Who is he?
Chan Chun Sing was until recently Singapore’s minister for social and family development and second minister of defense. He was appointed deputy secretary-general of the National Trade Unions Congress (NTUC), Singapore’s official trade union, in January. Before entering politics, Chan served in the Singapore army from 1987 to 2011, including as army chief from 2010 to 2011.
Why is he in the news?
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on April 9 appointed Chan minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and chief of the NTUC, in the latest cabinet reshuffle which some observers say is aimed at strengthening the position of the ruling People’s Action Party ahead of the general elections. The government is widely expected to hold elections in early 2016. Chan will take up his new portfolio in early May 2015.
What can we expect from him?
Considered one of Singapore’s most promising young leaders, Chan has steadily advanced through the ranks since entering politics in 2011. Expect him to bring expertise in the area of social and family affairs to his new position as labor chief, and take on a more visible role in the office of the prime minister.