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Chan Chun Sing

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Prime Minister
Prime Minister
Kwong Kait Fong

Preceded by
Preceded by
Prime Minister
Lee Hsien Loong

Chan Sing

Preceded by
Lim Swee Say


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9 October 1969 ( Age 50 ) Singapore


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Chan Chun Sing (simplified Chinese: 陈振声; traditional Chinese: 陳振聲; pinyin: Chén Zhèn Shēng; Jyutping: Can4 Zan3-sing1; Tamil: சன் சுன் செங்; born 9 October 1969) is a Singaporean politician. A member of the country's governing People's Action Party (PAP), he is currently Minister in Prime Minister's Office and the Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). On 1 October 2015, Chan was appointed Deputy Chairman of the People’s Association. He has been a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency since the 2011 general election. Prior to entering politics, he served in the Singapore Armed Forces, where he rose to the rank of Major-General and served as Singapore's Chief of Army from 2010 to 2011.


Chan Chun Sing smiling and wearing white polo while the woman beside him is also smiling and wearing a black blouse

Ge2015 chan chun sing speaks at the pap rally at tiong bahru sep 2


Chan Chun Sing smiling while wearing a black coat and white long sleeves

Chan Chun Sing was educated at Raffles Institution (1982–85) and Raffles Junior College (1986–87). Chan was one of the top four scorers from Raffles Junior College for the GCE A Levels in 1987.

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In 1988, Chan was awarded a President's Scholarship and Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship to study in the University of Cambridge, where he completed a degree in economics at Christ's College and graduated with First Class Honours.

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In 2005, Chan completed the Sloan Fellows programme at the MIT Sloan School of Management under a Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship.

Military career

Chan served in the Singapore Army from 1987 to 2011. His appointments included Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment (1998-2000), Army Attaché in Jakarta (2001–03), Commander of the 10th Singapore Infantry Brigade (2003–04), Head of the Joint Plans and Transformation Department (2005–07), Commander of the 9th Division / Chief Infantry Officer (2007–09), and Chief of Staff - Joint Staff (2009–10).

Chan was appointed the Chief of Army on 26 March 2010 (replacing Major-General Neo Kian Hong). He left the Singapore Armed Forces on 25 March 2011 in order to stand for Parliament (and was replaced as Chief of Army by Brigadier-General Ravinder Singh).

Early political career

Chan was a PAP candidate in the Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency at the 2011 general election. The PAP's team in the constituency was led by former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, and was declared elected on Nomination Day (27 April 2011) in a walkover. Chan became the representative of the Buona Vista ward in the constituency (replacing Lim Swee Say). During the election campaign, Chan used the Hokkien phrase "kee chiu" (meaning "hands up") at a rally to engage the crowd, and the term became a well-known nickname for him in Singapore.

Following the general election, Chan was appointed the Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, and the Minister of State at the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts. At the age of 42 then, Chan was one of the youngest ministers to be appointed to the Singapore Cabinet.

On 31 July 2012, Chan relinquished his appointment in MICA and was appointed as Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF). Following a restructuring of government ministries in November 2012, he began heading the newly created Ministry of Social and Family Development as Acting Minister. He was promoted to full Minister in September 2013, and concurrently serves as Second Minister for Defence.

On 23 January 2015, Chan joined the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) on a part-time basis. He was appointed as NTUC's deputy secretary-general on 27 January 2015 and will join NTUC full-time from April.

On 1 October 2015, Chan is appointed Deputy Chairman of the People’s Association

Chan is seen as one of the frontrunners for the top position of the fourth-generation of PAP leaders.

Minister for Social and Family Development (2013 - 2015)

Chan has announced three key priorities for his Ministry in the Committee of Supply debate 2014. These priorities are: (i) to maintain the currency and adequacy of Singapore's social support policies, (ii) to deliver integrated social services and (iii) to develop manpower for the social service sector.


  • Launched the first of 23 Social Service Offices to bring social assistance touch points closer to the populace.
  • Revised the tender evaluation process for commercial childcare centres. The joint effort by ECDA and HDB will keep rental costs in HDB estates manageable, and in turn keep childcare programmes affordable.
  • More infrastructure support to benefit non-Anchor Operators (AOP) setting up preschools in high demand areas and workplaces. Non-AOPs who provide quality and affordable programmes can tap on a Teaching & Learning Resources Grant of up to $4,000 per year for materials and equipment.
  • 2014

  • Marriage Preparation Programme for Singapore-foreigner couples will be offered at Singapore's Registry of Marriages.
  • Marriage Support Programme for couples to manage cross-cultural differences as they settle down.
  • More career developmental pathways for early childhood professionals. This includes internships for trainee teachers, upgrading diplomas for in-service professionals, and the Early Childhood Development Agency's (ECDA) Fellow scheme for leaders of the early childhood sector.
  • Enhancements to be made to the Kindergarten Fee Assistance Scheme (KiFAS), making it more affordable for low and middle income families. KiFAS is expected to benefit about 17,000 Singaporean children each year.
  • Outlined key areas of focus for the social service sector at the Social Service Partners Conference 2014. These include supporting vulnerable elderly and transnational families, building deep professional capabilities in the social service sector, and having an integrated service delivery to help those in need.
  • Under the call for proposals for new preschool Anchor Operators (AOPs), three new centres were appointed as AOPs. The AOP scheme was introduced in 2009 to provide funding support for eligible operators to provide quality and affordable early childhood care and education services for the market.
  • Launched a transport concession scheme for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), benefitting about 50,000 PWDs.
  • 2015

  • Replied to a question in Parliament that there will be no change to a policy that discriminates against single mothers — single mothers will continue to get only eight of the 16 weeks paid maternity leave that married mothers are entitled to, and will still not be entitled to claim a child relief tax incentive.
  • Personal life

    Chan grew up in a single parent household. His mother Kwong Kait Fong was a machine operator and he has a sister Siew Yin. Chan is married with a daughter and two sons.


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