Yeo Cheow Tong

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yeo.

Yeo Cheow Tong (Chinese: 姚照东; pinyin: Yáo Zhàodōng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Iâu Chiàu-tong; born 22 June 1947) is a former politician from Singapore. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), he served in the Cabinet from 1990 to 2006, and was a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1984 to 2011.

Career[edit]

He worked for Singapore's Economic Development Board (EDB) from 1972–75, before entering the private sector. He entered politics in 1984.

Political career[edit]

At the 1984 general election, Yeo was elected a Member of Parliament for Hong Kah constituency. In 1985, he was appointed a Minister of State at the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In 1988, Yeo became the Acting Minister for Health, before becoming a full member of the Cabinet in 1990. He went on to hold a number of different Cabinet positions including Minister for Community Development (1991–94), Minister for Trade and Industry (1994–97), Minister for the Environment (1997–99), Minister for Communications and Information Technology (1999–2001), and Minister for Transport (2001–06).

In June 2006, Yeo resigned from the Cabinet to return to the private sector. He continued to serve as a Member of Parliament for the Hong Kah Group Representation Constituency until 2011, when he retired from politics.

Education[edit]

Yeo was educated at Anglo-Chinese School, before receiving a Colombo Plan Scholarship in 1967 to study at the University of Western Australia, where he received a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree.

Personal life[edit]

Yeo is married to lawyer Helen Yeo-Tan Cheng Hoong. The couple have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Hu Tsu Tau
Minister for Health
1988-1990 (Acting)
1990-1994
Succeeded by
George Yeo
Preceded by
Wong Kan Seng
Minister for Community Development
1991–1994
Succeeded by
Abdullah Tarmugi
Preceded by
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Minister for Trade and Industry
1994-1997
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
George Yeo
Minister for Health
1997-1999
Succeeded by
Lim Hng Kiang
Preceded by
George Yeo
Minister for Trade and Industry
1997-1999
Succeeded by
Lim Hng Kiang
Preceded by
Teo Chee Hean
Minister for the Environment
1997-1999
Succeeded by
Lim Swee Say
Preceded by
Mah Bow Tan
Minister for Communications and Information Technology
1999-2001
Succeeded by
Post renamed to Minister for Transport
Preceded by
Post renamed from
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
Minister for Transport
2001-2006
Succeeded by
Raymond Lim