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Chitchat The most pathetic list of "contributions" ever made by a Minister I have seen

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    [h=1]Soldier, sportsman and social advocate: Tan Chuan-Jin’s contributions over the years[/h] The Minister for Social and Family Development will resign to be nominated as Speaker of Parliament by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.


    SINGAPORE: A soldier, a sportsman and an advocate for social causes ranging from children to the elderly and the workers in Singapore - Mr Tan Chuan-Jin has at some point in his life straddled one or more of these vocations.
    And on Tuesday (Sep 5), it appears that another season of change is coming for the current Minister for Social and Family Development.
    Mr Tan has been identified by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as the person to replace Madam Halimah Yacob as Speaker of Parliament, after she resigned to contest the upcoming Presidential Election.
    He will resign from his ministerial post in order to be nominated as Speaker when Parliament sits on Sep 11, and it will be put to a vote in the House.
    The 48-year-old should be familiar with change by now, as it could be his third major change in portfolio.
    AS A SOLDIER
    Advertisement Before he stood for election in 2011, Mr Tan had been in the service for more than two decades and rose to the ranks of Brigadier-General. One of his notable contributions during his stint was in leading the SAF’s relief efforts in Meulaboh, Indonesia, following the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. The natural disaster, one of the deadliest ever recorded, had claimed more than 230,000 lives in 14 countries, with Indonesia the worst hit.
    As SAF Humanitarian Assistance Task Force Commander, the then-Colonel had helped the devastated community get back on its feet by leading the humanitarian efforts there. It remains the SAF’s largest military operation to date.
    He said in a January 2005 Cyberpioneer article: “I've learnt about the courage and commitment of the TNI in leading and organising its people effectively. Their selfless sacrifices and non-stop efforts despite personal loss and tragedy make them heroes in our eyes.

    "I've also learnt the meaning of friendship, brotherhood and solidarity by the bonds of friendship forged with the people of Meulaboh."
    AS A SOCIAL ADVOCATE
    It was in 2011 that he swapped the army life for life in politics, standing for election as a People’s Action Party (PAP) candidate in the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency (GRC), led by former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong. He won and became an MP on May 7.
    It wasn’t long before the 48-year-old was tapped to take on a ministerial portfolio; he was appointed Minister of State for Manpower and National Development the next month, and was to become Acting Manpower Minister on Aug 1, 2012.
    It was two more years before Mr Tan was made full Manpower Minister, and during his stint in this ministry, introduced the Silver Support scheme which provides additional support for elderly Singaporeans who had low incomes through their lives and have little or no family support. Older workers’ CPF contribution rates were also increased and the ministry worked with tripartite partners to review the re-employment age.
    He also introduced the Fair Consideration Framework to ensure a level employment playing field for Singaporeans, with related legislation and dispute management system improved to reinforce fair and progressive workplace practices.
    A year after becoming the Manpower Minister, Mr Tan took up the reins as Minister for Social and Family Development on Apr 9, 2015.
    Here, he continued to advocate social causes and launched initiatives such as KidSTART, which aims to support low income and vulnerable children to enable them to have a good start in life. In fact, at this year’s National Day Rally, PM Lee said the programme will likely be expanded as the early feedback on the 400 families currently on KidSTART has been promising.
    In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Mr Lee highlighted Mr Tan’s contributions to the ministry, saying he has “taken a deep interest in social issues, and in helping the needy and disadvantaged”.
    The Prime Minister added that programmes such as KidStart and SG Cares, which encourages Singaporeans to give back to society, will “deepen our social capital and help build a more gracious, compassionate and cohesive society”.
    As a father-of-two, Mr Tan has been a big advocate in encouraging fathers to play a more proactive role in parenting their children. In 2016, speaking at the inaugural Dad’s Day Out carnival, the minister called on fathers to make time for their families and not just spend leftover time with them.
    “Often we say that they are the first priority in our lives, but do we really place them first? The key thing is to work our schedules around them where we can. I know it’s not always possible, but if you try hard enough you’ll be surprised – there’s a lot we can do,” he said then.
    He also championed the use of the two-weeks paternity leave, as he highlighted the desire for fathers to be present in their children’s lives.

    AS A SPORTSMAN
    In addition to his contributions as a politician, Mr Tan is also currently serving as the president of the Singapore National Olympic Council.
    At the recently concluded SEA Games 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, the minister was seen at various events such as shooting, synchronised swimming and gymnastics cheering the athletes on.
    In a poignant post on Facebook, recapping the sporting event, Mr Tan highlighted the sacrifices and challenges the Singaporean athletes faced - and overcame - to make it the country’s best away showing at the SEA Games.
    He wrote: “The 15 Games records, 13 national records and 29 personal bests at the 29th SEA Games may or may not have come with medals. But it really means something special.
    “It takes a nation to cheer on our athletes. When our athletes compete, they are our gladiators. Their performances and stories fill us with pride not just when they win, but also when we see how they fought.”

