Heng Swee Keat
|Heng Swee Keat|
|Heng Swee Kiat at Nan Hua High School in July 2012|
|Minister for Education|
21 May 2011
|Prime Minister||Lee Hsien Loong|
|Preceded by||Ng Eng Hen|
|Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore|
1 June 2005 – 2 April 2011
|Preceded by||Koh Yong Guan|
|Succeeded by||Ravi Menon|
|Member of Parliament
for Tampines GRC
9 May 2011
|Preceded by||Sin Boon Ann|
|Born||1961 (age 53–54)
|Political party||People's Action Party|
|Alma mater||Raffles Institution
University of Cambridge
Heng Swee Keat (Chinese: 王瑞杰; pinyin: Wáng Ruìjié; born 1961) is a Singaporean politician. A member of the country's governing People's Action Party (PAP), he has served in the Cabinet as the Minister for Education since May 2011. He has been a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Tampines Group Representation Constituency (Tampines GRC) since the 2011 general election.
Prior to his election to Parliament, Heng served as the Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) from 2005 to 2011.
Heng began his career in the Singapore Police Force in 1983 where he was awarded the SPF Overseas Scholarship. He then joined the Singapore Civil Service's Administrative Service in 1997. He served a period at the Ministry of Education, before being appointed the Principal Private Secretary to former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew (who was then Senior Minister) in 1997. In 2001, Heng became the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Trade and Industry. He then served as Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore from 2005 to 2011.
At the 2011 general election, Heng was a People's Action Party (PAP) candidate in the Tampines Group Representation Constituency (Tampines GRC). When he was introduced as a candidate, former Prime Minister (and Emeritus Senior Minister) Goh Chok Tong tipped Heng to be a potential minister and core member of Singapore's fourth generation leadership team. Heng was one of five PAP candidates in his constituency in a team led by Minister for National Development Mah Bow Tan, which also included Irene Ng, Zulkifli Masagos and Baey Yam Keng. They faced a team from the National Solidarity Party (NSP), led by the party's Secretary General Goh Meng Seng, along with Reno Fong, Syafarin Sarif, Raymond Lim and Gilbert Goh. On polling day, 7 May 2011, the PAP team won the contest with 57.22% of the votes. (This represented a drop of 11.29% from the PAP's percentage of the votes in the constituency at the 2006 general election.)
On 18 May 2011, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong appointed Heng to the Cabinet as the Minister for Education.
He completed his pre-university education at Raffles Institution.
- Minister for Education (2011–present)
- Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (2005–2011)
- Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Trade and Industry (2001–2005)
- Principal Private Secretary to Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew (1997–2000)
- Asia-Pacific Central Bank Governor of the Year award from the British banking magazine The Banker (2011)
- Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Meritorious Service Medal) in 2010
- Pingat Pentadbiran Awam (Emas) (Public Administration Medal (Gold)) in 2001
- Parliamentary Elections Act (Chapter 218) [candidates declared to have been elected Members of Parliament at the 2011 general election] (G.N. No. 1229/2011).
- Minister for Education Mr HENG Swee Keat, Cabinet of Singapore, 12 June 2012, archived from the original on 7 December 2013.
- "MAS chief Heng Swee Keat steps down", The Straits Times, 31 March 2011.
- "MAS chief named top central bank governor for Asia-Pacific", The Straits Times, 12 February 2011.
- "Heng Swee Keat has 'potential to be Minister'", The Straits Times, 2 Apr 2011.
- 2011 Parliamentary Election Results, Elections Department, 8 October 2013, archived from the original on 6 March 2014.
- 2006 Parliamentary Election Results, Elections Department, 8 October 2013.
- "National conversation on common future welcomed: Goh Chok Tong", The Straits Times, 12 August 2012.
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Koh Yong Guan
|Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore
2005 – 2011
Ng Eng Hen
|Minister for Education
|Parliament of Singapore|
Sin Boon Ann
|Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC