Potential new PAP candidates GE 2020

PAP candidate Brigadier-General (NS) Gan Siow Huang, former Chief of Staff – Air Staff is an alumna of Raffles Girls’ Secondary School, Victoria Junior College, London School of Economics UK and MIT Sloan MBA program. She is an SAF Merit Scholar and Deputy Commissioner of Girl Guides Singapore ( she was a Brownie and Girl Guide in her youth) She trained at the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College and was their top student. She is Singapore’s first female Brigadier-General joining the ranks of 20-plus Generals and Admirals in Singapore Armed Forces during her time. She serves as a mentor on the Young Women’s Leadership Connection. BG (NS) Gan has achieved much in her life thus far despite her humble family background growing up – her father was a taxi driver and her mother was a housewife.


PAP candidate Alvin Tan is Head of Public Policy and Economics (APAC) at Linkedin and a former senior executive of Facebook and former Vice-President and Executive Director of Goldman Sachs Asia-Pacific. His academic training includes a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) degree from the University of Sydney. He attended Anglo-Chinese School Independent and Anglo-Chinese Junior College. He is a former Counter-Terrorism Analyst at Ministry of Defence and also served in East Timor as part of the United Nations Transitional Administration between 2001 and 2002. He is an active grassroots leader at Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng with MP Lily Neo and is now supporting MP Melvin Yong at Moulmein-Cairnhill  (MP Melvin Yong was an Assistant Commissioner of Police who commanded Clementi Police Division)


PAP candidate Rachel Ong Sin Yen, is founder of ROHEI, a training and consulting company which conducts training courses for PSC scholars and also runs programs for other government and non-government organisations. A graduate of INSEAD/Tsinghua double MBA program, she is also founder of TRYBE, a charity focused on at-risk youths. According to press reports, she is strongly anchored on Christian principles and values which informs her inspired style of running her business.


PAP candidate Derrick Goh Soon Hee is Managing Director and Head of Group Audit at DBS Bank. He is Vice-Chairman of Gambas-Yishun CCC. He is an accountancy graduate of Nanyang Technological University and holds a MBA degree from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (same university as Donald Trump and Wee Teng Wen from the UOB bank family). Derrick Goh is a former senior credit card executive with American Express Inc. Derrick Goh is an alumnus of St Stephen School, St Patrick School and Victoria Junior College. He won Police NS Man of The Year Award for his police contributions. Deputy Assistant Commissioner(DAC) (NS) Derrick Goh is Deputy Commander(NS) of Bedok Police Division. In this role, he oversees NS men training, operations and administration at Bedok Police Division. DAC (NS) Derrick Goh has served over 33 years in the Singapore Police Force.


PAP candidate Ms Mariam Jaafar is a Managing Director and Partner of Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Her executive training includes an MBA from Harvard University and a MS degree from Stanford University. Before BCG, she worked at Singapore Technologies (ST) and Barclays Bank. In her free time, she sits on the board of governors of Raffles Girls Secondary School and co-chair with MTI Minister Chan Chun Sing, the Subcommittee on the Future of Connectivity within the 30-member National Committee for Future Economy which is headed by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat.


PAP candidate Colonel Eric Chua Swee Leong, PBM, Assistant Director of Operations Plans and Projects at Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) is concurrently the Director of SG Secure Programme Office at the Ministry of Home Affairs. He is former Commander of 3rd SCDF Division with responsibilities for operations and training. He is a PSC Local Merit Scholar(Civil Defence) and graduated with a Bachelor of Communication Studies degree from Nanyang Technological University. He is the Chairman of Cairnhill CCMC and former Chairman of Central Youth Council of PA Youth Movement. He also sits on LTA Active Mobility Advisory Panel and on the board of VSA – Very Special Arts Singapore Ltd. Colonel Eric Chua also served as Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to the President of the Republic of Singapore, being part of the pioneer batch of SCDF ADCs. During the 2004 Asian Tsunami Disaster, he was involved in the SCDF search and rescue operations at Khao Lak ,Thailand.


