Did you attend any of these 11 schools too?

Many of Singapore’s politicians helm from top schools like Raffles Institution and Hwa Chong Institution. This pathway then leads them to top universities like Harvard, Stanford and Cambridge.

But obviously, it is not just the brains that makes a politician a good one. How they interact with the everyday Singaporean, how willing they are to stand up in Parliament and fight for certain minority groups, and even whether they have a pleasant face; these are all little things that contribute to being a good and successful politician.

And as we show in the rest of this post, not all our politicians are ‘Rafflesians’ or ‘HwaChies’. Yet, they do their job well enough anyway; showing that whichever school they studied in isn’t really that important after all.

1. National Junior College


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Top:

Lee Hsien Loong; PM of Singapore and MP of Ang Mo Kio GRC

Vivian Balakrishnan; Minister for Environment and Water Resources

Bottom:

Chen Show Mao; MP for Aljunied GRC

Ng Eng Hen; Defence Minister

2. Raffles Institution


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Top:

Chan Chun Sing; Secretary-General of the NTUC and #1 fan of Chee Soon Juan.

Heng Swee Keat; Education Minister and champion of “Every School is A Good School.”

Bottom:

Indranee Rajah, MP for Tanjong-Pagar GRC

3. Anglo-Chinese Junior College


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Lui Tuck Yew; Transport Minister aka the man who we blame when the MRT breaks down again.

On a more positive note, I’m certain the best of the MRT is yet to be. Right, Minister Lui?

4. Singapore Polytechnic


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From left to right: 

Cedric Foo; MP for Pioneer SMC and Group Deputy President and Chief Financial Officer of Neptune Orient Lines (shipping company).

Muhamad Faisal bin Abdul Manap; MP for Aljunied GRC

Liang Eng Hwa; MP for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC

5. Hwa Chong Institution


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From left to right:

Baey Yam Keng; MP for Tampines GRC, avid runner and selfie king.

Grace Fu; elected MP for Yuhua SMC

6. Jurong Junior College


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Top: 

Pritam Singh; MP for Aljunied GRC

Zainudin Nordin; MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC and President of the Football Association of Singapore.

Bottom:

Ang Hin Kee; MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC

7. Ngee Ann Polytechnic

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Lee Li Lian; MP for Punggol-East SMC

8. Nanyang Junior College


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From left to right:

Muhammad Faishal bin Ibrahim; MP for Nee Soon GRC

Irene Ng Phek Hoong; MP for Tampines GRC and Writer-in-Residence at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

Yeo Guat Kwang; MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC and Assistant Secretary-General of the NTUC.

9. Catholic Junior College


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Jessica Tan Soon Neo; MP for East Coast GRC and Managing Director of Microsoft Operations. Voted as one of 10 women that are changing the tech landscape in Asia. Power la dey.

10. Victoria Junior College


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Alex Yam; MP for Choa Chu Kang GRC

11. Temasek Junior College


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Top:

Low Yen Ling; Choa Chu Kang MP

Zainal Sapari; MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC

Inderjit Singh; MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC and founder of 6 different businesses.

“Every School is A Good School”

It didn’t matter that some of these politicians didn’t come from the top schools. They made it into Parliament anyway, and they’re serving the people (as best?) as they can.

Of course, making it into and excelling in the top schools will give you many more opportunities. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t build something for yourself if you’re not in one of them.

Some of these politicians prove just that.

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With reference to Parliament of Singapore