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Lee Bee Wah (Chinese: 李美花; pinyin: Lǐ Měi Huā; born 6 October 1960) is a Malaysian-born Singaporean engineer and politician. A member of the country's governing People's Action Party (PAP), she currently serves as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Nee Soon Group Representation Constituency (GRC) for the ward of Nee Soon South since 2011.[1] She previously served as MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC (Nee Soon South) from 2006 until her ward was carved out from the GRC for the formation of Nee Soon GRC in 2011.[2]

Lee Bee Wah
李美花
Lee Bee Wah Nomination Day GE 2011.jpg
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for Nee Soon GRC
(Nee Soon South)
Assumed office
7 May 2011
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for Ang Mo Kio GRC
(Nee Soon South)
In office
6 May 2006 – 18 April 2011
Personal details
Born (1960-10-06) 6 October 1960 (age 58)
Johore, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
NationalitySingaporean (formerly Malaysian)
Political partyPeople's Action Party
Alma materNanyang Technological University
University of Liverpool
ProfessionEngineer, Politician

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Early lifeEdit

Lee was born 6 October 1960, in Johor, Malaysia.[3] Her family was of "humble background", and both her parents were rubber tappers.[4]

EducationEdit

Lee received her primary education at Kiow Min Chinese Primary School and subsequently studied at Sekolah Dato' Dol Said, Notre Dame Convent, and Gajah Berang. Lee attended the National University of Singapore in 1981-1982 before attending the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) where she completed a B.Eng. degree in Civil Engineering in 1985.[3][5] She then attended the University of Liverpool in 1989–1990 where she attained a M.Sc. degree in Engineering.

Described by her university as a "passionate" alumna, Lee started the Class of 1985 Pioneer Fund, a fundraising scheme which generated a few million dollars for academic incentives. In 1997, she became the NTU School of Civil & Environmental Engineering Alumni Association (NTU CEEAA)'s President, until 2008. She was the recipient of the 2000 Nanyang Technological University Alumni Service Award by NTU. In 2006, Lee received the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award from NTU. The same year, the Cambodian Government presented to her the Royal Government Gold Medal.

In 2011, the University of Liverpool presented to her an Honorary Doctorate. She was awarded the Nanyang Distinguished Alumni Award from NTU in 2012.[6]

Professional careerEdit

An engineer by training, in 1996, Lee established LBW Consultants LLP.[7] Her firm was acquired by global engineering consultancy Meinhardt Group in 2014 where she is currently Group Director.[8] Prior to joining politics, Lee was also a senior engineer at ST Construction and an assistant project manager at Wing Tai.[3] She served as president of the Institution of Engineers Singapore from 2008-2010.[9] She serves as Non Executive Chairman of listed company TEE Land Pte Ltd and Independent Director of Koh Brothers Group.[10]

PoliticsEdit

A current member of parliament (MP) in Singapore and the People's Action Party,[3] Lee served as MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC from 2006 till 2011, and has been serving as MP for Nee Soon GRC since 2011.[3] She is currently the Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for National Development as well as for the Environment and Water Resources.[2] Lee was the president of the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA)[6] from 2008 till 2014.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Lee is married with two children. She is a Buddhist.[3]

ControversyEdit

Lee was criticized online[12] for telling a story in Chinese[13] about an "Ah Gong" during a budget debate in Parliament on 27 February 2019. In her story, she referred to Singaporeans as "Si Gui Kia", which is translated as ungrateful brats, for not being appreciative of what Ah Gong, i.e. the Singaporean government, has done for them. The video of her parliamentary speech quickly became viral[13].

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Member's Profile - Lee Bee Wah". Archived from the original on 26 October 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Profile for Er Dr Lee Bee Wah" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 November 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Er Dr Lee Bee Wah . 李美花 . லீ பீ வா". Parliament of Singapore. Archived from the original on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  4. ^ Low, Aaron. "Daughter of rubber tapper refuses to quit". Asiaone. Singapore Press Holdings. Archived from the original on 23 March 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  5. ^ Ming John, Tie Hock (14 March 2013). "Nanyang Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient (2012)". Nanyang Technological University. Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Nanyang Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient". Nanyang Technological University. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  7. ^ "LBW Consultants LLP". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Profile for Er Dr Lee Bee Wah" (PDF). Parliament of Singapore. Parliament of Singapore. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 November 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  9. ^ Chang, Rachel (6 February 2010). "Lee Bee Wah to step down as engineers' institute head". The Straits Times. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Profile for Er Dr Lee Bee Wah" (PDF). Parliament of Singapore. Parliament of Singapore. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 November 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  11. ^ Chua, Siang Yee (15 August 2014). "Table tennis: Lee Bee Wah to end six-year tenure as STTA president". The Straits Times. Singapore Press Holdings. Archived from the original on 24 October 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  12. ^ Guan Zhen Tan (7 March 2019). "MP Lee Bee Wah uses Hokkien phrase 'Si Gui Kia' to label 'ungrateful' S'poreans, raises eyebrows". Mothership.
  13. ^ a b Stolarchuk, Jewel (9 March 2019). "Lee Bee Wah slammed for portraying the Govt as one that "scrimps on itself" to provide for "stupid wastrels"". The Independent.

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Parliament of Singapore
Preceded by
Tan Boon Wan
Member of Parliament for
Ang Mo Kio GRC (Nee Soon South)

2006 – 2011
Constituency redrawn
New constituency Member of Parliament for
Nee Soon GRC (Nee Soon South)

2011 – present
Incumbent