Zaqy Mohamad

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Zaqy Mohamad
زاقي محمد
Deputy Leader of the House
Assumed office
24 August 2020
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
LeaderIndranee Rajah
Preceded byDesmond Lee
Senior Minister of State for Manpower
Assumed office
27 July 2020
Serving with Koh Poh Koon (2021–present)
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterJosephine Teo
(2020–2021)
Tan See Leng
(2021–present)
Senior Minister of State for Defence
Assumed office
27 July 2020
Serving with Heng Chee How (2018–present)
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterNg Eng Hen
Preceded byMaliki Osman
Minister of State for Manpower
In office
1 May 2018 – 26 July 2020
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterJosephine Teo
Preceded bySam Tan
Succeeded byGan Siow Huang
Minister of State for National Development
In office
1 May 2018 – 26 July 2020
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterLawrence Wong
Preceded byKoh Poh Koon
Succeeded byMuhammad Faishal Ibrahim
Tan Kiat How
Deputy Party Whip of the
People's Action Party
In office
6 June 2019 – 23 August 2020
Serving with Sim Ann (2019–present)
Secretary-GeneralLee Hsien Loong
Party WhipJanil Puthucheary
Preceded bySam Tan
Member of Parliament
for Marsiling–Yew Tee GRC
(Marsiling)
Assumed office
10 July 2020
Preceded byHalimah Yacob (PAP)
Majority29,081 (26.36%)
Member of Parliament
for Chua Chu Kang GRC
(Keat Hong)
In office
21 May 2011 – 23 June 2020
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byZhulkarnain Abdul Rahim (PAP)
Majority59,271 (53.78%)
Member of Parliament
for Hong Kah GRC
(Keat Hong)
In office
6 May 2006 – 18 April 2011
Preceded byAhmad Khalis (PAP)
Personal details
Born1974 (age 47–48)[1]
Singapore
Political partyPeople's Action Party
SpouseHaryane Mustajab[2]
Alma materNanyang Technological University (BEng, MS)
OccupationPolitician

Zaqy bin Mohamad (Jawi: زاقي محمد; born 1974)[1] is a Singaporean politician who has been serving as Deputy Leader of the House, Senior Minister or State for Manpower and Senior Minister of State for Defence concurrently since 2020. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Marsiling division of Marsiling–Yew Tee GRC since 2020.

Prior to entering politics, Zaqy had worked at Arthur Andersen, IBM Business Consulting Services, Avanade, Dimension Data and Ernst & Young.

He made his political debut in the 2006 general election as part of a five-member PAP team contesting in Hong Kah GRC and won by an uncontested walkover. He contested in Chua Chu Kang GRC in the 2011 and 2015 general elections and retained his parliamentary seat in both elections. During the 2020 general election, he contested in Marsiling–Yew Tee GRC and won.

He had served as Minister of State for National Development and Minister of State for Manpower concurrently between 2018 and 2020.

Education[edit]

Zaqy was educated at St. Michael's School, Raffles Institution and Raffles Junior College before graduating from the Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in electrical and electronic engineering. He was President of NTU Students' Union and he championed student welfare and financial assistance programmes for needy students during his tenure.[3]

He subsequently went on to complete a Master of Science degree in financial engineering at the Nanyang Technological University.[4]

Career[edit]

Zaqy was a senior consultant at Arthur Andersen from 1999 to 2002 before he became a business consultant at IBM Business Consulting Services from 2002 to 2005. He then became the Solutions Director at Avanade in 2005 before becoming Sales Head at Dimension Data in 2008. In 2014, he joined Ernst & Young as a partner with the ASEAN Business Development unit.[4]

Political career[edit]

Zaqy entered politics in the 2006 general election as part of a five-member People's Action Party (PAP) team contesting in Hong Kah GRC. After the PAP team won by an uncontested walkover, Zaqy became a Member of Parliament representing the Keat Hong ward of Hong Kah GRC. During the 2011 general election, Hong Kah GRC was reconstituted as Chua Chu Kang GRC so Zaqy contested in this new GRC as part of a five-member PAP team. They won with 61.2% of the vote against the National Solidarity Party and Zaqy continued serving as the Member of Parliament representing the Keat Hong ward of Chua Chu Kang GRC.[4]

During the 2015 general election, Zaqy joined the four-member PAP team contesting in Chua Chu Kang GRC and they won with 76.89% of the vote against the People's Power Party. Zaqy was co-opted into the PAP's Central Executive Committee on 5 January 2015, but had to leave due to regulatory compliance reasons as he was also working at Ernst & Young, which was the auditor for the PAP.[5]

On 8 August 2017, after Halimah Yacob resigned from her position as a Member of Parliament representing the Marsiling ward in Marsiling–Yew Tee GRC to participate in the 2017 presidential election, Zaqy was appointed as a grassroots adviser, under the government-linked People's Association, for the Marsiling ward.[6]

On 1 May 2018, Zaqy was appointed Minister of State at the Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Manpower. He also served as Deputy Government Whip from 6 June 2019 to 18 August 2020.[1]

In the 2020 general election, Zaqy joined the four-member PAP team contesting in Marsiling–Yew Tee GRC and they won with 63.18% of the vote against the Singapore Democratic Party, after which Zaqy became the Member of Parliament representing the Marsiling ward. On 27 July 2020, Zaqy was promoted to Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Manpower and Ministry of Defence. He also became Deputy Leader of the House in Parliament on 20 August 2020.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Zaqy is married to Haryane Mustajab,[2] the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Finance at law firm Bird & Bird ATMD.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Mr Zaqy Mohamad • 扎吉哈 • ஜாக்கி முகம்மது". Parliament of Singapore.
  2. ^ a b "MFA Press Statement: Visit by Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman to Negara Brunei Darussalam, 16 to 20 June 2018". mfa.gov.sg.
  3. ^ "A word with Lee Teng and Zaqy - HEY! The NTU Magazine". hey.ntu.edu.sg. Archived from the original on 31 January 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Member's CV" (PDF). Parliament. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Baey Yam Keng co-opted into PAP Central Executive Committee". AsiaOne. Archived from the original on 6 September 2017. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  6. ^ Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh (9 August 2017). "Zaqy to take over Marsiling grassroots adviser role". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 10 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Rolling with the punches". businesstimes.com.sg (in Kinyarwanda). Retrieved 6 October 2022.
Political offices
Preceded by Minister of State for Manpower
2018 – 2020
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of State for National Development
2018 – 2020
Succeeded by
Preceded by Senior Minister of State for Defence
2020 – present
Served alongside: Heng Chee How
Incumbent
Preceded by
Himself
as Minister of State for Manpower
Senior Minister of State for Manpower
2020 – present
Incumbent
Parliament of Singapore
Preceded by
Ahmad Khalis
Member of Parliament for
Hong Kah GRC (Keat Hong)

2006 – 2011
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for
Chua Chu Kang GRC (Keat Hong)

2011 – 2020
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for
Marsiling–Yew Tee GRC (Marsiling)

2020 – present
Incumbent