Sylvia Lim (Politician) Wiki, Biography, Age, Husband, Net Worth

is a Singaporean politician, lawyer and former lecturer. Lim has been serving as the chairwoman of the Worker’s Party since 2003, she has been the Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Paya Lebar division of Aljunied GRC since 2020.

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Sylvia Lim Wiki, Biography

Date of Birth 28 March 1965
Birth Day 13 July
Birth Years 1954
Age 56 years old
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Birth Country Singapore
Nationality Singaporean
Famous As Politician
Also Known for Politician
Zodiac Sign Aries
Occupation Politician

Also Known by the Full name Sylvia Lim Swee Lian, is a Good Politician. She was born on 28 March 1965, in [1]
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Early Life Story, Family Background and Education

Lim attended CHIJ Our Lady of Good Counsel, CHIJ St. Joseph’s Convent and National Junior College before graduating from the National University of Singapore in 1988 with a Bachelor of Laws degree with honours. She went on complete a Master of Laws at the University College London in 1989, and was called to the bar in Singapore in 1991. She later completed a master’s degree in criminal justice from the Michigan State University in 2014, online.

During her undergraduate and postgraduate studies, Lim did volunteer work with the Spastic Children’s Association, Salvation Army Home for the Aged and University College Hospital. She later did voluntary editorial work for the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme of the Law Society of Singapore.

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Sylvia Lim Swee Lian Net Worth

Sylvia Lim Swee Lian has a net worth of $1.5 million (Estimated) which she earned from her occupation as Politician. Famously known as the Politician of Singapore. She is seen as one of the most successful Politician of all times. Sylvia Lim Swee Lian Wealth & Primary Source of earning is being a successful Singaporean Politician.

Sylvia entered the career as Politician In her early life after completing her formal education..

Net Worth

Estimated Net Worth in 2022 $0.5 Million to $1.5 Million Approx
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Personal Life, Relationships and Dating

Lim’s father, Lim Choon Mong, worked in the police force before quitting to study law in London and qualified as a practicing lawyer at age 39. In an interview with The Straits Times in 2013, Lim said much of her early political education were received in large part from her father. Her father died in August 2017. Lim’s mother was a nurse.

Lim is a Catholic. While speaking at the CANA Catholic Centre Talk of the Town event in 2014, Lim said she tries “to read the bible everyday” but prefers to keep her faith private, adding that it is “not my nature to evangelise” as others may already have their own religion in which they take comfort in.

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Born on 28 March 1965, the Politician is Probably the most famous person on social media. Sylvia is a popular celebrity and social media influencer. With her huge number of social media followers, she frequently shares numerous individual media files for viewers to comment with her massive amount of support from followers across all major social media sites. Affectively interact with and touch her followers. You can scroll down for information about her Social media profiles.

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Many online commentators on Channel News Asia’s Facebook page, citing the presence of parliamentary privilege and the fact that it was an elected MP’s duty to voice out the concerns of the public, were largely unconvinced by Shanmugam’s accusations and saw no issue with Lim’s statement. They also pointed out that Shanmugam seemed to have a personal discontent with Lim, judging from the numerous occasions in which both had clashed in Parliament. Lim highlighted this in Parliament in a statement during clarification time, “I can understand why he wants to accuse me of various things because he probably was not happy about past debates where I had disagreed with some of his legislative changes and in typical fashion, he always accuses me of dishonesty when as far as I am concerned I’ve acted honestly.”

Finance Minister Heng pressed Lim for the “basis for her suspicions”. Lim responded by taking a dig at Heng, “I don’t think the Finance Minister was listening to my speech.”

Former PAP MP Tan Cheng Bock also weighed in on the issue, voicing out on how the ministers were “brow-beating” Lim to extract an apology from her. He said, “Instead of getting upset, the Ministers should be thankful Sylvia Lim gave them an opportunity to explain. If the government’s position is ‘no’ then just say no and let’s just stop at that. No need to get defensive.” The debate led to numerous Singaporeans breaking out in satire and coming up with various ridiculous reasons for one’s demand of an apology.


In opposing the renewal of the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act (CLTPA) on 6 February 2018, Lim questioned the premature renewal of the bill and said that the government had “gone too far” with the additional provisions, charging that the addition of a finality clause in the act to make the Minister’s decision on whether to detain someone without trial final was an “attempt to make the Minister (for Home Affairs) all-powerful”. Lim added that she found the addition of the finality clause “very troubling” and “a position too arrogant for the House to adopt”.

Addressing Parliament on the second day of the Financial Budget debate on 28 February 2018, Lim focused her speech on addressing social and economic inequality and how it posed a threat to Singapore’s solidarity. Lim also questioned if the Government had commissioned independent studies on social mobility using longitudinal data.