PAP candidate Dr Tan See Leng is the former CEO of IHH Healthcare Berhad and Parkway Pantai Limited. In 2016, he won Best Executive in Malaysia in AsiaMoney’s Best Managed Companies Awards. In this capacity, his annual income was RM 33.89 million as reported by Corporate Governance Monitor which is published by Malaysia’s Securities Council. Dr Tan holds MBBS and MMed degrees from National University of Singapore and an MBA degree from University of Chicago. He is an ex-colleague of Goh Chok Tong’s son, Dr Goh Jin Hian. In addition to his professional commitments, he serves in various organisations including as board member of Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise with former PAP MP Sin Boon Ann. Dr Tan also served a very short stint as Chairman of Jalan Senang NC under former cabinet minister George Yeo.  When he graduated as a young doctor, he broke his bond with the Ministry of Health to start Healthway Medical Clinic with some partners. Dr Tan studied at National Junior College and Monk’s Hill Secondary School. In 2015, he was awarded Asia Innovator of the Year by CNBC. In 2016, Business Times reported that he bought an exclusive 16, 224 sq ft Good Class Bungalow along Pierce Road for about S$24 million.



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Notable quotes from Lee Kuan Yew and selected Singapore leaders:

” Rest on laurels?  I wish I could do that.  No, you rest when you are dead.”Lee Kuan Yew

Ministers are not all paid the same because their contributions are not the same. I see it like this: The PM is the CEO of a team and he’s got to make that team work. And the team costs less than 0.02% of GDP or less than what Mindef has to pay for one F15 fighter aircraft”Lee Kuan Yew

” A leader can be made provided he is born.”Lee Kuan Yew

I tell people frankly God has made you that way. I’m not God. I cannot remake you. I can give you extra tuition, better environment, but the incremental benefits are not that much. And their peers with bigger engines will also make progress. So the gap will never be closed.”Lee Kuan Yew

” So there are alpha males and there are omega males.. but if you are omega, then all the training will not make you a platoon commander.”
Lee Kuan Yew

“Of all my Cabinet colleagues, it was Goh Keng Swee who made the greatest difference to the outcome for Singapore…When he held a contrary view, he would challenge my decisions and make me re-examine the premises on which they were made. As a result, we reached better decisions for Singapore.” – Lee Kuan Yew

“I used to play golf, but found it did not give me vitality because it’s a slothful game… Nine holes of golf will take you one and a half, two hours. I run in 20 minutes, I feel better off. So the cost benefit made me drop golf. ” – Lee Kuan Yew

“If all the 300 (top civil servants and political elite) were to crash in one jumbo jet, then Singapore will disintegrate.”Lee Kuan Yew on the Old Guard ministers and top civil servants

Between being loved and being feared, I have always believed Machiavelli was right. If nobody is afraid of me, I’m meaningless.” – Lee Kuan Yew

I have never been over-concerned or obsessed with opinion polls or popularity polls. I think a leader who is, is a weak leader. If you are concerned with whether your rating will go up or down, then you are not a leader. You are just catching the wind…you will go where the wind is blowing.
Lee Kuan Yew

Friendship, in international relations, is not a function of goodwill or personal affection. We must make ourselves relevant so that other countries have an interest in our continued survival and prosperity as a sovereign and independent nation.”Lee Kuan Yew

We have to live with the world as it is, not as we wish it should be. We must remain nimble to seize opportunities that come with changing circumstances.” – Lee Kuan Yew

Change is the very essence of life. The moment we cease to change, to be able to adapt, to adjust, to respond effectively to new situations, then we have begun to die.” – Lee Kuan Yew

” A military presence does not need to be used to be useful.”-  Lee Kuan Yew

Do not judge a man until you’ve closed his coffin.” – Lee Kuan Yew

To run a country, you need to have a feel for the people.” – Lee Kuan Yew

It is better to have stallions, which we occasionally have to pull back, than to have donkeys you have to kick to move.” –  Goh Keng Swee

” The only way to avoid making mistakes is not to do anything. And that, in the final analysis, will be the ultimate mistake.”Goh Keng Swee

Politics is incessant and the pressure is continuous. Politics being a service industry, the customer is always right.” – George Yeo

” Newspapers are like politicians. They try to influence public opinion… we can’t allow two forces to contend for public opinion.” –  Goh Chok Tong

Every organisation requires a different leadership style. A good leader is not one who has a particular style – though we all have our own idiosyncrasies – but one who can bring out the best from his team by adapting his leadership style.” – Chan Chun Sing


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Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”Albert Einstein

Wisdom comes not from age, but from education and learning.” – Anton Chekhov

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” – Aristotle

I am always doing that which I cannot do in order that I may learn how to do it.” – Pablo Picasso

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” J F Kennedy

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

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