Minister of State for Ministry of National Development
Desmond has served as MP for Jurong GRC since 2011.
He was appointed Minister of State for National Development in 2013. He is also a member of the National Youth Council, and Chairman of the Youth Corps Singapore Advisory Committee. Desmond heads the Friend of Ubin Network, chairs the Rail Corridor Partnership, and is a member of the Jurong Lake District Steering Committee.
Before joining politics, Desmond served as a justice’s law clerk of the Supreme Court, and later as Deputy Public Prosecutor in the Attorney-General’s Chambers. He also worked in the Ministry of Law and headed the legal department in the Ministry of Health. From 2009 to 2013, Desmond was appointed a lay member of the Ministry of Health’s National Transplant Ethics Panel. After entering politics, he worked as an in-house corporate counsel.
Desmond graduated from the National University of Singapore with First Class Honours in Law in 2001. In 2005, he obtained a Masters in Law from the University of Oxford. He is married, and has 3 young children.