On 1 March 2018, Lim also pointed out that the Government had earlier floated “test balloons” on a possible GST hike but the public noted a contradiction with Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam’s earlier statements that the Government already had enough money for the decade. This was, in Lim’s view, a possible factor that led to the tax hike of two percentage points to 9% taking place only sometime between 2021 and 2025 instead of immediately. She said, “I rather suspect myself that the Government is stuck with that announcement otherwise… perhaps we would be debating a GST hike today.”

Speaking at the start of the Parliamentary sitting on 6 March 2018, Leader of the House and Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu demanded that Lim apologise to the House by 8 March 2018 and to withdraw her “allegation” that the Government had floated “test balloons” on the need to raise the GST. Fu had said Lim “cannot contend that her suspicion remains reasonable and honestly held” when clarification has been given to her by ministers in Parliament and elsewhere. Lim was not present in the chamber when Fu made her statement.

Lim responded to the issue in Parliament on 8 March 2018. In her 6-minute statement, Lim said she could accept her suspicion “may not have been correct”, but strongly rejected the government’s accusation that her suspicion on the timing of the GST hike had no basis, and set out in detail a chronology of events including news reports and data published by economists which led to her to believe the GST might be raised in 2018. According to States Times Review, over 20 news reports of impending GST hike have been published by government-owned news media companies during the period of three months prior to Budget 2018 while the government ministries themselves maintained totally silent on the issue, thereby forming the basis of test balloons used in Lim’s analogy. Lim reiterated that the public was worried about the impending GST hike, and she was not accusing the government of dishonesty.


The writ of election for Presidential Elections 2017 was issued soon after on 28 August 2017. On the same day, Lim filed an adjournment motion titled “Counting from President Wee Kim Wee or President Ong Teng Cheong – policy decision or legal question?” for the parliamentary sitting on 11 September 2017. Her adjournment motion was subsequently balloted out twice as other PAP MPs had also filed adjournment motions, rendering her unable to speak on the issue.

Lim delivered her speech on the adjournment motion on 3 October 2017, after two unsuccessful attempts. In a strongly-worded 18-minute speech, Lim stated on the outset that the “public was very divided” on the implementation of reserved presidential elections. She accused the government — particularly PM Lee, DPM Teo, and Minister Chan — of attempting to “confuse and distract”, and misleading Parliament by “merely using the AGC’s advice as a cover to avoid full Parliamentary debate on why the count was not starting from President Ong Teng Cheong”. In his reply, Law Minister Shanmugam rejected Lim’s assertions that the government was attempting to mislead, saying that the “government has always been clear that when it comes to the counting, it is a policy matter for Parliament to decide”. He also took a swipe at Lim and berated, “Ms Lim protests far too much.”


Singapore’s 13th Parliament opened on 25 January 2016 following the elections in 2015. In her Parliamentary speech to President Tony Tan Keng Yam’s addenda, Lim called for fundamental changes to Singapore’s education system and how students are assessed, as well as scaling back the government’s presence in non-core government functions such as in the boards of sports groups so as to allow such organisations to “manage their own affairs”. Lim further noted that “an exceptional nation should have a people whose DNA is being unafraid to fail”.

Lim has opposed the elected presidency, advocating for the president to be an appointed one instead. Lim argued that a president “elected under a PAP government might be pro-PAP and could potentially cripple a non-PAP government in its first term”. In a debate with Law Minister K Shanmugam in November 2016, Lim also disagreed on the “dual role” expected of the elected president – being a custodian of reserves as well as being a head of state – as this might lead to the president being faced with a confrontational situation with the government.


Less than a month before election day on 12 August 2015, Lim set up her Instagram account with the first post showing a photo of herself eating oyster omelette at Fengshan Hawker Centre. The accompanying caption read “The taste of Fengshan – heavenly!” and a cryptic hashtag “#ReasonsToWin”. A media frenzy and large public reaction ensued, with rumours circulating that Lim was considering a move to contest the election in Fengshan SMC. Alluding to the financial problems of the WP-run Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean joined in the fray, criticising Lim for wanting to “swallow up Fengshan” and “help the town council with the deficit”. Lim later replied that it was “unfortunate” that Teo “does not seem to have a sense of humour”.

In the 2015 Singaporean general election, Lim defended her Aljunied GRC ward against a new PAP team led by Yeo Guat Kwang. Campaigning on the platform “Empower Your Future”, the vote numbers came down to the wire and a recount had to be conducted as the margin was less than 2%. At 03:10 AM SST on 12 September 2015, Lim and her team was returned to Parliament with a reduced majority of 50.96%.


Lim expressed support for the Pioneer Generation Package rolled out by the government in 2014, but raised concerns with regards to the MediShield Life scheme, particularly for Singaporeans who are already on private medical insurance or those living abroad.

