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Sam Tan (politician)

Sam Tan Chin Siong (simplified Chinese: 陈振泉; traditional Chinese: 陳振泉; pinyin: Chén Zhèn Quán, born (1958-10-13)13 October 1958) is a Singaporean politician. He is currently Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, as well as the Ministry of Manpower. He also assumed the role of Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when changes were announced to the Cabinet. He had previously served as a Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.[1] He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Radin Mas Single Member Constituency (Radin Mas SMC).[2]

Sam Tan Chin Siong
陈振泉
Sam Tan Chin Siong March 2013 (8579510065).jpg
Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office
Assumed office
2011
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
1 May 2017
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister
Mrs Josephine Teo, Second Minister
Minister of State, Ministry of Manpower
Assumed office
1 October 2015
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Minister Lim Swee Say, Minister
Mrs Josephine Teo, Second Minister
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for Radin Mas SMC
Assumed office
7 May 2011
Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
In office
1 May 2011 – 30 September 2015
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Minister Lawrence Wong
Mayor of Central Singapore District
In office
27 May 2011 – 26 May 2014
Preceded by Zainudin Nordin
Succeeded by Denise Phua
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for Tanjong Pagar GRC
(Radin Mas)
In office
27 April 2006 – 18 April 2011
Personal details
Born (1958-10-13) 13 October 1958 (age 59)
Singapore
Nationality Singaporean
Political party People's Action Party

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Political careerEdit

Tan started his political career in the 2006 general election season at Tanjong Pagar GRC. There were no opposition candidates for that ward in that election, resulting in a walkover.[3]

Tan was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and also the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts from July 2009 to October 2009. He was then promoted to Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the same ministries in November 2009. Tan served in that capacity until May 2011.[4]

In 2011, the district within the GRC that he was a member of was carved out as Radin Mas Single Member Constituency (Radin Mas SMC). Tan faced a challenge from veteran Yip Yew Weng of the National Solidarity Party after two other political parties (Reform Party and Singapore Democratic Alliance) withdrew in favour of the NSP.[5] He won by a large margin, garnering 67.10% of the votes.[6]

Tan was appointed Senior Parliamentary Secretary, for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and also the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports in May 2011. He was also appointed Mayor of the Central Singapore District.[7]

On 28 September 2015, it was announced that Tan will be the Ministers of State for Manpower from 1 October 2015.[8]

Non-political careerEdit

Tan started his career at the People's Association (PA). From 1992 to 1997, he was the Deputy Executive Director and subsequently Executive Director in 1997 of the Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC).[9]

From 2007 to 2009, he was CEO of Business China.

Notable awardsEdit

EducationEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "PM Lee announces new Cabinet lineup". Straits Times. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.elections.gov.sg/gazette%5CG_ParE2011%5C2011-05-09%20Candidates%20declared%20to%20have%20been%20elected.pdf#zoom=100 Singapore Election Department : Gazette Notification on Candidates declared to have been elected Members of Parliament (2011)
  3. ^ Singapore Elections. "2006 General Elections". Archived from the original on 2012-04-24. 
  4. ^ "CV of Sam Tan Chin Siong". Singapore Parliament. 
  5. ^ http://www.straitstimes.com/GeneralElection/News/Story/STIStory_653497.html
  6. ^ Singapore Elections. "GE 2011". Archived from the original on 2012-03-30. 
  7. ^ "CV of Sam Tan Chin Siong". Singapore Parliament. 
  8. ^ "Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announces Singapore's new Cabinet". Channel NewsAsia. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  9. ^ http://app1.mcys.gov.sg/AboutMCYS/OurPeople/SeniorParliamentarySecretary.aspx, retrieved 24 May 2011  Missing or empty |title= (help)
Government offices
Preceded by
Zainudin Nordin
Mayor of Central Singapore District
27 May 2011 – 26 May 2014
Succeeded by
Denise Phua