Desmond Tan (Singapore Politician)

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Desmond Tan
Desmond Tan Kok Ming.jpg
Born1970
EducationBachelor of Engineering (Aeronautical Engineering)

Master of Arts (Defence Strategic Studies)

Master of Business Administration
Alma materUniversity of Manchester (1991 - 1994) Kings College London (2000 - 2001)

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Desmond Tan Kok Ming (born 1970) was the Chief Executive Director at People's Association (PA).[1] In June 2020, he was announced as a People's Action Party (PAP) candidate for the 2020 General Elections and contested in Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC.[2] As of 10 July 2020, he is an elected Member of Parliament (MP).

Background[edit | edit source]

Desmond Tan joined the People's Association in 2017 and stepped down in early June 2020.[3] He previously worked with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) for 28 years,[4] having held numerous appointments in the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and SAF.[5]

Early life & family[edit | edit source]

Desmond Tan was born in 1970 to a father who worked as a taxi driver and mother who was an odd-job worker.[6] He has three siblings and grew up in a three-room flat in Bukit Ho Swee.[7] As of 2020, he is married with three children.[8]

Education[edit | edit source]

Desmond Tan was a student at Queenstown Secondary Technical School before joining Raffles Junior College. He furthered his studies at Victoria University of Manchester with the support of the Singapore Armed Forces Merit Scholarship.[9] Desmond Tan graduated in 1994 with a first-class honours degree in aeronautical engineering.

Post-graduate studies[edit | edit source]

In 2000, Desmond Tan received a masters degree in Defence Strategic Studies from Kings College London.[10] Eight years later, he attained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Nanyang Technological University (NTU).[11]

Politics[edit | edit source]

General Elections 2020 - Candidate (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC)[edit | edit source]

Desmond Tan was introduced as a People's Action Party (PAP) candidate on 24 June 2020. On the PAP website, he is quoted to have said:

"Never leave the left-overs for our family."[12]

The People's Action Party team won Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC with 64.15 per cent of the votes.[13]

References/ Citations[edit | edit source]

  1. "Desmond Tan Kok Ming". LinkedIn. Accessed on 26 June 2020.
  2. "Singapore GE2020: Profiles of PAP's new candidates". The Straits Times. June 25, 2020. Accessed on 26 June 2020.
  3. "PA chief executive director to step down, leave public service". The Straits Times. June 6, 2020. Accessed on 26 June 2020.
  4. People's Action Party. "PAP Candidate: Desmond Tan Kok Ming". YouTube. June 30, 2020. Accessed on 9 July 2020.
  5. "BG Tan Kok Ming Desmond". People's Association. Accessed on 26 June 2020.
  6. "Singapore GE2020: Profiles of PAP's new candidates". The Straits Times. June 25, 2020. Accessed on 26 June 2020.
  7. Ibid.
  8. "Mr Desmond Tan Kok Ming". People's Action Party. Accessed on 9 July 2020.
  9. "BG Tan Kok Ming Desmond". People's Association. Accessed on 26 June 2020.
  10. "Desmond Tan Kok Ming". LinkedIn. Accessed on 26 June 2020.
  11. "BG Tan Kok Ming Desmond". People's Association. Accessed on 26 June 2020.
  12. "Mr Desmond Tan Kok Ming". People's Action Party. Accessed on 9 July 2020.
  13. "2020 PARLIAMENTARY GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS". Elections Department Singapore. Accessed on 13 July 2020.