5. A consistently stellar student
President’s Scholarship Ceremony at the Istana in 1988
All through his education years, Mr Chan was a top performer. In primary school, he was always either the top or second-best scorer.
Then in Raffles Junior College, he graduated among the top 4 scorers. He was later awarded 2 prestigious scholarships: President’s Scholarship and Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship.
A few years later, he was awarded with yet another scholarship – Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship – under which he completed the Sloan Fellows programme at MIT, one of the top universities in the world.
6. Loves his no-frills Casio watch
Those of us who have served in the army will probably recognise the watch in the picture. It’s the classic no-frills Casio watch. Compared to other watches, it goes for a cheap $12.50.
In a 2015 post, Mr Chan expressed joy in managing to find a replacement strap for his Casio watch. Given his humble upbringing, his frugality should come as no surprise.