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Tan Chuan-Jin
Born 1969
Nationality Singaporean
Alma mater London School of Economics,
King's College London,
National University of Singapore
Political party People's Action Party
Religion Christianity[1]

Tan Chuan-Jin (simplified Chinese: 陈川仁; traditional Chinese: 陳川仁; pinyin: Chén Chuānrén; born 1969) is a Singaporean politician. A member of the country's governing People's Action Party (PAP), he is currently the Acting Minister in the Ministry of Manpower, and a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency.[2] Before entering politics, he served in the Singapore Army, rising to the rank of Brigadier-General.

Career[edit | edit source]

Military career[edit | edit source]

Tan joined the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in 1987. He went on to hold the positions of Commander of the 7th Singapore Infantry Brigade, Commander of the Army's 3rd Division, Assistant Chief of General Staff (Plans) and Chief of the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), and rose to the rank of Brigadier-General.[3][4] Following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, Tan served as the commander of the SAF's Humanitarian Assistance Task Force in Meulaboh, Indonesia.[5][6] In 2009, Tan served as the Chairman of the Executive Committee for Singapore's National Day Parade. Tan left the SAF on 25 March 2011 in order to stand for Parliament.

Political career[edit | edit source]

Tan stood as a PAP candidate in the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency at the 2011 general election. The PAP's team in the constituency defeated the team from the opposition National Solidarity Party, claiming 56.65% of the votes. Tan has since served as the MP responsible for the Kembangan-Chai Chee ward. He is currently serving as the Acting Minister for Manpower for Singapore.

Education[edit | edit source]

Tan was educated at Anglo-Chinese School and Raffles Junior College. In 1988, he was awarded an SAF Overseas Scholarship to study in the United Kingdom, where he completed a BSc (Econ) degree at the London School of Economics and a Master of Arts degree in Defence Studies at King's College London.[7] In 2008, he completed a Master in Public Management degree at the National University of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Tan is married with two children. He is an avid photographer and enjoys reading, watching movies and football.

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