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.
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. 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 the appointments of Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment (1998 to 2000), Army Attaché to Jakarta (2001 to 2003), Commander of 10th Singapore Infantry Brigade (2003 to 2004), Head of Joint Plans & Transformation Department (2005 to 2007), Commander of 9th Division and Chief Infantry Officer (2007 to 2009) and Chief of Staff of Joint Staff (2009 to 2010).
In March 2010, Mr Chan was appointed Chief of Army, holding the rank of Major-General. Under his command, the Singapore Armed Forces made significant contributions to the multinational stabilisation and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.