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Ng Eng Hen (Chinese: 黄永宏; pinyin: Huáng Yǒng Hóng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: N̂g Éng-hông; born 10 December 1958) is a Singaporean politician and former surgical oncologist. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), he has been the Minister for Defence since 2011[1] and continued in this role after the October 2015 elections.[2] He has been a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Bishan-Toa Payoh Group Representation Constituency (GRC) since 2001.

Ng Eng Hen
黄永宏
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Ng at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 3, 2017
Minister for Defence
Assumed office
21 May 2011
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Preceded byTeo Chee Hean
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC
(Toa Payoh Central)
Assumed office
25 October 2001
Preceded byIbrahim Othman
Leader of the House
In office
31 May 2011 – 30 September 2015
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
DeputyHeng Chee How
Preceded byMah Bow Tan
Succeeded byGrace Fu
Minister for Education
In office
1 April 2008 – 21 May 2011
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Preceded byTharman Shanmugaratnam
Succeeded byHeng Swee Keat
Minister for Manpower
In office
12 August 2004 – April 2007
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Preceded byLee Boon Yang
Succeeded byGan Kim Yong
Second Minister for Defence
In office
July 2005 – 21 May 2011
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Preceded byTeo Chee Hean
Succeeded byNone
Personal details
Born (1958-12-10) December 10, 1958 (age 60)
Singapore
Political partyPeople's Action Party
Spouse(s)Ivy Lim Swee Lian
Children4
Alma materNational University of Singapore

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Early life and educationEdit

Ng is one of six children and lived in a rental flat in Zion Road during his childhood. He attended Anglo-Chinese School and National Junior College, before going on to medical school at the National University of Singapore and fellowship training in surgical oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.[3]

CareerEdit

Ng was a consultant surgeon at the Singapore General Hospital from 1992 to 1997, and maintained a private practice in Mount Elizabeth Hospital as a surgical oncologist from 1997 to 2001.[4]

Political careerEdit

In 2001, Ng was elected a Member of Parliament for Bishan-Toa Payoh Group GRC. In 2002, he was made a Minister of State at the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Manpower.[5]

In August 2004, Ng became the Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Education. In 2005, his Second Minister's portfolio was switched from Education to Defence.[2]

In April 2008, Ng was made the Minister for Education and relinquished the post of Minister for Manpower.

Ng has also served as Chairman of the Jobs Task Force at the Ministry of Manpower, and Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Low Wage Workers.

In June 2007, Ng travelled to France at the invitation of the French Ministry of Defence to visit the Paris Air Show and also to visit a permanent Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) detachment stationed at Cazaux Air Base in France.[6][7]

In March 2010, Ng mentioned that the weight of mother-tongue language examinations in the Singapore Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) might be reduced in order to benefit some students who are weak in their mother-tongue due to the emphasis on the English language in the Singapore education system. This sparked a debate among Singaporeans who support emphasis on mother-tongue languages in education. Ng subsequently assured Singaporeans that the weight of mother-tongue language in the PSLE would not be reduced.

In 2011, Ng was appointed as Minister for Defence. He was also appointed as Leader of the House in Parliament.

 
Ng in November 2005

AwardsEdit

In 2018, Ng was awarded the French Legion of Honour.[8][9]

Private lifeEdit

Ng is married to Ivy Lim Swee Lian, a paediatrician and geneticist who is the CEO of SingHealth.[10] They have four children, born between 1984 and 1994.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "PM Lee announces sweeping changes to Cabinet". Singapore: Channel News Asia. 18 May 2011. Archived from the original on 19 May 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Biography: Dr Ng Eng Hen". Ministry of Defence, Singapore. Archived from the original on 4 June 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ Ng Eng Hen (7 March 2011). "Social Mobility — The Singapore Story: Past, Present and Future". Ministry of Education, Singapore. Archived from the original on 19 October 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Introducing New Ministers: Ng Eng Hen" (PDF). Singapore. Singapore Embassy, Washington, D.C. January 2003. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 October 2007. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  5. ^ "Dr. Ng Eng Hen". Prime Minister's Office, Singapore. 20 November 2018. Archived from the original on 23 November 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  6. ^ "Second Minister for Defence Visits France". Ministry of Defence, Singapore. 15 June 2007. Archived from the original on 4 June 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  7. ^ "Bilateral visits since 1977". Embassy of France in Singapore. Archived from the original on 4 June 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. ^ Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur "Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen conferred French Legion of Honour award". Singapore: Channel News Asia. 20 February 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  9. ^ "Le ministre singapourien de la Défense décoré de la Légion d'Honneur". Le Petit Journal Singapour (in French). Singapore. 20 February 2018. Archived from the original on 4 June 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  10. ^ Prof Ivy Ng "Senior Management". SingHealth.

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Political offices
Preceded by
None
Second Minister for Education
2002 - 2003
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Teo Chee Hean
Second Minister for Defence
2003 – 2011
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Lee Boon Yang
Minister for Manpower
2003 – 2008
(Acting: 2003–2004)
Succeeded by
Gan Kim Yong
Preceded by
Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Minister for Education
2008 – 2011
Succeeded by
Heng Swee Keat
Preceded by
Teo Chee Hean
Minister for Defence
2011 – 2019
Incumbent
Parliament of Singapore
Preceded by
Ibrahim Othman
Member of Parliament for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC
(Toa Payoh Central)

2001 – present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Mah Bow Tan
Leader of the House
2011 – 2015
Succeeded by
Grace Fu