[Picture: Tan Jee Say, in black jacket; and Ang Yong Guan]
TOC has confirmed through reliable sources that two heavyweight candidates have joined the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP). Mr Tan Jee Say, former Principal Private Secretary to Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and prominent grassroots leader Dr Ang Yong Guan have thrown their lot in with the party.
Mr Tan Jee Say’s pedigree is impressive: he is a graduate of Oxford University having read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University, headed the economic and manpower planning unit in the Ministry of Trade and Industry from 1979 to 1985, and also worked closely with the late Dr Albert Winsemius, an illustrious foreign economic adviser to the Singapore Government.
Mr Tan is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and between 1985 – 1990 served as the Principal Private Secretary to the then Deputy Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong.
Mr Tan first caught the attention of the public when he presented a 45 page paper on Singapore’s economic growth at a TOC forum earlier this year on the Singapore Budget. Mr Tan’s publication was praised by the former Head of the UK Civil Service Lord Butler as “a thorough and well-argued piece of work that deserves the attention of policy makers”. (See TOC report here.)
In it, Mr Tan argued that the Government’s focus on productivity failed to address the root problem of an influx of poorly skilled foreign labour:
Apart from his impressive credentials in the military, Dr Ang was the president of Singapore Psychiatric Association (1997-1998), chairman of the Chapter of Psychiatrists, Academy of Medicine (2001- 2003), founder/chairman of Action Group for Mental Illness (since 2004), member of National Council on Problem Gambling (since 2005), and member of Clinical Advisory Committee for Chronic Disease Management Programme (since 2009).
Dr Ang was awarded the Public Service Medal in 1995 for community work, and the Public Administration Medal in 1996 for military services.
He is currently in private practice at Paragon Medical. He is also a Visiting Consultant to the Institute of Mental Health and Woodbridge Hospital.
Dr Ang Yong-Guan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1979 with a medical degree and did his post-graduate training in psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh from 1984 to 1986.