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Yong Nyuk Lin (simplified Chinese: 杨玉麟; traditional Chinese: 楊玉麟; pinyin: Yáng Yùlín; 24 June 1918 – 29 June 2012) was a Singaporean politician.[1] He was born in Seremban, Negri Sembilan, Malaysia and studied in Singapore.[2] He was the general manager of Overseas Assurance Company for 18 years before he resigned to stand for the Singapore general elections in 1959.[3] He became the Member of Parliament for Geylang West. He was in Singapore's first cabinet and served as a minister from 1959 to 1976. His portfolios included Education, Health and Communications.[4] From 1975 to 1977, Mr. Yong was appointed Singapore's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.[5]

Yong Nyuk Lin
杨玉麟
Yong Nyuk Lin (1965).jpg
Yong Nyuk Lin as minister of Health in 1965.
Minister for Communications
In office
1968–1975
Prime MinisterLee Kuan Yew
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded byLim Kim San
Minister for Health
In office
18 October 1963 – 1968
Prime MinisterLee Kuan Yew
Preceded byKenneth Michael Byrne
Succeeded byChua Sian Chin
Minister for Education
In office
5 June 1959 – 18 October 1963
Prime MinisterLee Kuan Yew
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded byOng Pang Boon
Personal details
Born(1918-06-24)24 June 1918
Seremban, British Malaya
Died29 June 2012(2012-06-29) (aged 94)
Singapore
Political partyPeople's Action Party (1959-1980)
Spouse(s)
Kwa Geok Lan (柯玉兰)
(m. 1939; his death 2012)
ChildrenSiu Len and Siu Li (daughters)
RelativesKwa Geok Choo (sister-in-law)
Lee Kuan Yew (brother-in-law)
Alma materRaffles College
OccupationPolitician
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for Geylang West SMC
In office
1959–1980
Preceded byNew constituency
Succeeded byTeh Cheang Wan

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Yong Nyuk Lin, member of Singapore's first Cabinet, dies". Channel NewsAsia. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Two newcomers in straight fight in Geylang West". The Straits Times. 19 May 1959. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Insurance firm manager quits to work for PAP". The Straits Times. 1 March 1959. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  4. ^ Duncan Sutherland (2017). "Yong Nyuk Lin". nlb.gov.sg. Archived from the original on 4 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Cabinet Changes Over The Decade" (PDF). National Archives of Singapore. Retrieved 9 July 2015.

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Political offices
Preceded by
new post
Minister for Education
1959-1963
Succeeded by
Ong Pang Boon
Preceded by
Kenneth Michael Byrne
Minister for Health
1963-1968
Succeeded by
Chua Sian Chin
Preceded by
new post
Minister for Communications
1968-1975
Succeeded by
Lim Kim San
Preceded by
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High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
1975-1977
Succeeded by
Jek Yeun Thong
Parliament of Singapore
New constituency Member of Parliament for Geylang West SMC
1959-1980
Succeeded by
Teh Cheang Wan