7 things to know about Alvin Tan Sheng Hui

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Alvin Tan Sheng Hui 陈圣辉

He has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tanjong Pagar GRC for Moulmein-Cairnhill since 10 July 2020.

Alvin Tan holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a First Class bachelor’s degree in economics from Sydney University.

In 2009, he was awarded a Fellowship from the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in International and Global Affairs. 

He later revealed that he was not qualified to study at any of the local universities.

1. He is humble.

In response to his alma mater’s request to be Guest of Honour for National Day Service in 2019, he replied, “Surely not, sir! I did so poorly here. There are surely many others more qualified than me.”

2. His philosophy is that it is fine to wander and explore to discover your strengths and weaknesses.

During his career, he had worked in non-profits, government, diplomacy, finance, and technology. As he learned, his calling came not from the physical sciences, but from the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

3. In his opinion, failing is okay. Don't give up, just keep trying!

During Year 1, he failed and had to repeat the year. However, he did not give up.

4. Even when you think no one is watching, he believes in being faithful in the little things.

Although he was captain of the ACJC tennis team, he said he wasn’t the best player. He was made captain for a reason.

In his own words, “The short answer was that I picked the balls. I picked the balls up after every training session, I cleaned the courts and locked the balls up in the cage long after most of the team had left.” Unbeknownst to me, my tennis teacher Mrs Roberta Tan and my seniors noticed from afar, and they thought that I could be counted on.

5. Our forefathers' toils inspire Alvin Tan.

In his own words, “Our forefathers toiled. Many worked hard under the hot sun, and in unsafe working conditions often with little pay or prospect. Many had difficulty making ends meet in the early days. Yet they never shirked from working hard to make a living. In Chinatown, we still have a small number of majie and Samsui women now in their 90s who worked as construction workers and maidservants in the 1920 – 1940s. They would tell me stories and show me their hands.”

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6. Over 15 years of volunteerism in the community.

Chinatown is where he serves. With the help of other volunteers, they devote their time to building and preserving our racial and religious compact as well as serving the older people, youth, and families.

7. Our harmonious multiracial and multi-religious society is the greatest legacy of our forefathers, according to Alvin Tan

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In his own words, “Today, my fellow inter-faith and inter-religious volunteers work hard on the ground to serve one another regardless of our faith and ethnicities.”

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