Nathaniel Koh (Singapore Politician)

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Nathaniel Koh
Nathaniel Koh WP.jpg
Born1984
EducationBachelor of Science (Information Systems Management)
Alma materSingapore Management University

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Nathaniel Koh Kim Kui (born 1984) is a Singaporean politician and an IT professional at the multinational organisation, dormakaba.[1] In June 2020, he was announced as a Workers’ Party (WP) candidate for the 2020 General Elections and contested in Marine Parade GRC.[2][3]

Background[edit | edit source]

After graduating from university, Nathaniel Koh entered the IT industry and worked with companies on their digital transformation journeys.[4] He executes digital transformation initiatives in the financial, transportation and access solutions sectors. As of 2020, he is a digital product owner at dormakaba.[5] Outside of IT and politics, Nathaniel Koh has been a member of Toastmasters International since 2000.[6][7] n May 2006, Nathaniel Koh was appointed to serve as Division S Governor of Toastmasters International District 80.[8] As of June 2020, he is a member of Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club.[9]

Education[edit | edit source]

Nathaniel Koh was a student at Temasek Primary School and Bedok View Secondary School.[10][11] After which, he enrolled in Temasek Polytechnic and completed his diploma in information technology in 2003.[12] He furthered his studies at Singapore Management University (SMU) and graduated with a degree in information systems management with the highest distinction in 2010.[13] During his time in polytechnic and university, he joined the Toastmasters clubs of the respective institutions.[14]

SMU Students' Association - Elected executive committee member[edit | edit source]

During his time in university, Nathaniel Koh joined the SMU Students’ Association and was elected into the executive committee in September 2007. Placing fourth out of 15 candidates during the elections, he was appointed as the organisation’s Finance Secretary from January to December 2008.[15]

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

Nathaniel Koh pictured on his campaign trail in 2020. Photo from Facebook.

Nathaniel Koh has been involved with the Workers’ Party since February 2009.[16][17][18] His experience with the WP includes - managing MP Pritam Singh's Meet-the-People sessions as a secretarial assistant and assisting MP Faisal Manap since the 2015 General Elections. He has also been an executive committee member of the WP Youth Wing.[19][20][21] Nathaniel Koh was also the election agent for the WP candidate Koh Choong Yong’s campaign at Sengkang West SMC (now-defunct) during the 2011 General Elections where he supervised the volunteers.[22]

Politics[edit | edit source]

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

Nathaniel Koh was introduced as a Workers’ Party (WP) candidate on 27 June 2020.[23][24] In a Facebook video published on 27 June 2020, he explained that he joined the WP because:

“I believe that for Singapore to succeed in the long-term, we need to build a strong credible alternative voice in Parliament.”[25]

Nathaniel Koh intends to champion family-friendly policies that will increase the fertility rate in Singapore.[26][27] According to his profile on the WP website, his hope for Singapore is:[28]

1. Rekindle our sense of space. As we pride ourselves as a city in a garden, every plot of land need not be developed into another shopping mall or housing project. Green lungs should be well-maintained for the enjoyment and imagination of Singaporeans.
2. Rejuvenate our sense of belonging. Singaporeans offering differing points of view from the government should feel like equal partners in the common cause of Singapore’s success.
3. Revitalise our sense of mission. Our pioneers made it their mission to make Singapore succeed against all odds after independence was thrust upon us. Let us discover a new mission, a fresh sense of purpose for Singaporeans to rally around.

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.[29]

References/ Citations[edit | edit source]

  1. Nathaniel Koh. “Experience”. LinkedIn. Accessed on 5 July 2020.
  2. Ang, Hwee Min. “GE2020: WP and PAP to go head to head in Marine Parade GRC”. Channel News Asia. July 1, 2020. Accessed on 3 July 2020.
  3. WP Team for Marine Parade GRC”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 3 July 2020.
  4. Nathaniel Koh 许金桂. Facebook. June 27, 2020. Accessed on 5 July 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=264608554806689
  5. Nathaniel Koh. “Experience”. LinkedIn. Accessed on 5 July 2020.
  6. The Workers’ Party. “About”. Nathaniel Koh. Accessed on 5 July 2020. Retrieved from WordPress.com.
  7. Koh, Kim Kui Nathaniel. “2008 - The Power to Inspire”. Nathaniel Koh. September 28, 2008. Accessed on 5 July 2020. Retrieved from Blogspot.com.
  8. The Workers’ Party. “About”. Nathaniel Koh. Accessed on 5 July 2020. Retrieved from WordPress.com.
  9. The Workers’ Party. “About”. Nathaniel Koh. Accessed on 5 July 2020. Retrieved from WordPress.com.
  10. Nathaniel Koh Kim Kui. “Nathaniel Koh Kim Kui”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 5 July 2020.
  11. The Workers’ Party. “About”. Nathaniel Koh. Accessed on 5 July 2020. Retrieved from WordPress.com.
  12. Personal Profile”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 5 July 2020.
  13. Nathaniel Koh 许金桂. Facebook. June 27, 2020. Accessed on 5 July 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=264608554806689
  14. The Workers’ Party. “About”. Nathaniel Koh. Accessed on 5 July 2020. Retrieved from WordPress.com.
  15. The Workers’ Party. “About”. Nathaniel Koh. Accessed on 5 July 2020. Retrieved from WordPress.com.
  16. Nathaniel Koh 许金桂. Facebook. June 29, 2020. Accessed on 5 July 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/pg/nathanielkoh.sg/posts/?ref=page_internal
  17. Nathaniel Koh 许金桂. Facebook. June 27, 2020. Accessed on 5 July 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=264608554806689
  18. Chew, Hui Min., Tang, See Kit. “GE2020: Three more new faces among Workers’ Party prospective candidates”. Channel News Asia. June 28, 2020. Accessed on 5 July 2020.
  19. Nathaniel Koh Kim Kui. “Personal Profile”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 5 July 2020.
  20. Nathaniel Koh 许金桂. Facebook. June 29, 2020. Accessed on 5 July 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/pg/nathanielkoh.sg/posts/?ref=page_internal
  21. Singapore GE2020: Profile of Workers’ Party new candidates”. The Straits Times. June 26, 2020. Accessed on 5 July 2020.
  22. Chew, Hui Min., Tang, See Kit. “GE2020: Three more new faces among Workers’ Party prospective candidates”. Channel News Asia. June 28, 2020. Accessed on 5 July 2020.
  23. Chew, Hui Min., Tang, See Kit. “GE2020: Three more new faces among Workers’ Party prospective candidates”. Channel News Asia. June 28, 2020. Accessed on 5 July 2020.
  24. Kurohi, Rei., Tham, Yuen-C. “Singapore GE2020: Balance in Parliament still important as Singapore fights Covid-19, says WP chief Pritam Singh”. The Straits Times. June 28, 2020. Accessed on 5 July 2020.
  25. Nathaniel Koh 许金桂. Facebook. June 27, 2020. Accessed on 5 July 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=264608554806689
  26. Chew, Hui Min., Tang, See Kit. “GE2020: Three more new faces among Workers’ Party prospective candidates”. Channel News Asia. June 28, 2020. Accessed on 5 July 2020.
  27. Kurohi, Rei., Tham, Yuen-C. “Singapore GE2020: Balance in Parliament still important as Singapore fights Covid-19, says WP chief Pritam Singh”. The Straits Times. June 28, 2020. Accessed on 5 July 2020.
  28. Nathaniel Koh Kim Rui. “Hopes for Singapore”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 5 July 2020.
  29. "2020 PARLIAMENTARY GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS". Elections Department Singapore. Accessed on 13 July 2020.