Lim is a Catholic. While speaking at the CANA Catholic Centre Talk of the Town event in 2014, Lim said she tries “to read the bible everyday” but prefers to keep her faith private, adding that it is “not my nature to evangelise” as others may already have their own religion in which they take comfort in.


The AIM saga, which involved the termination of town council IT software owned by the PAP in the event of a “material change” in the leadership of a town, became a much talked about issue in the lead up to the Punggol East by-election in 2013. Lim contended that a “material change” was taken to mean a “change in political leadership” as in Aljunied GRC, and questioned how the public interest was served with the presence of such a termination clause. This led to Lim filing an adjournment motion in Parliament titled Safeguarding the Public Interest in Town Council Management, which she withdrew after the government announced it will conduct a review on the issue. Then Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan accused Lim of being “self-righteous” and “arrogant”, in which Lim replied she “definitely does not accept his ascription of those motives to me personally”. The WP won the by-election in Punggol East.

Lim opposed the Public Order Bill in the aftermath of the 2013 Little India riot, characterising the “hasty introduction” of the bill as a “knee-jerk reaction” by the government. She noted that the bill would in effect “stigmatise Little India as a special zone requiring special legislation” and that “there are already sufficient powers under our laws” with the Committee of Inquiry (COI) set to release its recommendations soon. Lim further expressed concerns with regards to newly imposed liquor control regulations, as well as policing resources and manpower required to handle such occurrences.

Lim rose again to respond strongly against Fu’s charges by quoting a part of Prime Minister Lee’s closing speech during the 38 Oxley Road saga, “If MPs believe that something is wrong, it’s MPs’ job to pursue the facts and make these allegations in their own name, decide whether something seems to be wrong. And if you think something is wrong, even if you’re not fully sure, then come to this House, confront the Government, ask for explanations and answers.” Lim requested Fu to clarify if there was a “difference in standard here – One standard when the PM’s name needs to be cleared, and another standard when we are talking about raising taxes on the people?”

Lim’s father, Lim Choon Mong, worked in the police force before quitting to study law in London and qualified as a practicing lawyer at age 39. Old photographs from the National Archives of Singapore show Lim’s father, who was then in the police force, regularly giving briefings to founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew whenever Lee visited the army barracks. In an interview with The Straits Times in 2013, Lim said much of her early political education were received in large part from her father. Her father died in August 2017. Lim’s mother was a nurse.


In 2012, Lim engaged in a heated debate with Law Minister K Shanmugam where she questioned if the judgement published by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) with regards to the Woffles Wu speeding case had addressed public concerns on the equitability of Singapore’s legal system. Wu was fined S$1,000 in June 2012 under section 81(3) of the Road Traffic Act. Lim questioned why a custodial sentence was not imposed, noting that “aggravating factors” such as Wu abetting someone to provide false information to the police, and that he had committed more than one offence over a prolonged period would have warranted a harsher sentence. Shanmugam insisted that the treatment of the law applied in Wu’s case was in line with prior cases of a similar nature, and challenged Lim repeatedly to name “a single case” in which a custodial sentence was imposed on cases with such a nature.


Lim re-entered the legal sector following the 2011 general election. She is currently senior associate in Peter Low LLC, helmed by former Law Society president Peter Low.

In 2011, Lim noted that the Compulsory Education Act ensures that all children have the opportunity to receive an education. However, she expressed concern that processes for entry to schools for children with special needs were cumbersome. Furthermore, education for children with special needs was not subject to the same subsidies that students in mainstream schools had. She thus brought to the House’s attention the fact that special needs children might have been unintentionally marginalized. These concerns were supported by Penny Low, MP for Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC.

In the 2011 general election, Lim again contested in Aljunied GRC, along with Muhamad Faisal Manap, Pritam Singh, Chen Show Mao and party leader Low Thia Khiang, who vacated his seat of Hougang to lead the charge in Aljunied. Lim and her party campaigned on the slogan “Towards a First World Parliament”, which entailed maintaining checks and balances in Parliament to keep the ruling party accountable to the public, and for opposition parties to gain experience in policy formulation and constituency work. In her final election rally speech, Lim emphasised that contrary to the public’s perception, there was “no glamour” in being an opposition MP, and that she was only “fighting to serve”. In a televised political broadcast on cooling-off day, Lim warned the public that “there is a very real danger of an 87 to nil score … and if that happens, Singapore’s political landscape will suffer a tremendous setback from which we may never recover.”

In her maiden speech as an opposition MP in October 2011, Lim urged the government to adopt a more holistic approach in assessing the well-being of Singaporeans, which included using Gross National Happiness (GNH) as an indicator apart from conventional indicators such as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Lim further noted in her speech that Singapore was a co-sponsor of Bhutan’s resolution in the United Nations entitled Happiness: Towards a holistic approach to development. Lim’s speech drew swift rebuttals from MPs of the ruling People’s Action Party, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong who suggested later in 2014 that it was impractical “to switch to a different metric – from GDP to GNH”. Lim replied that “the search for alternative indicators other than GDP is highly relevant … GNH is not merely about measuring an emotion. It is about measuring societal progress in a holistic way”.


