It’s Just Like JC All Over Again

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Obbana Rajah

After the recent Cabinet reshuffle, four schoolmates from Raffles Junior College (RJC) find themselves colleagues.

This reunion comes 30 years after taking their A-Level examinations together.

The four, Edwin Tong, Chan Chun Sing, Ong Ye Kung and Tan Chuan-Jin were all batch-mates at RJC.

However, right after JC, their paths diverged a bit, before coincidentally coming together again during this Cabinet reshuffle.

After junior college, current Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung became a civil servant, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing and Speaker of the House Tan Chuan-Jin both went on to join the Singapore Armed Forces, becoming generals, and Edwin Tong, soon-to-be Senior Minister of State for Law and Health was Senior Counsel at Allen & Gledhill LLC.

2015 also saw all four former RJC boys elected to Parliament, with two in Marine Parade GRC – Edwin Tong and Tan Chuan-Jin.


obbana@theindependent.sg

9 COMMENTS

    • The Elites Club. I wonder how these elites can solve the problem of inequality in Singapore. The government only know how to wayang, like the recent Red Cross event where Shammugan talked about how these event help address the issue of inequality. But as long as we don’t see the LKY era coming back, where in the 1950s & 1960s, even those at the lowest rung of society can become MP, whatever wayang, Singapore will still remain a traditional Chinese where scholars don’t mix with farmers and craftsmen.

    • Xianhong Low has a point, but no two person think or manage alike. Some got their hands tight, or just go by the wind. I believe a couple of these backbenchers are able to lead if given a chance. Let’s observe ……

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