Muhammad Azhar Bin Abdul Latip (Singapore Politician)

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Muhammad Azhar Bin Abdul Latip
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Born1986
EducationBachelor of Arts (Political Science)
Alma materNational University of Singapore (NUS)

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Muhammad Azhar Bin Abdul Latip (born 1986) is a small-business owner and gig-economy worker. In June 2020, he was announced as a Workers’ Party (WP) candidate for the 2020 General Elections and contested in Marine Parade GRC.[1][2]

Background[edit | edit source]

Muhammad Azhar entered the marine insurance industry after graduating from university.[3][4] He first worked as a claims specialist with the Singaporean firm, Marine Claims Office before becoming an insurance broker with the international broking house, Georg Dunker.[5][6] In 2014, Muhammad Azhar lost his left leg when he met with a serious road traffic accident.[7][8] He plans to train as a para-athlete and hopes to represent Singapore in international competitions.[9] As of June 2020, Muhammad Azhar is self-employed. He works as a Grab driver and runs a small business. He is divorced with a three-year-old child.[10]

Education[edit | edit source]

Muhammad Azhar attended Guangyang Primary School and then transferred to Bedok North Primary School. He was then a student at Bedok View Secondary School and subsequently, Meridian Junior College.[11] In 2007, he furthered his studies at National University of Singapore (NUS) where he majored in Political Science and graduated in 2011.[12][13][14]

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

Muhammad Azhar’s involvement with the Workers’ Party began when he became a volunteer in Aljunied GRC assisting with food distribution programmes and community outreach initiatives.[15] He has experience with grassroots work in the Kaki Bukit Division of Aljunied GRC with MP Faisal Manap and in Fengshan SMC (which has been absorbed into East Coast GRC).[16][17][18]

Politics[edit | edit source]

General Elections 2020 - Candidate (Marine Parade GRC)[edit | edit source]

Muhammad Azhar was introduced as a Workers’ Party (WP) candidate on 25 June 2020.[19][20][21] As someone with a disability, he advocates for a more inclusive Singapore society.[22] He wants to be a voice for the vulnerable, disadvantaged and the disabled.[23] According to his profile on the Workers’ Party website, his hopes for Singapore are:[24]

1. To have complete transparency, fairness and accountability in all areas of government, public administration and the economy.
2. A political system allowing greater representation of ethnic minorities in all areas of governance.
3. Creating a society whose emphasis is not on class and status, and where the weak and vulnerable are protected and given the necessary assistance.

He joined the Workers’ Party (WP) because he "strongly believes in having a strong alternative voice in parliament".[25] With 42.24 per cent of the votes, the Workers' Party team lost Marine Parade GRC to the People's Action Party team led by Tan Chuan Jin.[26]

References/ Citations[edit | edit source]

  1. Tan, Audrey. “Singapore GE2020: Workers’ Party introduces first batch of candidates for election, including Nicole Seah”. The Straits Times. June 25, 2020. Accessed on 29 June 2020.
  2. Elangovan, Navene., Low, Youjin., Cheng, Kenneth. “WP announces Low Thia Khiang not standing in GE; unveils first slate of candidates, including Nicole Seah”. TODAYOnline. June 26, 2020. Accessed on 29 June 2020.
  3. Muhammad Azhar Bin Abdul Latip. “Personal Profile”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 29 June 2020.
  4. Azhar Latip. Facebook. June 26, 2020. Accessed on 29 June 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=264769194947333
  5. Azhar Latip. “Experience”. LinkedIn. Accessed on 29 June 2020.
  6. Navene Elangovan, Low, Youjin, Cheng, Kenneth. “WP announces Low Thia Khiang not standing in GE; unveils first slate of candidates, including Nicole Seah”. TODAYOnline. June 26, 2020. Accessed on 29 June 2020.
  7. Tan, Audrey. “Singapore GE2020: Workers’ Party introduces first batch of candidates for election, including Nicole Seah”. The Straits Times. June 25, 2020. Accessed on 29 June 2020.
  8. Azhar Latip. Facebook. June 26, 2020. Accessed on 29 June 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/AzharALatip/posts/142541334089079?__tn__=K-R
  9. Muhammad Azhar Bin Abdul Latip. “Personal Profile”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 29 June 2020.
  10. Tan, Audrey. “Singapore GE2020: Workers’ Party introduces first batch of candidates for election, including Nicole Seah”. The Straits Times. June 25, 2020. Accessed on 29 June 2020.
  11. Muhammad Azhar Bin Abdul Latip. “Personal Profile”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 29 June 2020.
  12. Azhar Latip. “Education”. LinkedIn. Accessed on 29 June 2020.
  13. Azhar Latip. Facebook. June 26, 2020. Accessed on 29 June 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=264769194947333
  14. Tan, Audrey. “Singapore GE2020: Workers’ Party introduces first batch of candidates for election, including Nicole Seah”. The Straits Times. June 25, 2020. Accessed on 29 June 2020.
  15. Azhar Latip. Facebook. June 26, 2020. Accessed on 29 June 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=264769194947333
  16. Muhammad Azhar Bin Abdul Latip. “Personal Profile”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 29 June 2020.
  17. Elangovan, Navene., Low, Youjin., Cheng, Kenneth. “WP announces Low Thia Khiang not standing in GE; unveils first slate of candidates, including Nicole Seah”. TODAYOnline. June 26, 2020. Accessed on 29 June 2020.
  18. Azhar Latip. "My Calling To Serve". Facebook. June 29, 2020. Accessed on 1 July 2020.
  19. Azhar Latip. Facebook. June 26, 2020. Accessed on 29 June 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/AzharALatip/posts/142541334089079?__tn__=K-R
  20. Tan, Audrey. “Singapore GE2020: Workers’ Party introduces first batch of candidates for election, including Nicole Seah”. The Straits Times. June 25, 2020. Accessed on 29 June 2020.
  21. Elangovan, Navene., Low, Youjin., Cheng, Kenneth. “WP announces Low Thia Khiang not standing in GE; unveils first slate of candidates, including Nicole Seah”. TODAYOnline. June 26, 2020. Accessed on 29 June 2020.
  22. Chew, Hui Min., Tang, See Kit. “Nicole Seah among Workers’ Party’s prospective candidates for GE2020”. Channel News Asia. June 25, 2020. Accessed on 29 June 2020.
  23. CNA. “Singapore GE2020: Workers’ Party unveils first slate of candidates, including Nicole Seah”. YouTube. June 25, 2020. Accessed on 29 June 2020.
  24. Muhammad Azhar Bin Abdul Latip. “Personal Profile”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 29 June 2020.
  25. Azhar Latip. Facebook. June 26, 2020. Accessed on 29 June 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/AzharALatip/posts/142541334089079?__tn__=K-R
  26. "2020 PARLIAMENTARY GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS". Elections Department Singapore. Accessed on 13 July 2020.