Teo Chee Hean

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The Honourable
Teo Chee Hean
MP
张志贤
Teo Chee Hean.jpg
Teo Chee Hean at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore on 3 June 2006
Constituency Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC
Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 April 2009
Serving with Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by S. Jayakumar
Minister for Home Affairs
Incumbent
Assumed office
21 May 2011
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by K. Shanmugam
Minister for Defence
In office
1 August 2003 – 20 May 2011
Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong
Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by Tony Tan Keng Yam
Succeeded by Ng Eng Hen
Minister for Education
In office
1997 – 1 August 2003
Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong
Preceded by Lee Yock Suan
Succeeded by Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Member of Parliament, Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC (Pasir Ris West)
Incumbent
Assumed office
25 March 2002
Preceded by himself (Pasir Ris GRC:Pasir Ris West ward)
Member of Parliament, Pasir Ris GRC (Pasir Ris West)
In office
26 June 1997 – 17 October 2001
Preceded by GRC created out of Tampines North of Eunos GRC & part of Changi SMC
Succeeded by himself (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC:Pasir Ris West ward)
Member of Parliament, Marine Parade GRC (Joo Chiat)
In office
20 December 1992 – 15 December 1995
Preceded by Lim Chee Onn
Succeeded by Chan Soo Sen (East Coast GRC:Joo Chiat ward)
Personal details
Born (1954-12-27) 27 December 1954 (age 59)
Singapore
Political party People's Action Party
Spouse(s) Chew Poh Yim
Children 2
Alma mater UMIST
Imperial College London
Harvard University
Military service
Service/branch  Republic of Singapore Navy
Years of service 1972–1992
Rank Rear-Admiral
Commands Chief of Navy (1991-92)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Teo.

Teo Chee Hean (simplified Chinese: 张志贤; traditional Chinese: 張志賢; pinyin: Zhāng Zhìxián; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tiuⁿ Chì-hiân; born 27 December 1954) is a Singaporean politician. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), he is currently one of the country's Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Home Affairs, Co-ordinating Minister for National Security and Minister-in-charge of the Civil Service. He has previously served as the Minister for Defence (2003–11), Minister for Education (1997–2003) and Minister for the Environment (1996–97). He has been a Member of Parliament (MP) since 1992.

Prior to entering politics, Teo was a Rear-Admiral (RADM) in the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), and served as Singapore's Chief of Navy from 1991-92.

Career[edit]

Naval career[edit]

Teo enlisted in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in 1972 and received his commission as a naval officer at the Singapore Armed Forces Training Institute (SAFTI) in 1973. He went on to hold various command and staff appointments in the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the Joint Staff.

Teo assumed command of the RSN as Chief of Navy in 1991 and was promoted to the rank of Commodore (later re-designated as Rear-Admiral) in July 1991.

On 7 December 1992, Teo left the RSN to seek election into Parliament.

Political career[edit]

Teo was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency (Marine Parade GRC) in the Marine Parade by-election on 19 December 1992.

Following his election, Teo served as a Minister of State in the Ministries of Finance, Communications and Defence.

In April 1995, Teo was appointed the Acting Minister for the Environment and Senior Minister of State for Defence. In January 1996, he was appointed Minister for the Environment and Second Minister for Defence.

At the 1997 general election, Teo was elected as an MP for Pasir Ris GRC. In the subsequent Cabinet reshuffle, he was appointed the Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence.

At the 2001 general election, Teo was elected as an MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC and re-appointed as Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence. On 1 August 2003, he was appointed the Minister for Defence and Minister-in-charge of the Civil Service.

At the 2006 general election, Teo was re-elected as an MP for Pasir-Ris Punggol GRC. He led the team six-member PAP team to victory in the constituency with 68.7% of the votes.

On 26 March 2009, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong appointed Teo as one of two Deputy Prime Ministers with effect from 1 April 2009. He held this appointment alongside his roles of Minister for Defence and Minister-in-charge of the Civil Service.

At the 2011 general election, Teo led the PAP team in Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC to victory with 64.79% of the votes.

On 18 May 2011, Teo was appointed the Minister for Home Affairs and Co-ordinating Minister for National Security. He remains as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister-in-charge of the Civil Service.

Currently, when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is away from Singapore, Teo serves as Singapore's Acting Prime Minister.[citation needed]

Within the PAP, Teo is the First Assistant Secretary General on the party's Central Executive Committee.[1]

Involvement in the Singapore sports scene[edit]

Teo serves in leadership and advisory roles in several sports organisations in Singapore. He is the President of the Singapore National Olympic Council. He is also the advisor to the Singapore Dragon Boat Association.

Education[edit]

Teo was educated at Saint Michael's School and Saint Joseph's Institution, before being awarded a President's Scholarship and Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Scholarship in 1973 to study in the United Kingdom at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) degree in electrical engineering and management science in 1976. He then continued his studies at Imperial College London, obtaining a Master of Science degree (with distinction) in computing science in 1977. In 1986, Teo completed a Master of Public Administration degree at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and was named a Littauer Fellow.

Family[edit]

Teo is married to Chew Poh Yim. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in biochemistry from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 1977. She is a director of a business consultancy and teaches marketing management in the School of Business Management at Nanyang Polytechnic on a part-time basis. The couple has one son and one daughter.

Teo's father Teo Cheng Guan was the Chairman of Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) from 1989 to 1991.[2] His great-granduncle Teo Eng Hock was a rubber magnate who lent Sun Yat-sen the use of his villa (now known as Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall) as the Singapore branch of the Tongmenghui (Chinese Revolutionary Alliance).[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ahmad Mattar
Minister for the Environment
1996 - 1997
Succeeded by
Lim Swee Say
Preceded by
None
Second Minister for Defence
1996 - 2003
Succeeded by
Ng Eng Hen
Preceded by
Lee Yock Suan
Minister for Education
1997–2003
Succeeded by
Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Preceded by
Tony Tan
Minister for Defence
2003–2011
Succeeded by
Ng Eng Hen
Preceded by
S. Jayakumar
Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore
2009 - present
Incumbent
Preceded by
K. Shanmugam
Minister for Home Affairs
2011 - present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Wong Kan Seng
Co-ordinating Minister for National Security
2011 - present
Incumbent
Military offices
Preceded by
Rear-Admiral James Leo
Chief of the Republic of Singapore Navy
1991 - 1992
Succeeded by
Rear-Admiral Kwek Siew Jin