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Koh Poh Koon[sunting | sunting sumber]

Dr Koh Poh Koon
WarganegaraSingapura Singapore
PendidikanNational University of Singapore
PekerjaanColorectal surgeon
Parti politikPeople's Action Party (PAP)
Anak-anak2 daughters

Dr Koh Poh Koon is a Singaporean politician and colorectal surgeon. He stood as a candidate for the governing People's Action Party (PAP) in the 2013 Punggol East by-election,[1] in which he was defeated by the candidate of the Workers' Party, Lee Li Lian.

Career[sunting | sunting sumber]

Dr Koh was the founding Director of the Colorectal Cancer Genomic Health Service at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH). He is currently the Medical Director and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at a private practice at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, as well as serving as a Consultant Surgeon at both SGH and Changi General Hospital.

Koh has also served as a Clinical Lecturer at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. His interest in medical research has also led him to serve as an Adjunct Clinician Scientist with the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

Political career[sunting | sunting sumber]

Dr Koh officially entered Singapore politics in January 2013, when he contested the by-election in the single-member constituency of Punggol East as the PAP's candidate. He had never stood in a parliamentary election before. It was reported that Koh had initially turned down Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's invitation to be the PAP's candidate in the election as he was worried that he may not be able to serve the residents well. However, after further discussions, he accepted the offer.

The by-election was triggered by the resignation of the previous Member of Parliament for the ward, the PAP's Michael Palmer (who served as the Speaker of Parliament from 2011 to 2012), who stepped down after he revealed that he had an extra-marital affair.[2]

In the by-election, Koh faced two candidates who had stood against Palmer in the 2011 general electionLee Li Lian of the Workers' Party (WP) (who won 41.01% of the votes in the constituency in 2011) and Desmond Lim of the Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) (who won 4.45% of the votes in 2011). A fourth candidate, Kenneth Jeyaretnam of the Reform Party (RP), also joined the by-election contest, making it a four-way fight.

During the nine days of campaigning for the by-election, Koh promised Punggol East residents that he would set up new childcare centres in Punggol East at convenient locations, introduce integrated eldercare facilities, do comprehensive health screening for the elderly, increase barrier-free access and sheltered linkways throughout Punggol East, set up a job placement centre and increase the food distribution programme for the lower-income, set up study areas in all RCs, explore options for new kopitiams and wet markets and set up a new community club if he was elected to Parliament.

On polling day, which was on 26 January 2013, Koh was defeated by Lee Li Lian. He garnered 12,856 votes (43.71%) compared to Lee's 16,038 votes (54.52%). Kenneth Jeyaretnam took 353 votes (1.20%), with Desmond Lim taking 168 votes (0.57%).[3]

Early life and education[sunting | sunting sumber]

Koh spent the first three years of his life living in Punggol, where his family lived in a farmhouse at Lorong Cheng Lim. The family then moved to a four-room HDB flat in Toa Payoh. His father was a bus driver who drove the cross-island public bus service 82.[4] Koh was the oldest child in his family and often worked odd jobs when he was young to support the family.[4]

Koh attended the now-defunct MacRitchie Primary School, before going on to study at Maris Stella High School and Hwa Chong Junior College. He then studied Medicine at the National University of Singapore, graduating in 1996.[1] He subsequently obatined Fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Academy of Medicine in Singapore. He also received Health Manpower Development Programme Scholarships from Singapore's Ministry of Health for advanced training in the surgical treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases in Edinburgh and at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

Personal life[sunting | sunting sumber]

Koh is married to a doctor and has two daughters.[1]

Electoral record[sunting | sunting sumber]

By-Election 2013: Punggol East
Parti Calon Undi % ±
WP Lee Li Lian 16,038 54.52 +13.49
PAP Koh Poh Koon 12,856 43.71 -10.81
RP Kenneth Jeyaretnam 353 1.20 N/A
SDA Desmond Lim Bak Chuan 168 0.57 -3.88
Margin kemenangan 3,182 10.81 -2.76
Undian rosak 417 1.40 -0.3
Peratusan mengundi 29,832 94.31 -0.99
Jumlah pengundi 31,659
WP tawan daripada PAP Ayunan +13.49

References[sunting | sunting sumber]

  1. ^ a b c "Who's contesting in Punggol East? | Fast Facts | Singapolitics". Dicapai pada 2013-01-27.
  2. ^ "Michael Palmer resigns over affair (UPDATED WITH VIDEO) | News | Singapolitics". Dicapai pada 2013-01-27.
  3. ^ "Workers' Party wins Punggol East | News | Singapolitics". Dicapai pada 2013-01-27.
  4. ^ a b "Dr Koh Poh Koon is confirmed as PAP candidate | News | Singapolitics". 2013-01-10. Dicapai pada 2013-01-27.

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