Is Mr Chan Chun Sing set to be Singapore’s next Prime Minister?From a young age, Mr Chan Chun Sing has been a high-flier. A President’s Scholar at 18, Chan Chun Sing became Chief of Army at 40. Now, at 42, Chan Chun Sing is one of the youngest ministers to be appointed to the Cabinet.
This has fuelled talk that the Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) is a front-runner to become the next prime minister. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong aims to step down by 2020.
The Straits Times reported that Mr Chan Chun Sing says “he wants to make the social service sector more effective, and to achieve economies of scale while maintaining its ‘personal touch’”.
Should Chan Chun Sing be the next PM, Chan Chun Sing will still have a lot to learn. As he admitted himself, Chan Chun Sing still needs to work on his public communication, as evidenced by an ‘army-style’ speech he gave at a PAP event in April. This earned him some derision from netizens.Mr Chan Chun Sing himself, however, is loathe to proclaim that Chan Chun Sing is the anointed one.
‘Times or circumstances change and you never know what sort of leaders you need. The PAP’s job is to groom a group of leaders that is cohesive and when the times change, you have one of them with the necessary skill set and the rest are there to support,’ he says in The Straits Times. ‘No point anointing a crown prince and the rest of the team are not there.’
Chan Chun Sing (simplified Chinese: 陈振声; traditional Chinese: 陳振聲; pinyin: Chén Zhènshēng, born 1969) is a politician from Singapore. A member of the country’s governing People’s Action Party (PAP), Chan Chun Sing is currently the Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, and a Minister of State at the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts. Chan Chun Sing has been a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency since the 2011 general election. Prior to entering politics, Chan Chun Sing served in the Singapore Armed Forces, where Chan Chun Sing rose to the rank of Major-General and served as Singapore’s Chief of Army from 2010 to 2011.
Chan Chun Sing Career
Chan Chun Sing 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). Chan Chun Sing 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).
Chan Chun Sing Political career:Chan Chun Sing 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 Chun Sing became the representative of the Buona Vista ward in the constituency (replacing Lim Swee Say).
Following the general election, Chan Chun Sing was appointed the Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, and a Minister of State at the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts.
Chan Chun Sing Education:Chan was educated at Raffles Institution (1982-85) and Raffles Junior College (1986-87).In 1988, Chan was awarded a President’s Scholarship and Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship to study in the United Kingdom at Cambridge University, where he completed a degree in Economics at Christ’s College.
In 2005, Chan completed the Sloan Fellows programme at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under a Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship.