Ministry of Home Affairs (Singapore)

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA; Chinese: 内政部; Malay: Kementerian Ehwal Dalam Negeri; Tamil: உள்துறை அமைச்சு), sometimes referred to as the Home Team, is a ministry of the Government of Singapore responsible for national security, public safety, civil defence, border control and immigration.

Ministry of Home Affairs
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Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of Singapore
HeadquartersNew Phoenix Park, 28 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329560
1°19′25.91″N 103°50′41.64″E / 1.3238639°N 103.8449000°E / 1.3238639; 103.8449000
MottoGuardians of Singapore
Employees28,144 (2018)[1]
Annual budgetIncrease S$6.74 billion (2019)[1]
Ministers responsible
Agency executives
  • Pang Kin Keong[2], Permanent Secretary
  • Chew Hock Yong[3], Permanent Secretary (Home Affairs Development)
  • Raja Kumar s/o Thamby Rajah, Deputy Secretary (International and Training)
  • Puah Kok Keong, Deputy Secretary (Policy)
  • Chan Tsan, Deputy Secretary (Development)
Child agencies


The Ministry of Home Affairs was set up in 1959 when Singapore attained self-governance. Housed at the Empress Place Building, it remained there until 16 September 1963 when Singapore joined Malaysia and internal affairs became a federal responsibility.

After gaining independence on 9 August 1965, Home Affairs returned to Empress Place under the purview of the Ministry of Interior and Defence (MID). MID stayed there for several months before it was re-located to Pearl's Hill (former Lower Barracks of Police).

On 11 August 1970, the Ministry of Interior and Defence was separated into two ministries, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Defence. MHA remained at Pearl's Hill until August 1977 when it moved to Phoenix Park at Tanglin Road.

MHA, together with Police Headquarters, moved to its new premises at New Phoenix Park on 18 August 2001.

Organisational structureEdit

Home Team DepartmentsEdit

The Ministry of Home Affairs consists of the following seven departments:

Statutory BoardsEdit


  • Presidential Council for Religious Harmony
  • National Crime Prevention Council
  • National Council Against Drug Abuse
  • National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council


The Ministry is headed by the Minister for Home Affairs, who is appointed as part of the Cabinet of Singapore. The incumbent minister is K. Shanmugam.[4][5]

Portrait Minister Start of Term End of Term Political Party
Minister for Home Affairs
Ong Pang Boon 3 June 1959 15 September 1963   People's Action Party
Under the responsibility of the Federation of Malaysia (16 September 1963 – 8 August 1965)
Minister for the Interior and Defence
Goh Keng Swee 9 August 1965 16 August 1967   People's Action Party
Lim Kim San 17 August 1967 10 August 1970
Minister for Home Affairs
Ong Pang Boon 11 August 1970 5 September 1970   People's Action Party
Wong Lin Ken 6 September 1970 15 September 1972
Edmund William Barker 16 September 1972 30 October 1972
Chua Sian Chin 1 November 1972 1 January 1985
  S Jayakumar 2 January 1985 1 January 1994
  Wong Kan Seng 2 January 1994 31 October 2010
  K Shanmugam 1 November 2010 20 May 2011
  Teo Chee Hean 21 May 2011 30 September 2015
  K Shanmugam 1 October 2015 Incumbent


  1. ^ a b "Singapore Budget" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Head of Civil Service and Permanent Secretary Appointments". Public Service Division. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  3. ^ Au-Yong, Rachel (5 March 2019). "Several ministries to get new permanent secretaries from April 1". The Straits Times. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  4. ^ Ong, Justin (28 September 2015). "Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announces Singapore's new Cabinet". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  5. ^ Mahmud, Aqil Haziq (25 July 2020). "PM Lee announces new Cabinet; 6 office holders promoted, 3 retirements". CNA. Archived from the original on 25 July 2020. Retrieved 25 July 2020.

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