Mr Chan Chun Sing was elected Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency (GRC) in the 2011 General Election. He served as Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports from 21 May 2011 to 31 October 2012, and Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts from 21 May 2011 to 31 July 2012. On 1 August 2012, he was appointed Senior Minister of State for Defence. Mr Chan was appointed Acting Minister for Social and Family Development on 1 November 2012. On 1 September 2013, Mr Chan was appointed Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Defence.
Educated at the Raffles Institution (1982 to 1985) and Raffles Junior College (1986 to 1987), Mr Chan was awarded the SAF (Overseas) and President’s Scholarship to study Economics at Christ’s College, Cambridge University in the United Kingdom in 1988 and graduated with First Class Honours. In 2005, he completed the Sloan Fellows Programme at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship.
During Mr Chan’s military career with the Singapore Armed Forces from 1987 to 2011, he held various appointments, including the Chief Infantry Officer (2007 to 2009), Chief of Staff of Joint Staff (2009 to 2010), and Chief of Army (2010 to 2011). Under his command, the Singapore Armed Forces made significant contributions to the multinational stabilisation and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.
He had also served on various statutory boards and government-owned companies, including International Enterprise Singapore (2006 to 2009), Defence Science Organisation (2009 to 2010), Defence Science & Technology Agency (2009 to 2010), Civil Service College (2010 to 2011), ST Kinetics Limited (2010 to 2011) and Singapore Totalisator Board (2011).
As Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Chan is responsible for improving social service delivery, enhancing social safety nets and strengthening support for families in Singapore.
Mr Chan was born in 1969 and is married with three children. He enjoys reading and jogging.