Edward Chia (Singapore Politician)

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Edward Chia
Edward Chia PAP.jpg
Born1984
EducationBachelor of Arts (Economics, Political Science)
Alma materNational University of Singapore (NUS)

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Edward Chia Bing Hui (born 1984) is a Singaporean politician and the co-founder and managing director of the food and beverage company, Timbre Group. In June 2020, he was announced as a People's Action Party (PAP) candidate for the 2020 General Elections and contested in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC.[1] As of 10 July 2020, he is an elected Member of Parliament (MP).

Background[edit | edit source]

Edward Chia co-founded Timbre Group at 21 years old before entering university.[2] In a video that was published on 29 June 2020, he shared that Timbre began as an idea to provide musicians in Singapore a platform to showcase their talent while earning a living from their craft.[3] In 2004, he won the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) Gold Award for his work at the Timbre Group.[4]

Early life & family[edit | edit source]

Edward Chia was born in 1984 to a father who ran an events company and a mother who was a housewife.[5] He has two younger siblings.

Education[edit | edit source]

Edward Chia went to Maris Stella High School.[6] He then studied at National Junior College before furthering his studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS).[7] He graduated in 2007 with a double degree in Economics and Political Science.[8]

Timbre Group[edit | edit source]

Co-founder & Managing Director (2005 - present day)[edit | edit source]

Edward Chia and his business partner, Danny Loong, founded Timbre Group in 2005.[9] The Timbre Group's first outlet was at The Substation[10] before it expanded to include another outlet at the Arts House and a bilingual live music and dining venue called Switch by Timbre X. Apart from these venues, the Timbre Group also operates social-enterprise hawker centres like the 700-seater Timbre+ [11] and also the Yishun Park Hawker Centre that consists of 43 stalls.[12][13]

Politics[edit | edit source]

General Elections 2020 - Candidate (Holland-Bukit Timah GRC)[edit | edit source]

Edward Chia was introduced as a People's Action Party (PAP) candidate on 24 June 2020.[14] On the PAP website, he is quoted to have said:

"I believe in the strength of communities because it has the grit and gumption to overcome challenges and seize opportunities. I hope to be part of your community so that we can build a brighter future for all of us."[15]

The People's Action Party team won Holland-Bukit Timah GRC with 66.36 per cent of the votes.[16]

References/ Citations[edit | edit source]

  1. Nabilah Awang, Ng Jun Sen and Daryl Choo. "GE2020: PAP unveils 8 new candidates, including UOB banker and former People's Association chief". TODAY. June 24, 2020. 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. People's Action Party. "PAP Candidate: Edward Chia Bing Hui". YouTube. June 29, 2020. Accessed on 9 July 2020.
  4. "National Council". NATIONAL YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. Accessed on 26 June 2020.
  5. Lui, John. "The Life Interview with Timbre Group's Edward Chia: Changing Singaporeans, one tray at a time". The Straits Times. May 23, 2016. Accessed on 26 June 2020.
  6. Lui, John. "The Life Interview with Timbre Group's Edward Chia: Changing Singaporeans, one tray at a time". The Straits Times. May 23, 2016. Accessed on 26 June 2020.
  7. "Singapore GE2020: Profiles of PAP's new candidates". The Straits Times. June 25, 2020. Accessed on 26 June 2020.
  8. "Edward Chia". LinkedIn. Accessed on 9 July 2020.
  9. "Edward Chia". LinkedIn. Accessed on 9 July 2020.
  10. Lui, John. "The Life Interview with Timbre Group's Edward Chia: Changing Singaporeans, one tray at a time". The Straits Times. May 23, 2016. Accessed on 26 June 2020.
  11. Quek, Eunice. "Timbre tunes in to food". The Straits Times. March 27, 2016. Accessed on 17 July 2020.
  12. "Yishun Park Hawker Centre run by Timbre opens for business". Channel News Asia. September 21, 2017. Accessed on 17 July 2020.
  13. Goh, Timothy. "Timbre Group to run new Yishun hawker centre". The Straits Times. June 15, 2017. Accessed on 17 July 2020. Retrieved from The New Paper.
  14. Cheong, Danson and Linette Lai."Singapore GE2020: PAP unveils first slate of candidates for July 10 general election". The Straits Times. June 24, 2020. Accessed on 9 July 2020.
  15. "Mr Edward Chia Bing Hui". People's Action Party. Accessed on 9 July 2020.
  16. "2020 PARLIAMENTARY GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS". Elections Department Singapore. Accessed on 13 July 2020.