrees and diplomas in business and hospitality.[14]

Personal life[edit]

In 2004, Yaw married Ng Mei Sze, a teacher and a head of department at a top school. Their marriage lasted for about a year.

In 2006, Yaw got to know his current wife, Lau Wang Lin, and subsequently married her in November 2008.[15]

Yaw is a Teochew clansman of the Nanyang Pho Leng Hui Kuan and a member of the Singapore Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan.[3]


  1. ^ "Member's CV". Parliament of Singapore. Archived from the original on 19 February 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Tracing Yaw's rise and fall: A timeline". AsiaOne. 15 February 2012. Archived from the original on 18 February 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d http://wp.sg/our-organisation/executive-council/yaw-shin-leong/ Archived 24 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Yaw Shin Leong quits Workers' Party leadership". AsiaOne. 8 February 2012. Archived from the original on 10 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Hougang MP invited to join defence council". AsiaOne. Archived from the original on 3 February 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Hougang MP Yaw Shin Leong drops out of sight". The Straits Times. 28 January 2012. Archived from the original on 28 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Hougang MP Yaw Shin Leong staying mum on rumours". The Strait Times. 29 January 2012. Archived from the original on 30 January 2012.
  8. ^ "PRC woman claims to have affair with MP Yaw". InSing. 28 January 2012. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012.
  9. ^ "Yaw resigns as Workers' Party treasurer". TODAY Online. 8 February 2012. Archived from the original on 11 February 2012.
  10. ^ "Workers' Party expels Yaw Shin Leong". Channel NewsAsia. 15 February 2012. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Expulsion of Yaw Shin Leong from Party Membership" (PDF). The Straits Times. Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 February 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  12. ^ "Hougang set for by-election after Workers' Party expels Yaw Shin Leong". Yahoo News. 20 February 2012. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013.
  13. ^ "Expulsion of Yaw Shin Leong from Party Membership". The Workers' Party. Archived from the original on 29 March 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  14. ^ a b "Ex-Hougang MP Yaw now in Myanmar". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 12 December 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Yaw's personal life under scrutiny as ex-wife opens up". AsiaOne. Archived from the original on 29 October 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2018.