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Mr. Feedback

“Whoever steps into the job would probably find Dr Tan —fondly and simply known as “Doc” to many — a hard act to follow. In his four years as the Unit’s first and only chief so far, the MP for Ayer Rajah has so established his credibility that he has come to stand for Feedback with a capital F and to personify the Unit in the eyes of the public”

The Straits Times
4 February 1989

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Champion for the Underdogs

“He is indeed a very busy man, but he remains approachable. One of the most remarkable characteristics of his personality is his dauntless spirit of fighting for the underdogs.

His involvement with the disabled came at a time when accessibility to public places for the disabled was an issue of public attention.

While most people in public service would only pay lip-service in support of a barrier-free society, Dr Tan was prepared to put his money where his mouth is. He is an ardent believer that deeds speak louder than words.”


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| Profile

1. Key Facts:
• Medical Doctor since 1968
• 26 years : Member of Parliament, 77% over 6 GEs
• 26 years : Charity involvement
• 20 years : Corporate Chairman, Corporate Governance
• 15 years : Foreign Relations – Leader of S’pore-Europe, SEA, Parliamentary Group

Gender : Male
Date of Birth : 26 April 1940
Place of Birth : Singapore
Nationality : Singaporean
Race : Chinese
Dialect Group : Hokkien
Religion : Catholic
Marital Status : Married to Lee Choon Lain
Children : 1 Son and 1 Daughter
Grandchildren : 2 Boys and 3 Girls

2. Education Background
1954 – Radin Mas Primary School
1960 – Raffles Institution
1968 – MBBS (University of Singapore)

3. Present Occupation / Corporate Appointments
Since 1971 : Medical Director – Ama Keng Medical Clinic
(Paid-up Capital US$152m FY June 2010)
Since 1997 : Chairman of Dredging International Asia Pacific Pte Ltd (of DEME Group)
Since 2006 : President of Jurong Country Club (2006)

4. Past Corporate Appointments
2008 – 2009 : ING Asia Private Bank Ltd (of ING Groep N.V.)
2006 – 2010 : M&C Reit Management Ltd
2006 – 2010 : M&C Business Trust Management Ltd
• Jurong Health Services (up to Mar 2011)
• Jurong Medical Centre (up to Mar 2011)

1991- 21 Oct 2011: Chairman of Chuan Hup Holdings Ltd

1992 – 21 Oct 2011 : Director at PCI

5. Political Career Profile
General Election Constituency Scorecard
1980 Dec Ayer Rajah 83.4%
1984 Dec Ayer Rajah 75.4%
1988 Sep Ayer Rajah 69.6%
1991 Apr Ayer Rajah 75.2%
1997 Jan Ayer Rajah 73.2%
2001 Nov Ayer Rajah 88.0%
1987 – 1996 Elected Member, PAP Central Executive Committee

6. Past Appointments
• Feedback Unit (1984 – 1989) – Ministry of Community Development
• 1st Chairman (1985 –1989) Town Councils
• Chairman Jurong East Town Council (Aug 1989 –1991)
• V. Chairman Jurong East Town Council (Aug 1991- 1996)
• Chairman West Coast-Ayer Rajah Town Council (Nov 2001-Dec 2004)
• Vice Chairman, Bukit Timah Town Council (Jan 1997)
Community Development Council (CDC)
• Chairman, Bukit Timah CDC (Dec 1997- Nov 2000)
• Vice Chairman, South West CDC

7. Parliamentary Appointments
Government Parliament Committee (GPC)
1987 –1988 : Co-ordinating Chairman for all GPCs
1987 –1990 : Chairman, GPC for Education
1991 –1995 : Chairman, GPC for National Development
1995 –1997 : Chairman, GPC for The Environment
1997 –2000 : Member, GPC for Communications
2001 –2006 : Member, GPC for Defence and Foreign Affairs

8. Parliamentary Appointments (Foreign Relations)
Leader, Parliamentary Group,
1991 – 1996 : Singapore-European Parliamentary Group
1997 – 2006 : Singapore SEA Parliamentary Group
Tan Cheng Bock led Singapore’s Parliamentarians in discussions with overseas counterparts for 15 years.

9. Transport
Board Member/ Director of:
• Provisional MRT Transit Authority (1983 – 1983)
• Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (1983 –1985)
• S.M.R.T (1987 –1995)
• Land Transport Authority (1995 –2005)

10. Charity Organisations
• Tsao Organisation (2000 –2009)
• Centre for Third Age Ltd (2007 –2011)
• Disabled People’s Association (1985 –2006)
• Handicap Welfare Association (1986 –2006)
• Credit Counselling Singapore (2002 to 2007)

11. Past Advisor
• Singapore Bank Officers Association
• Enterprise Promotion Centre
• Credit Counselling Singapore
• Food and Beverage Industrial Union (FBIWU)
• Bukit Timah CDC (2001)
• Jurong Football Club (now defunct)

12. Other Medical Appointments
• Assist Secretary, Society of Private Practice (1976 –1977)
• Chairman, Society of Private Practice (1978 –1980)
• Committee Member, Council of the SMA
• Chairman of the SMA Trust Fund
• Board Member, SMA’s Ethics Committee and SMA’s
Representative on the Ministry of Health’s Committee on the
Regulation of Medical Clinics
• Council Member, College of General Practitioners
• Part-time clinical teacher in General Practice at National
University of Singapore

13. Awards and Decorations
• Singapore Medical Association (SMA) Sreenivasan Orator
• Orator, Obstetrics & Gynaecology Society
• Fellow, College of Family Practitioners
• Honorary Member, Singapore Medical Association
• Honorary Member, Republic of Singapore Yacht Club
• Governor, Tower Club
• Honoured – 100 Rafflesians (1823 – 2003)

14. Hobbies
• Music (Ukelele)
• Gardening
• Golf