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Melvin Yong

Melvin Yong Yik Chye (simplified Chinese: 杨益财; traditional Chinese: 楊益財; pinyin: Yáng Yì Cái; born 19 February 1972) is a Singaporean politician and Member of the 13th Parliament of Singapore for Tanjong Pagar. He is a politician from Singapore’s main governing political party, the People’s Action Party (PAP) and an Assistant Secretary-General in the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). Yong is also the NTUC's Director (Tripartism) and Director (Workplace Safety & Health), as well as the Executive Secretary of the National Transport Workers’ Union (NTWU) and the Executive Secretary of the United Workers of Electronics & Electrical Industries (UWEEI).

Melvin Yong
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Personal details
Born (1972-02-19) 19 February 1972 (age 46)
Nationality Singaporean
Political party People's Action Party



Yong attended The Chinese High School (1985–1988) and National Junior College (1989–1990).[1] He took on a SPF scholarship in 1992 and graduated from Nanyang Technological University in 1995 with a degree in Accountancy.[1] In 2005, he received his Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Leicester.[1]


Singapore Police Force

Yong was an Assistant Commissioner of Police with the Singapore Police Force (SPF). He joined the SPF in 1995 and retired in August 2015. During his tenure, he held various key appointments, including Deputy Director (Planning & Organisation), Director (Administration & Finance), Commander of Clementi Police Division, Deputy Director (Operations) and Director (Public Affairs).[1]

In 2011, Yong started the Delta League, a youth engagement programme using football to keep youths out of trouble during the June and December school holidays. In 2015, Yong was appointed as special adviser to Delta League and continues to provide guidance on the development of the league. As of 2016, more than 14,000 youths have participated and benefited from Delta League.[2]

Clementi Police Division was awarded the “Best Land Division” in 2012 under Yong's leadership.[3]

In 2015, Yong initiated the publication of the book “Guilty As Charged”, a collection of crimes that have shaken Singapore since 1965. The publication was a collaboration between The Straits Times and the Singapore Police Force as part of SG50.[4]

Yong also served on the National Crime Prevention Council and the National Police Cadet Corps Council. He was also the Vice Chairman of the Police Sports Association and Vice Chairman of the POLWEL Cooperative Society.[5]

People's Association

Yong became a People's Association grassroots leader in 2002 when he joined the newly formed Punggol Cove Residents’ Committee (RC) as a member. He later became the RC chairman from 2005–2008 before stepping down to take on appointments in the Punggol North Citizens’ Consultative Committee (CCC). Yong was the CCC’s Treasurer (2008–2011) and Secretary (2011–2015) between 2008–2015.[6]

In 2015, Yong was appointed as a grassroots adviser to the Tanjong Pagar GRC grassroots organisations. He is also an adviser to the Neighbourhood Committee Coordinating Council.[citation needed]

Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC

On 19 August 2015, Yong was introduced as one of the PAP candidates to be fielded in Tanjong Pagar GRC at the 2015 General Election. On 11 September 2015, the PAP team for Tanjong Pagar GRC consisting of Chan Chun Sing, Indranee Rajah, Chia Shi-Lu, Joan Pereira and Melvin Yong won with 77.7% of the total votes.[7]

Yong is a member of both the Transport Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) and the Community, Culture & Youth GPC.[8]

On 7 October 2015, Yong was appointed as Chairman of Tanjong Pagar Town Council, taking over from Lily Neo.[9]

National Trades Union Congress

In September 2015, Yong joined the NTUC as a Director (Industrial Relations Field).[10] As a trade union-affiliated MP, Yong delivered his maiden parliamentary speech at the Debate on President’s Address, focusing on the importance of tripartism as Singapore’s key economic advantage.[11]

Yong was also appointed a Member of the National Wages Council since 2016.[12]

After a spate of lift breakdowns in late 2016, Yong wrote on the struggles of lift technicians in Singapore on the NTUC's blog Labourbeat.[13] He subsequently became the Chairman of the Lift & Escalator Sectoral Tripartite Committee[14] to work on a Manpower Development Plan for the lift and escalator industry.

On 1 January 2017, Yong was appointed Director (Tripartism), relinquishing his position as Director (Industrial Relations Field). In the same year, Yong was appointed as a member of the Workplace Safety & Health Council and as NTUC’s Director (Workplace Safety & Health).

Yong was appointed as the Assistant Secretary-General on 1 April 2018.[15]

United Workers of Electronics & Electrical Industries (UWEEI)

On 1 January 2016, Yong joined the United Workers of Electronics & Electrical Industries (UWEEI) as its Deputy Executive Secretary[16] and subsequently took over from Heng Chee How as the Executive Secretary on 1 June 2016.

National Transport Workers’ Union (NTWU)

On 1 February 2016, Yong was appointed the Executive Secretary of the National Transport Workers’ Union (NTWU). According to the LTA website, Yong played a key role in the transition of the Singapore public bus industry to the Government Bus Contracting Model.[17]

On 1 September 2017, Yong was appointed a board member of the Land Transport Authority.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

Yong is married and has two children with his wife Connie.[5] He is a Roman Catholic.


  1. ^ a b c d "MELVIN YONG YIK CHYE 杨益财" (PDF). Parliament of Singapore. 
  2. ^ "Delta League" (PDF). National Crime Prevention Council. 2013. 
  3. ^ "Clementi cops bag best land division award for 7th time". AsiaOne. 23 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Guilty As Charged: Shocking crimes that have shaken Singapore since 1965". The Straits Times. 14 May 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "MELVIN YONG YIK CHYE" (PDF). PAP. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "New MP and Aljunied candidate take up senior posts at NTUC". The Straits Times. 22 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Government Parliamentary Committees". PAP. 
  9. ^ "Tanjong Pagar Town Council Annual Report 2015/2016" (PDF). Tanjong Pagar Town Council. 21 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Opening of Singapore's Parliament: Who are the new MPs making their debut?". AsiaOne. 15 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "Speech by Melvin Yong (MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC) at the Debate on President's Address on 25 January 2016". Melvin Yong's Facebook. 2016. 
  12. ^ "National Wages Council". Singapore Tripartism Forum. 
  13. ^ "Melvin Yong: Uplifting the Lift Industry - LabourBeat". LabourBeat. 2016-10-07. Retrieved 2018-04-09. 
  14. ^ "First Lift & Escalator Sectoral Tripartite Committee (STC) meeting". Facebook. 20 March 2017. 
  15. ^ "Melvin Yong and Desmond Choo to move up as NTUC assistant secretaries-general". The Straits Times. 23 February 2018. 
  16. ^ "New MP and Aljunied candidate take up senior posts at NTUC". The Straits Times. 22 September 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  17. ^ "BUS INDUSTRY TO COMPLETE TRANSITION TO BUS CONTRACTING MODEL ON 1 SEPTEMBER 2016". Land Transport Authority. 11 August 2016. 
  18. ^ "6 new members appointed to board of Land Transport Authority". The Straits Times. 31 August 2017. 

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