Ng Eng Hen

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Dr.
Ng Eng Hen
Ng Eng Hen at the Pentagon - 20120404.jpg
Ng Eng Hen at The Pentagon, United States, on 4 April 2012
Leader of the House
Incumbent
Assumed office
31 May 2011
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Deputy Heng Chee How
Minister for Defence
Incumbent
Assumed office
21 May 2011
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by Teo Chee Hean
Minister for Education
In office
1 April 2008 – 21 May 2011
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Succeeded by Heng Swee Keat
Minister for Manpower
In office
12 August 2004 – April 2007
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by Lee Boon Yang
Succeeded by Gan Kim Yong
Second Minister for Defence
In office
July 2005 – 21 May 2011
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by Teo Chee Hean
Succeeded by None
Member of Parliament
for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC
Incumbent
Assumed office
25 October 2001
Preceded by Ibrahim Othman
Majority 15,180 (13.9%)
Personal details
Born (1958-12-10) December 10, 1958 (age 56)
Singapore
Political party People's Action Party
Spouse(s) Ivy Lim Swee Lian
Alma mater Anglo-Chinese School
National Junior College
National University of Singapore
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Ng.

Dr. Ng Eng Hen (simplified Chinese: 黄永宏; traditional Chinese: 黃永宏; pinyin: Huáng Yǒnghóng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: N̂g Éng-hông; born 10 December 1958) is a Singaporean politician. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), he has been Minister for Defence, as well as the Leader of the House in the Parliament of Singapore, since 2011.[1] He previously served as the Minister for Manpower from 2004 to 2008, and Minister for Education from 2008 to 2011. He has been a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Bishan-Toa Payoh Group Representation Constituency (GRC) since 2001.

Early Life[edit]

In his early years, Ng was one of six children living in a rental flat in Zion Road, Singapore. [2]

Career[edit]

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.[3]

Political career[edit]

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.[4]

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.

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.[5]

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.

Education[edit]

Ng in November 2005

Ng 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.

Private life[edit]

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

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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
2004 – 2008
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 - present
Incumbent
Parliament of Singapore
Preceded by
Ibrahim Othman
Member of Parliament for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC
2001 - present
Incumbent