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Heng Chee How

Heng Chee How
Senior Minister of State,
Ministry for Defence

1 May 2018
Serving with Zaqy Mohamad (since 2020)
Lee Hsien Loong
MinisterNg Eng Hen
ConstituencyJalan Besar GRC
Senior Minister of State,
Prime Minister's Office

21 May 2011 - 30 April 2018
Lee Hsien Loong
Deputy Secretary-General of the
National Trades Union Congress

1999
Secretary-GeneralLim Boon Heng (1993-2007)
Lim Swee Say (2007-2015)
Chan Chun Sing (2015-2018)
Ng Chee Meng (2018-present)
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for Jalan Besar GRC
(Whampoa)

11 September 2015
Himself
(2001-2011)
Majority30,370 (30.72%)

3 November 2001 - April 2011
Position established
Himself
(since 2015)
Minister of State,
Prime Minister's Office

1 April 2008 - 20 May 2011
Lee Hsien Loong
Minister of State,
Ministry for Health

30 May 2006 - 31 March 2008
Lee Hsien Loong
MinisterKhaw Boon Wan
Minister of State,
Ministry for National Development

1 May 2005 - 29 May 2006
Lee Hsien Loong
MinisterMah Bow Tan
Minister of State,
Ministry for Trade and Industry

12 August 2004 - 30 September 2005
Lee Hsien Loong
MinisterLim Hng Kiang
Mayor of the Central Singapore District

24 November 2001 - 29 May 2006
Goh Chok Tong
Lee Hsien Loong
Yaacob Ibrahim
Zainudin Nordin
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for Whampoa SMC

7 May 2011 - 18 April 2015
Augustine Tan Hui Heng
(1982-1988)
Position abolished
Personal details
Born (1961-07-14) 14 July 1961 (age 60)
Singapore
CitizenshipSingapore
NationalitySingaporean
Political partyPeople's Action Party (1997)
Spouse(s)Goh Soon Poh
Alma materFitzwilliam College, Cambridge
Harvard University
OccupationPolitician

Heng Chee How (Chinese: ; pinyin: Wáng Zhìháo; born 14 July 1961) is a Singaporean politician. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), he is a Member of Parliament (MP) of Jalan Besar GRC for Whampoa and previously served as Deputy Leader of the House from 31 May 2011 to 30 September 2015 and now was appointed as the Senior Minister of State in the Ministry for Defence by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Education

Born on 14 July 1961, Heng received his secondary and pre-university education at Raffles Institution. In 1980, he was awarded the Singapore Police Force Overseas Scholarship to read Economics at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University. He graduated with Second Class (Upper) Honours in 1983. He spent the next twelve years in the Singapore Police Force, where he held both Command and Staff appointments.

Career

In 1991, Heng was awarded the Singapore Police Force Postgraduate Overseas scholarship. He was an Edward S. Mason Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University, where he received his Masters in Public Administration in 1992.

Heng left the Singapore Police Force in 1995 to join the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). Within the Labour Movement, he held numerous appointments, including being the Chief Executive Officer of the NTUC Club, the Executive Secretary of the Singapore Industrial and Services Employees Union (SISEU), the Executive Secretary of the United Workers of Electronic and Electrical Industries (UWEEI) and the divisional director overseeing industrial relations, skills development, productivity improvement and employment assistance. Heng was also an elected member of the NTUC Central Committee since 1997, and was appointed Assistant Secretary-General in 1997 and Deputy Secretary-General since 1999.[]

Politics

Heng first entered the political world in 1997 contesting against incumbent Low Thia Khiang from the Workers' Party of Singapore (WP) in Hougang Single Member Constituency. He lost to Low, garnering 42% against Low who was then one of the two non-ruling party Members of Parliaments.[1] His vote then was 5% lower than previous PAP candidate Tang Guan Seng in the 1991 General Elections.

Heng contested in Jalan Besar GRC in 2001 as one of 5 team members of the PAP team led by Minister Lee Boon Yang against a Singapore Democratic Alliance team led by Sin Kek Tong. They won 74.49% of the votes.[2]

In that same year, he was appointed as the Mayor of Central Singapore District. The post of a Mayor is almost equivalent to a Minister of State but less prestigious. For a first-time Member of Parliament, the leap to the post of Mayor was quite a significant one. When he first entered the Central Singapore CDC, there was less 10 full-time staffs performing limited functions. Today, the Central Singapore CDC is a full-bodied statutory board serving 830,000 residents. He was credited to the development of the roles of the CDCs and the effective (but debatable) dispersion of funds to the needy.[]

In 2004, he was promoted to Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development while retaining his post as a Mayor. He relinquished his portfolio in Ministry of Trade and Industry to take up the portfolio as the Minister of State for National Development and followed by Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office in 2008.

In 2006, Heng represented PAP again as one of 5 team members of almost the same team led by Minister Lee Boon Yang and Minister Yaacob Ibrahim in Jalan Besar GRC against another SDA team composed of Teo Kway Huang Sebastian, Fong Chin Leong, Cheo Chai Chen, Yeo Boon Keng Vincent and Muhamad Ali bin Aman. His team won with 69.3% of the votes during this third campaign.[3]

In 2011, Heng contested in Whampoa SMC which was carved out of Jalan Besar GRC and contested against veteran Ken Sun from the National Solidarity Party. He won 66.11% of the votes and made it to parliament for his third term as MP.[4]

In 2011, he was appointed as the Deputy Leader of the House and promoted to Senior Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office.

In 2018, Heng was appointed as Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Defence.[5]

He is a Member of the Parliament representing Jalan Besar GRC for Whampoa and also an advisor of the Jalan Besar grassroots organisation and an elected member of Jalan Besar Town Council with Josephine Teo.

Personal

He is married to Ms Goh Soon Poh, the incumbent Auditor-General of Singapore.[6] She previously served as the Deputy Secretary (Corporate) in the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Prime Minister's Office.

Notable appointments

Awards and decorations

  • Singapore Police Force Undergraduate Scholarship (1980)
  • Singapore Police Force Postgraduate Scholarship (1990)
  • Edward S. Mason Fellowship (Kennedy School of Govt. Harvard University) (1990)
  • Lucius Littauer Fellowship Award (Kennedy School of Govt. Harvard University) (1992)
  • Eisenhower Fellowship, U.S.A (2001)

References

  1. ^ "ELD | 1997 Parliamentary General Election Results". www.eld.gov.sg. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "ELD | 2001 Parliamentary General Election Results". www.eld.gov.sg. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "ELD | 2006 Parliamentary General Election Results". www.eld.gov.sg. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ "ELD | 2011 Parliamentary General Election Results". www.eld.gov.sg. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "MP | Parliament Of Singapore". www.parliament.gov.sg. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ Lim, Janice (28 February 2019). "Auditor-general is wife of political office-holder, but there's no conflict of interest: Chan Chun Sing". TODAYonline. Retrieved 2020.

External links

Parliament of Singapore
Preceded by
Choo Wee Khiang
Member of Parliament for
Jalan Besar GRC (Whampoa)

2001 - 2011
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for
Whampoa SMC

2011 - 2015
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for
Jalan Besar GRC (Whampoa)

2015 - present
Incumbent
Government offices
Preceded by
Yaacob Ibrahim
Mayor of Central Singapore district
2001 - 2006
Succeeded by
Zainudin Nordin

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