    “TEMPERAMENT AND PERSONALITY” FOR SPEAKER ROLE: PM
    The Prime Minister said it was a “very difficult decision” to nominate Mr Tan as the next Speaker of Parliament, but said he has the “temperament and personality” for the role. “Since entering politics, he has built up good links with a diverse range of NGOs, VWOs and interest groups,” he wrote.


    He added that Mr Tan remains an important member of his team, though in a different role.
    “I have asked him to maintain his interest in environmental and social issues, and his concern for the needy and disadvantaged,” Mr Lee wrote, adding that Mr Tan will continue advising the Ministry of National Development on these issues and to oversee SG Cares after he becomes Speaker. He will also be appointed advisor to the National Council of Social Service, he said.
    On his end, Mr Tan said he was “glad” to accept the nomination and hoped for support from his parliamentary colleagues.
    “Good ideas can come from both sides of the House, as does good intent. In fact they abound throughout the length and breadth of our society,” he wrote on Facebook, following the announcement. “Our duty must be to harness these for the common good – so as to put them to the service of fellow Singaporeans, and to build a better society.
    “I look forward to doing this as effectively as I can.”

    Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...n-and-social-advocate-tan-chuan-jin-s-9187850
     
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    Hahaha.... it could have been anyone's list of achievements. Truly pathetic. But the same can be said for HoneyMah, who was touted as labour force's angel. Laughable
     
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    I remembered he trumpeted one of his achievements in SAF was to change the attire for booking out personnel.
    Instead of collared shirt.... he relaxed the rules to allow non collared t shirts to be worn.
    Hip hip hurray. Machiam modernisation of SAF!
     
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    He is but just the tip of the ice-berg for the list of incompetents brought in by blur LHL over the years.
    Another double confirmation that so-called generals and others of high ranking designations are nothing
    outside in the real world. What else can we expect when these clowns got to where they were in the first
    place by shouting "Yes, SIR" whenever told to run little boy errands in the army.

    Others pretend to be clever by asking "How high, SIR" when told to jump.

    Three ministries almost as many years, still cannot make it.

    Notice that the PAP clowns now no longe talk of "tea parties" for potential erection candidates?
     
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    What do you expect when someone touted ''organising" cable car rescue and marching in the rain as great achivements.
    And to think people like that are paid the highest salaries in the world!
     
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    y dey never mention his gr8 achievemen in demanding immigration 2 open a special lane 2 clear him n his jingang after dey came back from makan durian in msia last year? ...
     
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    My achievements far outrank his. I started a forum that has had more of a positive influence on Singaporeans than anything he has ever done.
     
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    but you haven't done anything to help the rohingya.
     
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    his treatise on sinkie elders collecting cardboards as a form of exercise and hobby is extremely profound and extraordinary. the world has taken notice and following suit. yoga and tai chi can take a backseat.
     
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    You have done Singapore proud.

    How can we honor you for your great contribution and achievements ?
     
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    Something both true and scary.
     
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    By doing nothing, u can probably achieve more than him, if he keeps saying stupid shit
     
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    The fact that his CV has been embellished beyond recognition says it all.

    It makes those Ah Neh CVs look mild in comparison.
     
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    That is correct.

    Sometimes he gets in the ways of those with bad English and become English teacher.

    But gave up soon many here hv Chinese style grammar power superceded drug trafficker english.



     
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    For a guy who wears his faith on his sleeve, he's a fucking hypocrite and an utter disgrace to Christianity.

    When he uttered those condescending and callous words about elderly cardboard collectors 'doing it for exercise' two years ago, I knew he was a fraud. Just your typical self-serving brown-nosing PAP minion. Then came those unfeeling remarks comparing our workers with those in Manila, and his abject failure to walk the talk in helping the poor and indigent. And the cynical manner in which he tried to justify the expedited ICA clearance for a durian trip must surely be the coup de grâce in his fall from grace.

    What ever happened to core Christian values like mercy, compassion, humility and being your brother's keeper, Mr Tan? It is a truism that the most sanctimonious bible-thumpers are also the greatest humbugs.

    Good riddance, I say. Pui!
     
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    You have just written the perfect testimonial for Mr Tan. Wow ! Wow !
     
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    I agree.

    *********
     
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    Which church he goes to?
    Maybe he is from one of those mega prosperity Churches.....they pray to mammon no?
     
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    I am no fan of Tan Chuan-Jin but he is far more qualified to be Speaker of Parliament than his predecessor who is now contesting for the Presidency.
     
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