Yeo Cheow Tong

Yeo Cheow Tong (Chinese: 姚照东; pinyin: Yáo Zhàodōng; born 22 June 1947) is a former Singaporean politician. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), he served in the Cabinet from 1990 to 2006, and was a Member of Parliament (MP) of Hong Kah SMC from 12 December 1984 to 17 August 1988 and MP of Hong Kah GRC from 24 August 1988 to 19 April 2011 for almost 27 years.

Yeo Cheow Tong
姚照东
Minister for Transport[1]
In office
23 November 2001 – 29 May 2006
Prime MinisterGoh Chok Tong
(1990-2004)
Lee Hsien Loong
(2004-present)
Preceded byhimself (post renamed from Minister for Communications and Information Technology)
Succeeded byRaymond Lim
Minister for Communications and Information Technology
In office
3 June 1999 – 22 November 2001
Prime MinisterGoh Chok Tong
Preceded byMah Bow Tan
Succeeded byhimself (as Minister for Transport)
Minister for the Environment
In office
25 January 1997 – 2 June 1999
Prime MinisterGoh Chok Tong
Preceded byTeo Chee Hean
Succeeded byLee Yock Suan
Minister for Health
In office
28 November 1990 – 1 January 1994
Acting: 1 January 1987-27 November 1990
Prime MinisterGoh Chok Tong
Preceded byGeorge Yeo
Succeeded byLim Hng Kiang
Minister for Trade and Industry
In office
2 January 1993 – 24 January 1997
Prime MinisterGoh Chok Tong
Minister for Community Development
In office
7 September 1991 – 1 January 1994
Prime MinisterGoh Chok Tong
Preceded bySeet Ai Mee
Succeeded byAbdullah Tarmugi
Minister for Health
In office
28 November 1990 – 1 January 1994
Prime MinisterGoh Chok Tong
Preceded byRichard Hu Tsu Tau
Succeeded byGeorge Yeo
Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
In office
13 September 1988 – 27 November 1990
Prime MinisterLee Kuan Yew
Member of Parliament for Hong Kah SMC
In office
12 December 1984 – 17 August 1988
Preceded bySeat Created
Succeeded bySeat Abolished
Member of Parliament for Hong Kah GRC (Yew Tee)
In office
24 August 1988 – 19 April 2011
Preceded bySeat Created
Succeeded bySeat Abolished
Personal details
Born (1947-06-22) 22 June 1947 (age 74)
NationalitySingaporean
Spouse(s)Helen Yeo-Tan Cheng Hoong
Relations3 grandchildren
Children3
Alma materUniversity of Western Australia[1]
OccupationPolitician

Early lifeEdit

Yeo was educated at Anglo-Chinese School, before receiving a Colombo Plan Scholarship[2] in 1967 to study at the University of Western Australia, where he received a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree.

CareerEdit

He worked for Singapore's Economic Development Board (EDB) from 1972–75, before entering the private sector. He entered politics in 1984. At the 1984 general election, Yeo was elected a Member of Parliament for Hong Kah constituency. In 1985, he was appointed a Minister of State at the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In 1988, Yeo became the Acting Minister for Health, before becoming a full member of the Cabinet in 1990. He went on to hold a number of different Cabinet positions including Minister of Health (1990–94, 1997–99), Minister for Community Development (1991–94), Minister for Trade and Industry (1994–97), Minister for the Environment (1997–99), Minister for Communications and Information Technology (1999–2001), and Minister for Transport (2001–06).

In June 2006, Yeo resigned from the Cabinet to return to the private sector. He continued to serve as a Member of Parliament for the Hong Kah Group Representation Constituency until 2011, when he retired from politics. He was succeeded by Alex Yam in the 2011 Singaporean general election.

Personal lifeEdit

Yeo is married to lawyer Helen Yeo-Tan Cheng Hoong. The couple have three children and 6 grandchildren.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=29616579&privcapId=71545570
  2. ^ "Australia launches 'reverse' Colombo Plan". Asiaone. Retrieved 18 September 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by Minister for Health
1988-1990 (Acting)
1990-1994
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister for Community Development
1991–1994
Succeeded by
Preceded by
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Minister for Trade and Industry
1994-1997
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister for Health
1997-1999
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister for the Environment
1997-1999
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister for Communications and Information Technology
1999-2001
Succeeded by
Post renamed to Minister for Transport
Preceded by
Post renamed from
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
Minister for Transport
2001-2006
Succeeded by