10 Facts About Future Deputy PM Chan Chun Sing

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.

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