Ong Teng Koon

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Ong Teng Koon
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Born13 January 1977
EducationBachelor of Sciences (Economics), Master of Finance
Alma materLondon School of Economics, Princeton University

Ong Teng Koon (born 13 January 1977) is a former Singaporean politician.[1] He was a member of the People’s Action Party (PAP) and served as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Marsiling-Yew Tee Group Representation Constituency (GRC) where he helmed the Woodgrove ward from 2015 to 2020.[2][3] Before that, he served as an MP for Sembawang GRC from 2011 until his ward was absorbed into Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC in 2015.[4][5] After serving as an MP for two terms, Ong Teng Koon announced his retirement from politics on 28 June 2020.[6][7]

Background[edit | edit source]

Before he entered politics, Ong Teng Koon started his professional career as a trader for Goldman Sachs in Chicago.[8] He then joined the American financial-services firm, Morgan Stanley in 2009.[9] According to the SP (Singapore Power) Group website, Ong Teng Koon is on the company's Executive Leadership Team as the head of Regulatory Management as of 2020.[10]

Family[edit | edit source]

Ong Teng Koon grew up in Singapore[11] and is the only son of the former Nee Soon MP, Ong Ah Heng.[12][13]

Education[edit | edit source]

Ong Teng Koon attended the London School of Economics and graduated with a first-class honours degree in economics in 2001. He went on to pursue a master’s degree in finance from Princeton University in 2003.[14]

Politics[edit | edit source]

Ong Teng Koon was inspired by his father to join politics. He followed his father on walkabouts during the 2001 and 2006 General Elections and has been involved in grassroots activities since 2009.[15][16] Ong Teng Koon was elected into parliament in 2011 at 34 years old.[17] On 28 June 2020, he announced his retirement from politics and did not contest in the 2020 General Elections.[18] The new People’s Action Party (PAP) candidate, Hany Soh replaced Ong Teng Koon in the Woodgrove ward.[19]

General Elections 2015 - Candidate (Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC)[edit | edit source]

Ong Teng Koon (first from right) pictured in 2015 with PAP's Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC team. Photo from The Straits Times.

Ong Teng Koon contested as a candidate in the Marsiling-Yew Tee Group Representation Constituency (GRC) in the 2015 General Elections.[20] He was a part of the PAP team alongside Lawrence Wong and then-MP, Halimah Yacob.[21] The team won 68.73 per cent of the vote against the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP).[22]

Parliament[edit | edit source]

In parliament, Ong Teng Koon was a backbencher and a member of the Government Parliamentary Committees (GPC) for Defence and Foreign Affairs, and also for Communications and Information.[23] In May 2014, he was appointed as the deputy chairman of the GPC for Finance, and Trade and Industry.[24]

General Elections 2011 - Candidate (Sembawang GRC)[edit | edit source]

Ong Teng Koon was introduced as a new People’s Action Party (PAP) candidate on 11 April 2011.[25][26] Ong Teng Koon contested in Sembawang Group Representation Constituency (GRC) and was part of the five-member team led by the former Minister for Transport, Khaw Boon Wan. The PAP team won the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) with 63.90 per cent of votes cast.[27][28]

References/ Citations[edit | edit source]

  1. Fang, Joy., Chee, Kenny. “Dad inspired him to join politics”. AsiaOne. April 12, 2011. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  2. Siau, Ming En. “Lawrence Wong to contest in newly-formed Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC”. TODAYonline. August 27, 2015. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  3. Tay, Kelly. “The question voters must ask themselves”. Business Times. August 22, 2015. Accessed on 23 July 2020.
  4. Au-Yong, Rachel. “Who will helm new Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC?”. AsiaOne. July 25, 2015. Accessed on 22 July 2020. Retrieved from The Straits Times.
  5. Fang, Joy., Chee, Kenny. “Dad inspired him to join politics”. AsiaOne. April 12, 2011. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  6. Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC. “Thank You Mr Ong Teng Koon!”. Facebook. June 29, 2020. Accessed on 22 July 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=573132466730168
  7. Toh, Ting Wei. “Singapore Ge2020: Lawrence Wong continues to head PAP’s Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC team, new face Hany Soh replaces Ong Teng Koon”. The Straits Times. June 28, 2020. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  8. SPH Razor. "New PAP candidate Ong Teng Koon". YouTube. July 26, 2013. Accessed on 27 July 2020.
  9. Tay, Kelly. “The question voters must ask themselves”. Business Times. August 22, 2015. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  10. "Executive Leadership Team". SP Group. Accessed on 27 July 2020.
  11. SPH Razor. "New PAP candidate Ong Teng Koon". YouTube. July 26, 2013. Accessed on 27 July 2020.
  12. "Potential candidates continue to emerge". TODAY. March 7, 2011. Accessed on 27 July 2020.
  13. Toh, Ting Wei. “Singapore Ge2020: Lawrence Wong continues to head PAP’s Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC team, new face Hany Soh replaces Ong Teng Koon”. The Straits Times. June 28, 2020. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  14. Fang, Joy., Chee, Kenny. “Dad inspired him to join politics”. AsiaOne. April 12, 2011. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  15. Fang, Joy., Chee, Kenny. “Dad inspired him to join politics”. AsiaOne. April 12, 2011. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  16. SPH Razor. "New PAP candidate Ong Teng Koon". YouTube. July 26, 2013. Accessed on 27 July 2020.
  17. PAP wins Sembawang GRC”. AsiaOne. May 8, 2011. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  18. Toh, Ting Wei. “Singapore Ge2020: Lawrence Wong continues to head PAP’s Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC team, new face Hany Soh replaces Ong Teng Koon”. The Straits Times. June 28, 2020. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  19. Nabilah Awang., Meah, Natasha. “GE2020: PAP unveils line-ups for Sengkang and Marsiling-Yew Tee GRCs”. TODAYonline. July 2, 2020. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  20. Philomin, Laura. “PAP introduces Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC team for coming GE”. TODAYonline. August 27, 2015. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  21. Zhaki Abdullah. “GE2020: SDP faces PAP for the second time in Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC”. Channel News Asia. July 1, 2020. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  22. "2015 PARLIAMENTARY GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS". Elections Department Singapore. Accessed on 27 July 2020.
  23. Changes made to Government Parliamentary Committees after Cabinet reshuffle”. Channel News Asia. May 4, 2018. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  24. Goh, Chin Lian. “Four Government Parliamentary Committees to get new chairmen and deputies”. The Straits Times. May 15, 2014. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  25. farism. “PAP new face not concerned of opposition contest”. SingaporeScene. April 17, 2011. Accessed on 22 July 2020. Retrieved from: Yahoo News Singapore.
  26. farism. “PAP introduces seventh batch of new candidates”. SingaporeScene. April 11, 2011. Accessed on 22 July 2020. Retrieved from: Yahoo News Singapore.
  27. PAP wins Sembawang GRC”. AsiaOne. May 8, 2011. Accessed on 22 July 2020.
  28. 2011 PARLIAMENTARY GENERAL ELECTIONS RESULTS”. Elections Department Singapore. Accessed on 22 July 2020.