Yam Ah Mee joining Sembcorp

SINGAPORE - The public servant who became a YouTube sensation during the 2011 General Election is joining the private sector.

People's Association (PA) chief executive director Yam Ah Mee is taking over the helm at Sembcorp Design and Construction as its managing director on April 16, replacing Mr Lim Kah Hing who is retiring.

While the move ends a public service career that spans 36 years, Mr Yam sees his new job as a logical career progression. "Life is an experience," the 55-year-old said.

"So, having had experience working in the military, the public sector and in PA and some voluntary organisations - the people sector - I wanted to experience the private sector. That is why I'm moving out to pursue a different career."

Mr Yam graduated from the University of New South Wales with a first class engineering degree on a Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Training Award.

He held leadership positions in the air force, rising to the rank of brigadier-general, before joining the civil service in 1998.

After a stint as dean of the Civil Service College, he became the Transport Ministry's deputy secretary for sea and air in June 2004 and a year later, the chief executive officer of the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

Mr Yam said he sees his new job as a way of contributing to Singapore, while also leveraging on his past work experiences, developing organisations and also working in logistics and transport. Most importantly, it will continue to be "about people", he said.

Sembcorp Design and Construction is a subsidiary of government-linked utilities company Sembcorp Industries, and is a construction company for building and civil engineering projects.

Said a Sembcorp spokesman: "With Mr Yam's engineering training and experience in transport and infrastructure during his time as LTA CEO, as well as excellent people and leadership abilities in various responsibilities, including PA, we are confident that he will add value to the team."

Mr Yam will perform as a chef whipping up Passion Mee in Chingay Parade 2013:

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