Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam was born in 1957. He is of Sri Lankan Tamil ancestry. He studied at the Anglo-Chinese School, and subsequently obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics. He went on to gain a Master’s degree in Economics from Cambridge University, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, where he received a Lucius N. Littauer Fellow award for outstanding performance.
Much of Mr Tharman’s earlier professional career was spent at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Singapore’s central bank and financial regulator, where he was the Director of Economics and eventually the Managing Director. He was awarded the Singapore Public Administration Gold Medal in 1999.
Upon entering politics in 2001, Mr Tharman was appointed a Senior Minister of State in the Ministery of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Education. He then served as Minister for Education between 2003 and 2008. In May 2006, he was also appointed to the post of Second Minister of Finance. In December 2007, Mr Tharman was appointed Minister for Finance. He continued to concurrently hold the post of Minister for Education until March 2008. Mr Tharman is currently a Member of Parliament for Jurong GRC.
Mr Tharman was admitted to the Group of Thirty in June 2008. Also known as the “The Consultative Group on International Economic and Monetary Affairs”, the group has thirty members, with Paul Volcker as Chairman of its Board of Trustees.
Mr Tharman is also Chairman of the Ong Teng Cheong Institute of Labour Studies, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA). He served for five years as Chairman of the Singapore-Liaoning Economic and Trade Council (SLETC), which was established to advance stronger links between Singapore and Liaoning Province, China.
Mr Tharman is married to Jane Yumiko Ittogi, a lawyer of Japanese-Chinese parentage. They have four children, three sons and one daughter. All of his children are of school-going age in their teens.
MESSAGE FROM MR THARMAN:
On our 45th National Day, we celebrate what is good about the nation we have built together. We also look forward to improvements that we can make.
Taman Jurong too has become a better place and a stronger community. We can look forward to more facilities for both the young and old.
a) A Senior Activity Centre where senior citizens can spend the day interacting, learning new things, and having their health needs looked into.
b) A new, high quality and subsidised child-care centre.
c) Jurong Lake Park is being beautified. A boardwalk, fishing deck and performance stage on the water will soon be open. It will be a wonderful place for recreation, community events and weddings. Come for the opening on Sept 25!
d) Cycling tracks all around Taman Jurong, including to and from Lakeside MRT and the market/food centre.
e) The fully renovated Corporation Park will open soon, with new games courts and exercise equipment.
f) Indoor sports halls in our schools, which can be used by the community too.
We will continue to extend a warm helping hand to families in need, so that they can work and live with dignity. Free tuition for students, plus many bursaries and book prizes. A reading programme for pre-schoolers. A special health-screening programme for the elderly, run by NUS’ medical school together with our grassroots. And more help for citizens who still need a job.
I encourage more residents to come forward and volunteer. Let’s keep building a strong community, where everyone cares!
Please visit our community website for more information on our grassroots activities in Taman Jurong
My warmest wishes.