Cedric Foo Chee Keng (Chinese: 符致镜; pinyin: Fú Zhìjìng; born 16 July 1960) is a former Singaporean politician and corporate executive.

Cedric Foo Chee Keng
符致鏡
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for Pioneer SMC
In office
7 May 2011 – 23 June 2020
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byPatrick Tay
Minister of State of Defence
In office
1 April 2002 – 30 April 2005
Minister of State of National Development
In office
12 August 2004 – 30 April 2005
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for West Coast GRC(Pioneer)
In office
25 October 2001 – 19 April 2011
Preceded bynew ward established
Succeeded byPioneer SMC established
Personal details
Born (1960-07-16) 16 July 1960 (age 61)
Singapore
Political partyPeople's Action Party
Children4
Alma materSingapore Polytechnic (Dip, 1980)
University of Michigan (BS, 1984)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS, 1985)
OccupationPolitician
ProfessionCorporate Executive

A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), Foo served as the Member of Parliament of West Coast GRC for Pioneer from 25 October 2001 to 19 April 2011. He also was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Pioneer SMC from 7 May 2011 to 23 June 2020.[1]

Early life and educationEdit

Foo was born on 16 July 1960 in Singapore. He was educated at Kim Seng East Primary School and Tanglin Technical School (now Tanglin Secondary School), and graduated from Singapore Polytechnic in 1980.

He subsequently studied for a bachelor's degree in naval architecture and marine engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, from 1983 to 1984. In 1985, he was awarded a master's degree in ocean systems management by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

CareerEdit

Upon graduation from MIT, Foo began his career at shipping firm Neptune Orient Lines Limited (NOL), holding various executive positions, including president, NOL U.S.A. (1993–1995), and executive vice-president (finance) (1995–1999). Foo left NOL to take up the post of senior vice-president (finance and admin) at Singapore Airlines, which he held from 2000 to 2001, before subsequently assuming the position of senior vice-president (West Asia/Africa) from 2001 to 2002.

In 2002, Foo left Singapore Airlines

Foo returned to the private sector and NOL in May 2005 as group deputy president, subsequently assuming the additional portfolio of chief financial officer.

Foo has also held positions on various government statutory boards. From 2003 to 2006, Foo served as the chairman of SPRING Singapore, and was the chairman of JTC Corporation from 2008 to 2013.

Since July 2017, Foo now serves as the chief financial officer of Singapore Technologies Engineering.

Political careerEdit

Foo entered politics in 2001, as an elected Member of Parliament for the West Coast Group Representative Constituency, Pioneer Division. In 2002, he was appointed Singapore's Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence[2] and, additionally from 2004, in the Ministry of National Development.

He was re-elected in 2006 for a second parliamentary term. In the May 2011 general elections, Pioneer Division was re-designated a single-member constituency. Foo was nominated as the PAP candidate for Pioneer SMC, and returned as an elected Member of Parliament for a third term, winning 60.73% of the total votes cast. Foo continued to be the MP for Pioneer SMC, having won the 2015 general elections with 76.34% of the vote. In 2020, Foo did not stand for the 2020 Singaporean general election.[3]

He was previously the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee as well as the chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Transport. He had also served as the deputy chairman of the GPC for Finance and Trade & Industry, and also as a member of the GPC for Defence & Foreign Affairs.

Personal lifeEdit

Foo is married with four children.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "GE2020: Three- way fight in Pioneer SMC as PAP fields new candidate". CNA. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  2. ^ Singapore Country Guide. Int'l Business Publications. 2007. p. 106. ISBN 9781433044564. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  3. ^ "GE2020: Three- way fight in Pioneer SMC as PAP fields new candidate". CNA. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
Parliament of Singapore
New constituency Member of Parliament for
West Coast GRC (Pioneer)

2001 – 2011
Constituency redrawn
New constituency Member of Parliament
for Pioneer SMC

2011 – 2020
Succeeded by