Leong Mun Wai (Singapore Politician)

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Leong Mun Wai
Leong Mun Wai.jpg
Born1970
EducationBachelor of Economics, Master of Science (Management)
Alma materHitotsubashi University (1980 - 1984), London Business School (1991 - 1992)

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Leong Mun Wai (born 1970) is a Singaporean politician and the chief executive officer of the private equity firm, Timbre Capital.[1] He has decades of professional experience in investment banking and is academically trained as an economist.[2] Leong Mun Wai represents the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) in parliament as an elected non-constituency member of Parliament (NCMP).

Background

Before founding Timbre Capital in 2009, Leong Mun Wai worked as a managing director at the DBS Vickers Securities Group and OCBC Securities. He has also worked for other international companies like Merill Lynch, Mitsubishi Bank and Salomon Brothers. Leong Mun Wai also holds a certificate in the Japanese language from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and speaks fluent Japanese.[3][4]

Early life & family

Leong Mun Wai was born in Kandang Kerbau Hospital and grew up in a crowded shophouse in Chinatown as the oldest of six siblings. He is a first-generation Singaporean.[5] As of 2020, he is married with three children. Leong Mun Wai met his wife in Raffles Institution. They started dating when he returned from his university studies in Tokyo, Japan.[6]

Education

Leong Mun Wai was a student at Pearl's Hill Primary School[7] and Raffles Institution[8] where he was a member of the school's Red Cross Cadet Corp and lifeguard squad.[9] He received a government Overseas Merit Scholarship in 1979[10] and graduated from Hitotsubashi University in 1984 with a degree in Economics.[11] While in Hitotsubashi University, he also dabbled in history and philosophy, citing the European enlightenment period as one of his pet topics.[12] According to Leong Mun Wai, he was one of the two first Singaporeans to study economics in an overseas university.

Post-graduate studies

Leong Mun Wai furthered his studies at London Business School where he enrolled in the Sloan Fellows programme and received a masters degree in management.[13]

Politics

In January 2020, Leong Mun Wai was appointed as the assistant secretary-general of the People Singapore Party (PSP).[14] He entered politics in 2020 hoping to offer alternative views in parliament.[15]

Leong Mun Wai pictured during PSP's dinner celebration in 2020. Photo from Lianhe Zaobao.

Parliament - Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (2020 - )

As of July 2020, Leong Mun Wai is a non-constituency member of parliament (NCMP)[16] despite making an earlier statement that he "will not want the NCMP seat".[17] In a press conference on 14 July 2020, he says:

"I had some personal objections to the scheme. Nevertheless, I'm humbled by the trust the party has placed in me... And very importantly, that the party needs to... represent the 48.5 per cent of voters who voted for us, and also all the Singaporeans who cheered (for) us in this election."[18]

Party secretary-general, Tan Chang Bock said that the two elected NCMPs from PSP will support the Worker's Party team in parliament while also raising citizens' concerns based on findings from walking the ground.[19]

General Elections 2020 - Candidate (West Coast GRC)

In 2020, Leong Mun Wai was a part of the PSP team in West Coast GRC led by Tan Cheng Bock.[20] On 28 June 2020, he shared his thoughts about the controversy surrounding People's Action Party (PAP)'s candidate, Ivan Lim. An excerpt from his Facebook post reads as such:

"I have always held the opinion that all public office holders' background should be disclosed for public scrutiny at least three months before the election or appointment takes place... However, after the person involved has withdrawn his candidacy (not necessarily an admission of guilt) we should not pursue the matter."[21]

Leong Mun Wai also represented PSP at a televised political debate in Mandarin on 1 July 2020.[22][23] The PSP team lost West Coast GRC to the incumbent PAP by a three per cent margin.[24][25]

References/ Citations

  1. "People - PSP". Progress Singapore Party. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  2. "Mun Wai Leong 梁文辉". LinkedIN. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  3. "People - PSP". Progress Singapore Party. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  4. "Mun Wai Leong 梁文辉". LinkedIN. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  5. Progress Singapore Party. "Up Close and Personal with PSP's Leong Mun Wai". YouTube. June 26, 2020. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  6. Ibid.
  7. Progress Singapore Party. "Up Close and Personal with PSP's Leong Mun Wai". YouTube. June 26, 2020. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  8. "Mun Wai Leong 梁文辉". LinkedIN. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  9. Progress Singapore Party. "Up Close and Personal with PSP's Leong Mun Wai". YouTube. June 26, 2020. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  10. "People - PSP". Progress Singapore Party. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  11. Wong Pei Ting. "Investment firm CEO made Tan Cheng Bock’s second-in-command at PSP". TODAY. January 17, 2020. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  12. Progress Singapore Party. "Up Close and Personal with PSP's Leong Mun Wai". YouTube. June 26, 2020. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  13. "Mun Wai Leong 梁文辉". LinkedIN. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  14. Wong Pei Ting. "Investment firm CEO made Tan Cheng Bock’s second-in-command at PSP". TODAY. January 17, 2020. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  15. Wong Pei Ting and Justin Ong. "GE2020: Tan Cheng Bock to lead PSP team in West Coast GRC, Lee Hsien Yang not among candidates for now". TODAY. June 26, 2020. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  16. "GE2020: Elections Department confirms PSP's Leong Mun Wai and Hazel Poa elected as NCMPs". Channel News Asia. July 16, 2020. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  17. Wan Ting Koh. "GE2020: PSP's Leong Mun Wai will reject NCMP seat if offered, proposes proportional representation". Yahoo! News. July 4, 2020. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  18. Koh, Fabian. "Singapore GE2020: PSP chooses assistant secretary-general Leong Mun Wai and vice-chairman Hazel Poa as NCMPs". The Straits Times. July 14, 2020. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  19. Koh, Fabian. "Singapore GE2020: PSP chooses assistant secretary-general Leong Mun Wai and vice-chairman Hazel Poa as NCMPs". The Straits Times. July 14, 2020. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  20. Wong Pei Ting and Justin Ong. "GE2020: Tan Cheng Bock to lead PSP team in West Coast GRC, Lee Hsien Yang not among candidates for now". TODAY. June 26, 2020. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  21. "Leong Mun Wai 梁文辉". Facebook. June 28, 2020. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  22. Eber, Amanda. "GE2020: Political debates in English and Mandarin to be aired live on July 1". TODAY. July 1, 2020. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  23. Tan, Martino and Zhangxin Zheng. "Ong Ye Kung parries off PSP & SDP effortlessly in WP-absent GE2020 Chinese debate". Mothership. July 1, 2020. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  24. "Singapore General Elections 2020: Results". Wiki.sg. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  25. Koh, Fabian. "Singapore GE2020: Progress Singapore Party will continue serving residents, to decide on NCMP seats on Monday, says Tan Cheng Bock". The Straits Times. July 12, 2020. Accessed on 22 July 2020.