GE2020: PAP candidate Tan See Leng clarifies directorship issue surfaced on social media

Dr Tan See Leng, PAP candidate for Marine Parade GRC. (PHOTO: PAP)

SINGAPORE — People’s Action Party (PAP) candidate Dr Tan See Leng has addressed online allegations that he holds a large number of directorships in healthcare companies, and thus would not have time to serve residents as a Member of Parliament (MP).

Tan, who is contesting in Marine Parade group representation constituency (GRC), was said in a social media post to be holding 69 positions in various healthcare companies.

The post listed all the positions, and questioned whether the 55-year-old, the former group chief executive officer and managing director of IHH Healthcare – the second-largest listed hospital group in the world by market capitalisation – would have time and energy to even serve as a part-time MP for Marine Parade GRC if elected.

Directorships ceased after resignation

In his Facebook reply, Tan said he no longer holds those positions, as he had resigned from IHH Healthcare at the end of 31 December 2019.

“I wish to correct the wrong impression... The directorships were the result of my position as the Group CEO and MD of the listed company IHH Healthcare Bhd,” he wrote in his Facebook post.

“With the cessation of my employment, all my directorships of active companies related to the group have also ceased at the end of 31 December 2019. The directorships listed are part of dormant companies in the process of undergoing voluntary liquidation and winding up which do not require any active work nor time.”

Tan added that he currently holds four directorships: at Surbana Jurong (paid), social enterprise raiSE (not paid), NUH Fund Ltd (not paid) and NUH Health Research Endowment Fund (not paid). He is also volunteering as an adviser for Temasek Foundation.

Tan replaces Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong as chairman of the Marine Parade PAP branch. ESM Goh is retiring from politics.

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