Alex Yam

Alex Yam Ziming (Chinese: 任梓銘; pinyin: Rèn Zǐmíng; Tamil: அலெக்ஸ் யாம் ஸிமிங்; born June 20, 1981) is a Singaporean politician. A member of the Singapore-based political party People's Action Party (PAP) since 2001, he currently serves as Mayor of North West District[1] and Member of Parliament (MP) for the Marsiling–Yew Tee Group Representation Constituency (GRC).

Alex Yam Ziming

அலெக்ஸ் யாம் ஸிமிங்
Mayor of North West District
Assumed office
27 July 2020
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Preceded byTeo Ho Pin
ConstituencyMarsiling–Yew Tee GRC (Yew Tee) (2015)
Chua Chu Kang GRC (Yew Tee) (2011-2015)
Chairman, Government Parliamentary Committee for National Development
In office
13 November 2015 – 23 June 2020
DeputyChong Kee Hiong
Preceded byNew position
Deputy Chairman, Government Parliamentary Committee for Defense & Foreign Affairs
In office
15 May 2014 – 25 August 2015
Preceded byEllen Lee Geck Hoon
Succeeded byAmrin Amin
Member of Parliament
for Marsiling–Yew Tee GRC (Yew Tee)
Assumed office
11 September 2015
Preceded byHimself (Chua Chu Kang GRC - Yew Tee)
Member of Parliament
for Chua Chu Kang GRC (Yew Tee)
In office
7 May 2011 – 25 August 2015
Preceded byYeo Cheow Tong (Hong Kah GRC - Yew Tee)
Succeeded byConstituency redrawn
Personal details
Born (1981-06-20) June 20, 1981 (age 39)
NationalitySingapore Singaporean
Political partyPeople's Action Party (2011)
Spouse(s)Jocelyn Alexandra Wong
Alma materUniversity of Kent

He is the Assistant Organising Secretary and Executive Director of the People's Action Party and also serves as Advisor to the United Workers of Petroleum Industries of the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) in Singapore.

Early life and educationEdit

Yam was born on June 20, 1981, at Mount Alvernia Hospital in Singapore. The only son of Yam Kah Heng and Lucy Yeo, he attended Maris Stella High School, graduating in 1993, followed by Dunman High School, where he graduated in 1997. He went on to study at Victoria Junior College, before obtaining in 2005 a Master's in Politics and International Relations from the University of Kent.,[2] specialising in North Asian politics and communitarianism.

While at Kent, he was elected to the Union Council representing Ethnic Minorities and International Students. He was concurrently Co-President of the University Chaplaincy.

Early careerEdit

In 2000, Yam was awarded the National Volunteers Award by the Life Insurance Association of Singapore (LIA) for his work as Honorary Secretary of HEARTS International. From 2005 to 2006, he worked at the National University of Singapore. Yam joined the National Trades Union Congress in 2006 and was Head, Strategies & Planning and Head, Youth Lab while also serving with the Singapore Industrial & Services Employees' Union as a Consultant.[2]

From 2006 to 2010, Yam served as Secretary to then Minister for the Environment Lim Swee Say in the Buona Vista Citizen's Consultative Committee and was also Chairman of the Youth Wing, having succeeded Liang Eng Hwa in both roles when Liang entered politics.

He subsequently served in Yew Tee Citizen's Consultative Committee and the Yew Tee Community Club Management Committee from 2010 to 2011 before standing for elections to succeed former Minister of Transport Yeo Cheow Tong.

Since 2009, he has served as a board member of the Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC) as a nominee of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Patron of the CDAC. From October 2015, he chaired the Outreach Committee of the CDAC, having taken over from Grace Fu who relinquished her role on becoming Minister for Culture, Community & Youth. He was later the Chairman of the newly formed Fulfilling Ageing Committee from November 2015, handing leadership of the Outreach Committee to Ong Ye Kung.

