Coordinating Minister for National Security (Singapore)

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Co-ordinating Minister for National Security
Teo Chee Hean, MP

since 21 May 2011 (2011-05-21)
Member ofCabinet of Singapore
Parliament of Singapore
Reports toThe Prime Minister
AppointerThe Prime Minister
Term lengthNo fixed term
Formation1 August 2003
First holderTony Tan (as Co-ordinating Minister for Security and Defence)

Co-ordinating Minister for National Security (Abbreviation: CMNS; Malay: Menteri Penyelaras bagi Keselamatan Negara; Chinese: 国家安全统筹部长; Tamil: தேசியப் பாதுகாப்பு ஒருங்கிணைப்பு அமைச்சர்) is an appointment in the Cabinet of Singapore, currently held by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.[1]

The position was created on 1 August 2003. At that time, it was called the Co-ordinating Minister for Security and Defence. The position was held by Tony Tan Keng Yam, then the Deputy Prime Minister. On 1 September 2005, Shunmugam Jayakumar took over the position that was renamed as Co-ordinating Minister for National Security.

Its responsibility is to oversee counter-terrorism in Singapore, by co-ordinating efforts in different government agencies.[2]

Minister Start of Term End of Term
Co-ordinating Minister for Security and Defence
Tony Tan Keng Yam 1 August 2003 1 September 2005
Co-ordinating Minister for National Security
Shunmugam Jayakumar 1 September 2005 1 November 2010
Wong Kan Seng 1 November 2010 20 May 2011
Teo Chee Hean 21 May 2011[3] Incumbent


  1. ^ "Mr TEO Chee Hean". Prime Minister‘s Office Singapore. 2014-09-11. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  2. ^ Wong, Siew Ying (17 August 2004). "DPM Tan outlines role to counter terrorist threat facing Singapore". ChannelNewsAsia.
  3. ^ "PM Lee announces sweeping changes to Cabinet". ChannelNewsAsia. Retrieved 19 May 2011.