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Koo Tsai Kee (simplified Chinese: 顾蔡矶; traditional Chinese: 顧蔡磯; pinyin: Gù Càijī) is a Singaporean associate professor and former politician. He was a Member of Parliament from 1991 to 2011, representing the Tiong Bahru division under the Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency (Tanjong Pagar GRC). While he retired, his constituency was merged into Tanjong Pagar and renamed to Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru.

Koo Tsai Kee
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for Tanjong Pagar GRC, (Tiong Bahru)
In office
1991 - 2011
Preceded byCh'ng Jit Koon (Tiong Bahru GRC)
Succeeded byLee Kuan Yew (Tanjong pagar-Tiong Bahru)
Personal details
Born (1954-11-29) 29 November 1954 (age 64)
Alma materRaffles Junior College
University of Newcastle
University of New South Wales
University College London
OccupationAssociate Professor


Koo was educated in Raffles Institution. He holds a Bachelor of Surveying with first class honours from the universities of Newcastle and New South Wales. He also attended University College London and has a Graduate Diploma in photogrammetry, Master of Science and Master of Philosophy.[1]

Political careerEdit

Koo entered politics in 1991, when he was elected via walkover as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency (Tanjong Pagar GRC).

Koo has held the position of Parliamentary Secretary in various ministries, including Finance, National Development, Defence, and Environment and Water Resources. Koo was promoted to Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence in May 2006.[1]

Koo is an associate professor at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and has been on no-pay leave since 1999.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c "Koo Tsai Kee". Parliament of Singapore. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
  2. ^ "DPM Teo pays tribute to Koo Tsai Kee". The Straits Times. Retrieved December 21, 2011.