Political careerEdit

He was previously Secretary of the Young PAP General Branch and executive committee member of the Young PAP EXCO. Yam was first sworn in as a Member of Parliament for the Chua Chu Kang Group Representation Constituency on May 7, 2011, following the Singapore general election in 2011.[2] In the Singapore general election in 2015, his division of Yew Tee was redrawn into the new Marsiling–Yew Tee GRC. He was re-elected as Member of Parliament for the same division on September 11, 2015, with Lawrence Wong, Halimah Yacob and Ong Teng Koon. In the 2020 General Election, he retained his seat with Lawrence Wong, Zaqy Mohamad and Hany Soh Hui Bin.

Yam was appointed by the PAP Central Executive Committee as Deputy Executive Director of the PAP in 2012. He became Executive Director upon the retirement of Party veteran Mr Lau Ping Sum Pearce in early 2013. He relinquished his full-time role in the National Trades Union Congress and became Advisor to the United Workers of Petroleum Industries and the Reuters Local Employees Union.

He was the Deputy Chairman of the Defence & Foreign Affairs Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) and sat on the Culture, Community & Youth GPC and the Social & Family Development GPC in the 12th Parliament.[3]

In the 13th Parliament, he was elected chairman of the newly created National Development GPC and concurrently serves in the Culture, Community & Youth GPC.[4]

Yam is a member of the Estimates Committee since the 2nd session of the 13th Parliament which examines the Government's budget.

Yam is a member of the Animal Welfare Legislative Review Committee and Chairman of the Multi-Stakeholder Consultative Committee for the Codes of Animal Welfare. Together with Yeo Guat Kwang he moved a Private Member's Bill to amend the Animal & Birds Act to strengthen animal welfare legislation in 2014.[5]

He has also actively championed anti-human trafficking legislation, supporting Christopher de Souza's Private Member's Bill targeting traffickers and protecting victims.

He has served on the National Committee for Youth Guidance & Rehabilitation (NYGR) since 2011. He has been a member of the National Youth Council. He co-chairs the Sports & Arts (SPAR) sub-committee with Tin Pei Ling and was involved in the launch of the YEAH! Centre as part of the Youth Employment System (YES). Since 2018, he has been a full member of the National Committee on Prevention, Rehabilitation and Recidivism (NCPR), which replaced the NYGR.

A PCF graduate himself, Yam was appointed as a member of the Council of Management of the PAP Community Foundation in 2011 and is also a member of its Executive Committee.[6]

He is Advisor to the People's Association Integration Council as well as on the Panel of Advisors for Community Engagement.

He was appointed as Assistant Organising Secretary of the People's Action Party on 23 November 2018 following the Central Executive Committee elections.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Yam is a Cantonese Singaporean. His paternal grandfather, the late Yam Kok Yuen (Chinese: 任國源; pinyin: Rèn Guóyuán), was a Cantonese community leader representing Heshan and Zhaoqing clansmen and was a founding member of the Malayan Chinese Association in Singapore.

Yam is a Roman Catholic convert,[2] and is married to Jocelyn Alexandra Wong. They have three sons and a daughter. He and his wife are active in their parish and neighbourhood community and also lead a church support group for families who have suffered miscarriages, stillbirths or abortions.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ hermesauto (2020-07-25). "New Cabinet appointments: Changes at a glance". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  2. ^ a b c d "Mr Alex Yam Ziming". Parliament of Singapore. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  3. ^ People's Action Party "12th Parliament Of Singapore Government Parliamentary Committees" Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, Singapore May 15, 2014.
  4. ^ People's Action Party "New line-up of Government Parliamentary Committees for 13th Parliament", Singapore Nov 13, 2014.
  5. ^ AsiaOne News "Animal welfare: Extensive measures recommended to protect them", Singapore, March 01, 2013
  6. ^ PAP Community Foundation "PCF Council of Management" Archived 2014-06-25 at, Singapore, 2011
  7. ^ "Central Executive Committee". People's Action Party. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  8. ^ Yam, Alex. "Alex Yam Ziming". People's Action Party.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ellen Lee Geck Hoon
Deputy Chairman, Defence & Foreign Affairs GPC
Succeeded by
Amrin Amin
Preceded by
Office established
Chairman, National Development GPC
Parliament of Singapore
Preceded by
Yeo Cheow Tong
Member of Parliament
for Chua Chu Kang GRC (Yew Tee)

Succeeded by
Constituency redrawn
New constituency Member of Parliament
for Marsiling–Yew Tee GRC (Yew Tee)