In 2010, Lim mooted the idea that the proportion of each Primary 1 cohort that would be seeking a university education should be increased beyond the 30% by 2015 that the Government was planning. She noted that in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries in 2006 about 37% of each age cohort received a degree-level education, and that a sizeable number of Singaporean students who failed to gain entry into local universities had done well in reputable universities overseas. She also suggested giving concessionary fares to disabled individuals who make up 2% of the adult population under 60 years.

Lim expressed concerns about a proposed constitutional amendment introduced in April 2010 that would allow magistrates to hear what are called “first mentions” through video conferencing. A first mention is a hearing that must be held within 48 hours of a person’s arrest. She felt it failed to adequately assure accused people that they were allowed to complain to magistrates about injuries they had sustained or acts of misfeasance against them by the authorities. In response, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Wong Kan Seng assured MPs that processes would be in place to ensure that accused people are treated fairly. For example, during a video conference, an accused person will be alone in a room with no police officer, and will be able to see what is happening in the entire courtroom. Secondly, the screen that will be used by the judge is large enough to enable him or her to clearly see whether the accused is under duress. Finally, accused people who have been mistreated can either complain to the police or to the judge when they are later present in court.


In 2009, Parliament debated the Human Organ Transplant (Amendment) Bill which would permit an organ donor to receive a reasonable amount of payment as a reimbursement for medical checks, insurance and other medical expenses, and loss of income. Lim spoke of her worry that the bill might lead to a backdoor organ trading and profiteering.


In March 2006, Temasek Polytechnic modified its staffing policies to enable Lim to run as a candidate in the general election without having to resign her teaching position at the institution.

At the 2006 general election, Lim led the WP team to contest the Aljunied Group Representation Constituency (Aljunied GRC), campaigning on the slogan “You have a Choice”. Means testing in hospitals, as well as the James Gomez fiasco became hot button issues during the election campaign.

During her term in Parliament, Lim spoke out against ministers’ salaries, and also against means testing in hospitals, which resulted in the PAP deferring a decision on this for a period of two years from 2006 to 2008. In addition, she also called for a reduction in the Goods and Services Tax, arguing that it was a regressive tax, and urged the government to do more to help retrenched workers.

Lim has suggested since 2006 that a reversion back to the system where the president is appointed by Parliament would “naturally take care of any concerns of minority representation and would not be regressive”. Lim further called for a national referendum for Singaporeans to decide whether the public preferred an elected or appointed president. Lim therefore voted against the constitutional amendments on the Elected Presidency Act in February 2017, which would provide for a reserved election if and when an individual from a minority race has not been president for five consecutive terms. She took issue with the government’s decision to use Wee Kim Wee’s presidential term as the basis of starting the count for the hiatus triggered mechanism, arguing that Wee was never elected by the people.


Lim was cited as feeling “distressed” that opposition parties could contest only one-third of the parliamentary seats during the 2001 general election. 10 days after the election, she joined the Workers’ Party (WP) and within 18 months quickly rose to become the Chairman of the party in 2003.


Lim joined Temasek Polytechnic in 1998 as a law lecturer. She was also the Manager of Professional Development and Manager of Continuing Education and Training at the polytechnic’s School of Business. Her main areas of teaching and research were in civil and criminal procedure, criminal justice and private security. During her time at Temasek Polytechnic, Lim 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.


Lim joined the law firm M/s Lim & Lim in 1994. She handled litigation work both civil and criminal cases in the High Court, Subordinate Courts and Juvenile Court between 1994 and 1998.


In 1991, Lim joined the Singapore Police Force for three years as a police inspector. She initially did investigation work at the Central Police Division Headquarters, and then became a staff officer under the Director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).


Lim had her early education at CHIJ Our Lady of Good Counsel, CHIJ St Joseph’s Convent and National Junior College. She then read law at the National University of Singapore (NUS), graduating with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 1988. She obtained a Master of Laws from the University of London (University College London) in 1989, and was called to the Bar in Singapore in 1991. She later obtained an online master’s in criminal justice from the Michigan State University in 2014.

Lim was returned as an elected Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC after her team won 54.71%[1] of the votes (54.72% including overseas votes), the first time that an opposition party won a GRC since the system’s introduction on 1 June 1988. In addition, the defeat of the incumbent PAP team marked the first time in Singapore’s electoral history that a serving cabinet minister lost his seat.


Sylvia Lim Swee Lian MP (Chinese: 林瑞莲 ; pinyin: Lín Ruìlián ; born 28 March 1965) is a Singaporean politician, criminal lawyer and academic.

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