Mr TAN Chuan-Jin


Mr TAN Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development

Mr Tan Chuan-Jin has been Minister for Social and Family Development since 9 April 2015. Mr Tan's priorities include going upstream to pre-empt developing issues, improving the coordination of aid for the vulnerable, strengthening support for families amidst evolving trends, and galvanising the larger community to care for the less fortunate around them. These, he believes, will strengthen efforts to build a more caring Singapore society, and a better home for families and children.

Previously, as Minister for Manpower (1 May 2014 to 8 April 2015), Mr Tan led the charge in creating better jobs and raising incomes for Singaporeans, while helping to strengthen retirement adequacy. Mr Tan introduced the Silver Support scheme, increased older workers’ CPF contribution rates to better support the elderly, and worked with tripartite partners to review re-employment age. He oversaw the implementation of the Progressive Wage Model to provide structured training and career progression pathway for workers to earn better wages. Mr Tan introduced the Fair Consideration Framework to ensure a level employment playing field for Singaporeans.  Employment legislation and dispute management system were improved to reinforce fair and progressive workplace practices. This included amending the Employment Act to better protect Professionals, Managers and Executives, the Industrial Relations Act to provide more options for representation of executives at the workplace, and the setting up of the Employment Claims Tribunal, a more accessible system to resolve salary-related claims. Mr Tan also instituted the WorkRight programme to ensure workers know their rights and employers to comply with employment standards. Workplace safety systems were also strengthened.  His previous appointments included Acting Minister for Manpower (1 August 2012 to 30 April 2014), Senior Minister of State for National Development (1 August 2012 to 1 September 2013) and Minister of State for National Development and Manpower (June 2011 to 31 July 2012).

Mr Tan was elected Member of Parliament for Kembangan-Chai Chee, Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency in May 2011. Prior to that, Mr Tan served in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) for nearly 24 years. In the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, he led the SAF's relief efforts to Meulaboh, Aceh in Indonesia. The mission provided much needed humanitarian assistance in an area that was devastated and cut off. This remains the SAF's largest military operation to date.

An avid sportsman, Mr Tan serves as the President of the Singapore National Olympic Council. He is also the Co-Chairman of the Singapore-Liaoning Economic and Trade Council.

Born in 1969, Mr Tan studied in Anglo-Chinese School and Raffles Junior College. He was awarded the SAF Overseas Scholarship to study Economics at the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom. Mr Tan holds a Master's Degree in Defence Studies from King's College London. In 2008, he completed a Master's Degree in Public Management at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

Mr Tan is married with two children. He enjoys running and photography. In 2014, he published a book capturing his travel photographs and has auctioned his prints in support of charitable causes.