Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sylvia Lim Chairman of the Workers' Party of Singapore

Lim Swee Lian Sylvia (simplified Chinese: pinyin: Lín Ruì Lián, born March 28, 1965) is the Chairman of the Workers' Party of Singapore, and a law lecturer and Manager of Professional Development at Temasek Polytechnic Business School in Singapore. She is presently the only Non-Constituency Member of Parliament in the Singapore Parliament.

Sylvia Lim  Early life and career

Lim studied Law at the National University of Singapore after completing her pre-university education at National Junior College, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree. She obtained a Master of Laws degree from the University of London in 1989, and was called to the Singapore Bar in 1991. During her undergraduate and postgraduate studies, she did volunteer work with the Spastic Children's Association, Salvation Army Home for the Aged and the University College Hospital (London). She did editorial work on a voluntary basis for the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme of the Law Society thereafter.

In 1991, she joined the Singapore Police Force as a Police Inspector where she served for three years; she was active in investigation work, including supervision, at the Central Police Division Headquarters and, thereafter, was staff officer to the Director of the Criminal Investigation Department.

In 1994, she returned to practise law in the private sector, with M/s Lim & Lim. From 1994 to 1998, she handled both civil and criminal cases in the High Court, Subordinate Courts and Juvenile Court.

Lim joined Temasek Polytechnic in 1998 as a lecturer with its Diploma in Law and Management, and she is also the Manager of Continuing Education and Training at the polytechnic's Business School. Her main areas of teaching and research are in civil and criminal procedure, criminal justice and private security. During her time at Temasek Polytechnic, Lim had contributed to the volume on Criminal Procedure for Halsbury's Laws of Singapore (2003), a legal practitioners' reference series, and has also collected and published primary research on private security in Singapore.

In March 2006, Temasek Polytechnic modified its policy, so that Lim did not need to resign from her lecturer position before she ran in the upcoming general election.

Sylvia Lim  General Election 2006

On April 27, 2006, nomination day for the general election 2006, Lim led a team of five Workers' Party members to contest the Aljunied Group Representation Constituency (GRC) in a straight fight between the People's Action Party team led by Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo of the People's Action Party (PAP) and the Workers' Party team, in her maiden electoral battle. Lim's GRC team garnered 43.9% of the vote in the hotly-contested GRC on May 6, 2006. As the best-performing opposition leader in the election, the Workers' Party decided to accept her nomination as a Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP).

Sylvia Lim Birthday   
March 28, 1965
Sylvia Lim Country    Singapore
Sylvia Lim Current Office   
Office: Non-Constituency Member of Parliament
Sylvia Lim State: Singapore
Sylvia Lim Party: The Workers' Party
Sylvia Lim Religious Views   
Roman Catholic 
Sylvia Lim Appointments:
• Chairman, Workers' Party (2003 - Present)
• Council Member, Workers' Party (2001 - 2003)
• Chairman, WP North-Eastern Area Committee (2002 - Present)
• Town Councillor, Hougang Town Council (2005 - Present)

Sylvia Lim General Election Results:
• 2006 - Aljunied GRC: 43.9%

Sylvia Lim Employer:
    Temasek Polytechnic
Sylvia Lim Position:
    Law Lecturer
Time Period:
    1998 to present
    M/s Lim & Lim
    Legal Assistant to Partner
Time Period:
    1994 to 1998
    Singapore Police Force
Time Period:
    1991 to 1994
Education Info

Sylvia Lim Colleges: * University College London '88
        * LL.M

        * National University of Singapore '84
        * LL.B (Hons)

Sylvia Lim High School: * National Junior College
Sylvia Lim Gender    Female
Sylvia Lim Email
Sylvia Lim Phone    (+65) 9852 5901
Sylvia Lim Location    VBox 881451
Singapore 919191
Sylvia Lim Website

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