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Indranee Rajah

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Indranee Thurai Rajah (Tamil: இந்திராணி இராஜா; born 12 April 1963) SC, is a Singaporean politician and lawyer. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), she has been a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency since 2001.

Indranee Rajah
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Indranee speaking at SMU School of Law's Commencement in 2018
Minister in Prime Minister's Office
Assumed office
1 May 2018
Serving with Ng Chee Meng
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Preceded byChan Chun Sing
Josephine Teo
Second Minister for Education
Assumed office
1 May 2018
Preceded bynew appointment
Second Minister for Finance
Assumed office
1 May 2018
Senior Minister of State, Ministry for Finance (Singapore)
In office
1 October 2015 – 30 April 2018
Preceded byJosephine Teo
Senior Minister of State, Ministry for Law
In office
1 November 2012 – 30 June 2018
Preceded byHo Peng Kee
Succeeded byEdwin Tong
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Education
In office
1 November 2012 – 30 September 2015
Preceded bynew appointment
Succeeded byDr Janil Puthucheary
Member of Parliament
for Tanjong Pagar GRC (Tanjong pagar-Tiong Bahru)
Assumed office
23 March 2015
Preceded byLee Kuan Yew
Member of Parliament
for Tanjong Pagar GRC(Tanglin-Cairnhill)
In office
Personal details
Born (1963-04-12) 12 April 1963 (age 55)
Political partyPeople's Action Party (2001)


Legal practiceEdit

Indranee began her legal career in 1987 with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. She joined Drew & Napier in 1988 and became a director of the firm in 1991. She was a litigator and had an active court practice as an advocate and solicitor, specialising in cross-border dispute resolution. She was appointed Senior Counsel by the Chief Justice of Singapore in January 2003.


Indranee was recognised by Asia Pacific Legal 500 for her dispute resolution and international arbitration practice. She was named as a "Leading Individual in the field of Dispute Resolution" in the 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10 and 2010–11 editions.

Indranee was also named as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers International: Singapore and the 2009 Best Lawyers Annual Guide to Litigation & ADR. In Best Lawyers International: Singapore, Indranee was also named as a leading lawyer for both the Litigation and Arbitration & Mediation categories in 2008 and 2009.

Political careerEdit

Indranee served as a Deputy Speaker of Parliament from 2006 to 2011.

On 31 July 2012, Indranee was promoted to Senior Minister of State for Law and Education. She assumed these positions on 1 November 1, 2012.[2]

On 28 November 2013, it was announced that Indranee was heading a 12-member steering committee to provide strategic direction for the planned third law school in Singapore, including its admissions criteria, curriculum development and educational philosophy. Other notable members of this committee include Attorney-General's Chambers chief prosecutor Tai Wei Shyong and Chief District Judge See Kee Oon. Also on the list are senior counsels Amarjeet Singh and N. Sreenivasan, renowned criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan and leading family lawyer Foo Siew Fong. [3]

On 16 February 2016, Ms Indranee Rajah, the Law Ministry and the Singapore University of Social Sciences jointly held a press conference to announce the third Law School. It is expected to fill the shortfall in law practitioners in the areas of family and criminal law.[4]

On 28 September 2015, it was announced that Indranee will be the Senior Minister of State for Finance and Law from 1 October 2015.[5]

On 9 March 2018, Indranee made a renewed attack on Facebook against Workers' Party Sylvia Lim who voiced her suspicion on the PAP's government intention to raise GST in order to extract an apology. The public criticised Indranee and her fellow Ministers and MPs for hounding Lim and being narrow-minded, and supported Lim for asking a legitimate question on behalf of her constituency.[6]

On 1 May 2018, Indranee was promoted to full Minister. She was appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for Education. As a transition arrangement, she was also appointed Second Minister for Law until 30 June 2018 (when Edwin Tong became Senior Minister of State in the Ministry).[7]


Indranee was educated at Marymount Convent Primary School, Marymount Convent Secondary School[1] and Raffles Institution, before going on to the National University of Singapore, where she completed a Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree in 1986.

Personal lifeEdit

Indranee is the daughter of the late A.T. Rajah, retired Deputy Commissioner of Police and former President of the Singapore National Olympic Council.[8] Her father was Hindu and her mother, an ethnic Chinese, was Anglican and she was raised in her mother's faith.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Long, Susan (28 March 2014). "Life lessons from my mother". Council for Third Age (C3A).
  2. ^ "Singapore reshuffles Cabinet". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  3. ^ Sandra Davie (28 November 2013). "Top legal minds to help shape 3rd law school". The Straits Times (reproduced on Singapore Law Watch). Archived from the original on 3 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Singapore's 3rd law school to focus on mid-career professionals". SUSS. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announces Singapore's new Cabinet". Channel NewsAsia. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
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  7. ^ "Changes to Cabinet and Other Appointments (Apr 2018)". Prime Minister's Office. 24 April 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  8. ^ "A.T. RAJAH (A NAME IN POLICE AND ATHLETICS) DIES IN HOSPITAL". The Straits Times. Courtesy of NewspaperSG. 16 September 1968. p. 9.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Chan Chun Sing
Josephine Teo
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office
2018 – present
Served alongside: Ng Chee Meng
Parliament of Singapore
New constituency Member of Parliament for
Tanjong Pagar GRC (Tanglin-Cairnhill)

2001 – 2015
Constituency redrawn
Preceded by
Lee Kuan Yew
Member of Parliament for
Tanjong Pagar GRC (Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru)

2015 – present