About Me

Hello everyone, I am Tony Tan Lay Thiam (陈礼添). I have finally decided to start a blogsite, in order that I can record my thoughts on how we can make Singapore a better place for Singaporeans.  I also hope someday my two boys will read this blogsite, and understand my decisions, my reasons and my struggles why I decided to join Singapore politics.

I was raised by my late mom and my sisters. My dad “officially” left me when I was 14.  My mother has taught me compassion and righteousness, which I hope to internalise. I always feel that I fall short of her expectations. Even though we were not rich, she had never failed to make token donations to the poor, and ensure that we led our life meaningful. Weeks before she passed away, she reminded me that no matter how much money one makes, one can only have 3 meals a day. When she passed away, I was not surprised to learn that the charities she supported are featured in her final will. Frankly, my late mom is an ardent supporter of the ruling party. I know that my involvement in opposition political parties would be against her wish. But it is exactly because what she has taught me that makes me feel that I have to be involved. I know I better be doing good and doing right, so that when I meet her again, hopefully not so soon yet, I better be able to give her a good account of my contributions.

A bit more about myself. At age 15, I nearly quitted school. At age 17, I was nearly expelled. At 18, I was charged in the Army. I was also awarded the SAF Merit Scholarship (that is really NOT my choice & teaching scholarship was my first choice! In those days, you have 6 options & the SAF scholarships were my last few choices! Besides, I needed the money for my family) and headed for University of Cambridge to read Engineering. I met many wonderful people, including my wife Hazel Poa Koon Koon (http://hazelpoa.blogspot.com), who have helped me grow and learn. I still look back at those formative years fondly.  At age 23, I got married after my graduation.

At age 27, I was promoted to the rank of MAJOR in the Army. At age 31, I completed my bond with the government, rejected a rank promotion and joined Hazel Poa to expand the education company she had founded in 1999. We are later awarded the Spirit of Enterprise Award in 2006 and Singapore Prestige Brand Award in 2007.

By 38, we adopted 2 boys. We named them – Yong Yao (勇耀) and Yong Yi (勇毅). I live together with my parent-in-laws and my Ah Ma (mother of my father-in-law; see picture above).

Finally, this is my personal blogsite. Views contained with this blogsite are my personal views and are not views of any political party or organisation that I am associated with.

4 Responses to About Me

  1. Jeremy says:

    Hello Tony,

    I am 23 this year and studying in NTU. I am very gratified that you have chosen to stand up for your beliefs. Please continue doing work you believe in.

    Good luck!

  2. Concerned Singaporean says:

    Please continue on to be in politics with your wife and in NSP, because come GE 2016, we want to vote you into parliament.

    Next time be strategic to win by. Focusing one to two GRC and for a start start at Marine Parade because current PAP team is a dead wood team wasting tax payer money and do no much for Singaporean and they only won by slim majority in last GE.

    About time for NSP to be parliament and your key ace is Nicole Seah who really care for common Singapore an, her star appeal to common people unlike those look down arrogant I-don’t-know-me what-to-say-anything-la-stomping feet MP, million dollars ESM who waste tax payer monies and go “makan angin” all the time signing detrimental Singaporean jobs agreement he and there for PR and face, etc.

    We Singaporean need people serving politician and no Wall Street Fat Cat – my 2 cents.

    NSP will have my vote and unfortunately, my area is AMK GRC but rest assure that my vote will go to weaker B team of opposition party to give PM LHL GRC team a low percentage win rate so to SHAME PM that he and PAP have lost the moral authority to govern and moral support of the people.

    We need more compassion, people serving politicians like you, your wife and NSP to safe guard Singaporean interest in power and parliament.

    PAP has sold Singapore and Singaporean to FTs, FWs, Rich, Elite, Million Dolars Salary and Bonus, PR and Face and JiaHong campaign, spin doctors who are dominated LHL, etc.

  3. Concerned Singaporean says:

    Please kindly let me know does NSP has meet the public session like WP has on Friday night ? I would like to drop by to shake your hands and get to know NSP more.

    BTW, I am doing this and would like to assist NSP with my time is not I want to become MP but I want to kick out PAP in next GE.

    I am angry at failed policies of PAP whose liberal and lax man power and immigration policies causing me to lose my job, putting plan to have children on hold or even permanently as I now contemplating to leave for overseas because all the imported FTs wanting to hire their own in my own country.

    I am a PMET with oversea degree,NTU MBA degree and now becoming a second class citizen in my own country ….. I rather than go overseas to become a second class citizen where I may get better benefits and protections …… in welfare, social,pension benefits and then Hire Own Citizen Law that protect own citizen here.

    PAP has sold Singapore and Singaporean to BIG BUCKS and we want to reclaim my country back via NSP,WP,SDP,SPP,ETC BUT NO PAP.

    PLEASE TELL YOUREX-ARMY FRIEND TAN JUAN CHING THAT PAP HAS LOST THE MORAL AUTHORITY TO GOVERN,TRUST AND SUPPORT OF COMMON PEOPLE.

    PLEASE ADVISE HIM THAT HE JOINS YOU OR ANY NON-PAP PARTY TO LEVERAGE HIS TALENT TO SERVE SINGAPOREAN BECAUSE HE DOES HAVE TALENT – I BELIEVE EVERYONE HAS IT TOO AND IF HE IS GENUINE TO SERVE SINGAPORE AND SINGAPOREAN, PLEASE TELL HIM THAT PAP IS A WRONG PARTY AND DYING PARTY FOR FOREIGNERS, RICH, ELITE, THE HAVE AND CONNECTED,ETC

    NSP IS THE RIGHT CHOICE NOW AND PLEASE START WALKING THE GROUND NOW AND CONTINUE ON YOUR LEGAL CLINIC SO NSP WILL BE VOTED INTO PARLIAMENT IN GE 2016.

    • Thank you so much … However for now we only do meet the people session only at their place. We have been helping residents from time to time. We also have our legal clinic, open house and policy seminar; details r on NSP.sg. Do contact me if you do want to drop by. Best reds, tony

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