Announcement of candidates for GE 2011Published: 20th April 2011
The Reform Party today announced a number of candidates it would field for General Elections 2011:
- Mr Kenneth Jeyaretnam
- Mr Frankie Low
- Mr Andy Zhu
- Mr Kumar Appavoo
- Ms Harn Ho
Profiles of candidates
Kenneth Andrew Jeyaretnam, 51, is the Reform Party Secretary-General. He has over 30 years’ experience in the finance industry, most recently as manager of his own Hedge Fund but including roles as an investment banker with Nomura and the merchant banking arm of HSBC. The son of the late J. B. Jeyaretnam, his business background and political pedigree is matched by his academic qualifications with a first class honours BA and an MA in economics from Cambridge University.
Frankie C H Low, 51, is the CEO and President of several companies in Singapore as well as in the Asian region.
He attended Stamford College for his diploma in Marketing from The Institute of Marketing (UK). He also obtained his diploma in Interior Design from a local art school in Singapore and is currently pursuing his MBA under the Stanford Executive Programme.
He started his working career with Rank Xerox and Pearl & Dean as a marketing professional. He later joined the Pan Pacific group of companies and rose to the post of Account Director, having handled many international exhibitions in the Asia Pacific region. He also held several appointments and secondments handling many international clients like AT&T, Boeing, Ericsson and Sony.
He came back to Singapore in 1991, where he started his own signage business. Today, Signexpress and Datum Design have gone regional, having offices in China, Myanmar and Malaysia and associate offices in the Asia region. Signxepress is now one of the leading signage fabricators in Singapore and is working toward a possible IPO listing in the near future. Frankie was also the signage consultant for prestigious projects like the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, Orchard Central and JTC ‘s revamp of logos and external signages and is currently involved in two prestigious projects in China.
Frankie is also very much involved in politics in Singapore, having joined the Singapore People’s Party with the ambition of working toward a strong opposition presence in Singapore. He was the Secretary of the Workers’ Party Eastern Committee where he participated in many grassroots activites, policy proposals and working agendas for the party. He joined the Reform Party team as a significant move toward opposition unity and possible alliance between opposition parties in Singapore.
Zhu Laicheng Andy, 28, is the Chairman as well as a CEC member of the Reform Party. He grew up in the heartlands, and was educated in our local educational institutions. He is currently working in a Real Estate company as a Senior District Manager.
Andy joined The Reform Party in 2008 and has been a committed and active grassroots member for outreach programmes contributing to the Party. Being a sociable person, he greatly enjoys meeting with fellow Singaporeans to hear their views, as well as getting to know Singaporeans better as friends and neighbours. Andy eagerly looks forward to continuing with the outreach sessions in the years to come.
Andy is stepping forward for GE2011 to represent and raise the concerns of all Singaporeans.
Kumar Appavoo, 42 is a director of a trading and construction business. His father was involved in politics and stood under the party banner of the Singapore Alliance in 1963, on the invitation of the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman. Kumar’s father was the ex-Secretary of the Singapore City Council Employees’ Co-operative Thrift and Loan Society Limited.
While in primary and secondary school in Saint Andrew’s, he was very active in sports such as soccer, hockey and rugby, being appointed as captain in the hockey and soccer teams. He then went on to Singapore Polytechnic to obtain a diploma in Building.
Kumar’s first job was in the construction industry, starting off as a technical officer, then advancing to a more senior role of managing the construction of new buildings in Singapore and overseas. During this time, Kumar was responsible for a construction project valued at $15 million. He diversified later into the oil and gas industry as a trader.
Kumar is married with a 6 year-old child.
Ho Soak Harn, 29, is the Head of the Women’s Wing as well as a CEC member of the Reform Party. She attended National Junior College for her ‘A’ levels, where she was also a member of the national Swim Team. She subsequently attended the Missouri State University in the USA on the Board of Governors and the Multicultural Leadership Scholarship. She also participated in a study-abroad student exchange program for one year to Canada, and was later awarded the Economics Alumni Scholarship before graduating with Summa Cum Laude Honours.
She earned her Masters degree in Economics from Northern Illinois University (NIU) where she was awarded a Graduate Research Assistantship. Her concentrations were in Labour and Public Economics. In recognition of her outstanding academic performance, she was also awarded with a Summer Fellowship from the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER).
Upon graduation, she joined Discover Financial Services (a leading credit card issuer and electronic payment services company and owner of Diners Club International) as a Senior Associate in Marketing Acquisition. While living in Chicago, she also served as the Vice-President of the Singapore Chicago Connection (SCC), which was integral in helping her maintain close ties to developments in Singapore while overseas. In 2009, she made the decision to move back to Singapore to serve in a public service role, and accepted a policy position at the Ministry of Finance (MOF), where she was part of the Singapore delegation to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Harn currently works for a direct marketing agency, managing marketing campaigns for a portfolio of international clients, while staying actively involved in the local political opposition scene.
Harn is a long standing member of The Reform Party. When RP Secretary General Kenneth Jeyaretnam first proposed setting up a women’s wing in early 2010, Harn stood up to take on the task of creating and building that Wing. CEC subsequently appointed Harn to the position of leader of the RP Women’s Wing and she proudly convened the inaugural meeting in April 2010.
Harn has authored and co-authored many of the current Party policies not only those relating to issues of women, and is a regular face on walkabout and other grassroots activities. In November 2010, Ms Ho organized the hugely successful and exciting film screening gala. The night raised substantial funds for the Party through an auction of donated gifts from personalities such as Singaporean author Catherine Lim (signed copies of her new novel) and the innovative idea of Party members offering their services to be auctioned.
From her first day to now Harn has continued to demonstrate her commitment to serve The Party, grassroots activities and her country. Through her actions, her beliefs and her heart she has proven herself to be an able and dedicated Singaporean, ideally suited to contest GE2011.
Secretary General Kenneth Jeyaretnam said, “We are delighted to have her in the team. She is not only fully behind RP’s beliefs and aims but is committed to highlighting issues and finding solutions both local and national. Over the last two years on walkabout it has been a delight to see how well she reacts to the residents we meet. And in turn we have seen how warmly our citizens respond to her compassion and enthusiasm. She is representative of the type of leader RP is bringing up through the ranks and our belief in ‘leadership through action’.”