Abdul Shariff Aboo Kassim (Singapore Politician)

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Abdul Shariff Aboo Kassim
Abdul Shariff Bin Aboo Kassim.jpg
Born1966
EducationBachelor of Science (Economics), Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration
Alma materSingapore Management University (SMU)

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Abdul Shariff Bin Aboo Kassim (born 1966) is a Singaporean politician and a former researcher and project coordinator.[1][2] In June 2020, he was announced as a Workers’ Party (WP) candidate for the 2020 General Elections and contested in East Coast GRC.[3][4][5]

Background[edit | edit source]

Abdul Shariff took a break from his studies during his last year of secondary school to enter the workforce as a factory worker.[6] His varied experience includes working as a market shop assistant, security guard, dispatch rider and undertaker.[7] He has also worked as a technical support officer at the Ministry of Law.[8] While studying at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, he worked as a NightRider bus driver and relief taxi driver to pay his expenses.[9] He entered the engineering industry after receiving his diploma.[10] To enter politics in 2020, Abdul Shariff had to resign from his position as a researcher and project coordinator as his employer has a “policy of non-partisanship”.[11] As of July 2020, he is married with two children.[12]

Education[edit | edit source]

Abdul Shariff took his GCE 'O' Level examinations as a private candidate.[13] After which, he studied electrical engineering Ngee Ann Polytechnic.[14] He furthered his studies at Singapore Management University (SMU) and graduated with a degree in economics.[15]

Post-graduate studies[edit | edit source]

Abdul Shariff holds a master’s degree in tri-sector collaboration from SMU.[16]

Workers' Party - Grassroots involvement[edit | edit source]

Abdul Shariff pictured on his campaign trail in 2020. Photo from Facebook.

Abdul Shariff began volunteering with the Workers’ Party (WP) in 2012.[17] He has experience doing grassroots work in the Eunos division of Aljunied GRC. Abdul Shariff has also assisted at MP Pritam Singh’s Meet-the-People sessions, welfare outreach programmes and other events.[18]

Politics[edit | edit source]

General Elections 2020 - Candidate (East Coast GRC)[edit | edit source]

Abdul Shariff was introduced as a Workers’ Party (WP) candidate on 28 June 2020.[19] According to his personal profile on WP his hopes for Singapore are:[20]

1. That all understand that political opposition is a necessary part of a democracy to ensure checks and balances, good governance and voters’ policy choices.
2. Acceptance that the values and principles enshrined in the pledge are not mere aspirations but targets.
3. That the poor, elderly, single-mothers (including unwed ones), ethnic minorities, the disabled, and other groups are not excluded from the vision of an inclusive society and that misconceptions about them are dispelled.
4. The building of a harmonious society held together by genuine understanding and appreciation between diverse groups and not mere tolerance for one another due to compulsion by law.

With 46.59 per cent of the votes, the Workers' Party team lost East Cost GRC to the People's Action Party (PAP) team led by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Wee Keat.[21]

References/ Citations[edit | edit source]

  1. Abdul Shariff Bin Aboo Kassim. “Personal Profile”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  2. Tang, See Kit., Chew, Hui Min. “GE2020: Workers’ Party unveils final batch of prospective candidates, including one newcomer”. Channel News Asia. June 28, 2020. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  3. Shiao, Vivien. “WP unveils fourth and final slate of candidates, with one new face”. Business Times. June 28, 2020. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  4. Workers’ Party unveils final GE2020 candidates, including lawyer He Ting Ru”. AsiaOne. June 28, 2020. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  5. Ang, Jolene. “Singapore GE2020: WP braced for good fight in East Coast GRC. The Straits Times. July 2, 2020. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  6. Abdul Shariff Bin Aboo Kassim. “Personal Profile”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  7. Rosario, Beatrice Del. “”Mad respect” for varied work experience of WP candidate Abdul Shariff”. Independent SG. July 1, 2020. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  8. Abdul Shariff Bin Aboo Kassim. Facebook. June 29, 2020. Accessed on 7 July 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/abdulshariff.sg/posts/
  9. Rosario, Beatrice Del. “”Mad respect” for varied work experience of WP candidate Abdul Shariff”. Independent SG. July 1, 2020. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  10. Abdul Shariff Bin Aboo Kassim. “Abdul Shariff Bin Aboo Kassim”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  11. Tang, See Kit., Chew, Hui Min. “GE2020: Workers’ Party unveils final batch of prospective candidates, including one newcomer”. Channel News Asia. June 28, 2020. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  12. Abdul Shariff Bin Aboo Kassim. “Abdul Shariff Bin Aboo Kassim”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  13. Abdul Shariff Bin Aboo Kassim. Facebook. June 29, 2020. Accessed on 7 July 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/abdulshariff.sg/posts/
  14. Abdul Shariff Bin Aboo Kassim. “Abdul Shariff Bin Aboo Kassim”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  15. Abdul Shariff Bin Aboo Kassim. “Personal Profile”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  16. Abdul Shariff Bin Aboo Kassim. “Personal Profile”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  17. Tang, See Kit., Chew, Hui Min. “GE2020: Workers’ Party unveils final batch of prospective candidates, including one newcomer”. Channel News Asia. June 28, 2020. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  18. Abdul Shariff Bin Aboo Kassim. “Personal Profile”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  19. Tang, See Kit., Chew, Hui Min. “GE2020: Workers’ Party unveils final batch of prospective candidates, including one newcomer”. Channel News Asia. June 28, 2020. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  20. Abdul Shariff Bin Aboo Kassim. “Hopes for Singapore”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  21. "2020 PARLIAMENTARY GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS". Elections Department Singapore. Accessed on 13 July 2020.