4 Facts about our future DPM

Ok so the news came out exactly as the rumours that were floating around. Minister Heng Swee Keat has been appointed by the PAP as its first assistant secretary-general and Minister Chan Chun Sing is the second assistant secretary-general.

But Ah Chan don’t give up ok? ESM Goh also held the position of 2ASG and was later PM of Singapore. So the PM race may not be entirely over. Nonetheless, this is not really abt the individual race to be PM. What’s most important at the end of the day that the best team works for Singapore.

Since we had a introduction on our future PM Heng Swee Keat, here’s more info and interesting facts about Minister Chan too.

  • Age: 49
  • Birth date: 9 Oct 1969
  • Marital Status: Married with three children
  • Year he joined politics: 2011 (Tanjong Pagar GRC)

And of cos, we know that he is Mr Kee Chiu. Euff said, we all know how we like to joke about him as ‘Kee Chiu’. But actually, he had used this phrase when talking at a PAP address in 2011. Minister Chan was conducting an informal poll at a PAP address in 2011, and had asked his audience to ‘kee chiu’ – Hokkien for ‘hands up’ – to vote. Frankly, we think nothing wrong with using local slang, just that it provides some good fun.

1) Just like Heng Swee Keat, Chan Chun Sing has also a very impressive resume

Minister Chan studied in Raffles Institution and Raffles Junior College. In 1988, he was awarded a President’s Scholarship and Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship to study in the University of Cambridge, where he completed a degree in economics at Christ’s College and graduated with First Class Honours. He also completed the Sloan Fellows programme at the MIT Sloan School of Management under a Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship in 2015.

Since entering politics, the former Chief of Army has helmed the Ministry for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Ministry for Social and Family Development, Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts and Ministry of Defence. He was also the secretary-general of the National Trades Union Congress before handing it over to Mr Ng Chee Meng earlier this year.

2) He stayed in a 3-room flat until his mid-20s

Minister Chan lived in a 3-room flat in MacPherson with his mother, sister, grandparents and aunt. That’s 6 people in a 3-room flat! He moved out when he went to Cambridge to study.


3) He loves his Casio watch

Such dedication to his Casio watch which he wore since army days that he has actually changed its straps too to keep it going:


He has explained why he still sticks to his Casio watch: “The (Casio) watch fulfils the purpose of telling time. Never needed anything more than that. When I was a ground commander, I would sometimes add a small plastic compass onto the strap, like many army folks.”

3) He worked three part time jobs when he was young

To help his mother’s financial burden, he worked three part time jobs when he was younger to supplement the family’s income. His mother raised him as a single parent and her pay from working as a machine operator was $500 — which converts to a little over $1,000 today. He told Channel 8 that he used to manufacture caps for bottles, tutor younger students and worked as a scout.

4) His first date with his wife was over Cai Png 

I guess we know that Minister Chan is a no frills person but first date over Cai Png (economy rice)? And it was Cai Png in the Mindef canteen somemore, because they were both working there.

His proposal to her was at Marina Bay and they got married in a church in Japan. Aww.