Masagos Zulkifli

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Masagos Zulkifli
ماسڬوس ذوالكفل
Minister Masagos Zulkifli.jpg
Minister Masagos Zulkifli in 2021
Minister for Social and Family Development
Assumed office
27 July 2020
PresidentHalimah Yacob
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Preceded byDesmond Lee
ConstituencyTampines GRC (Tampines West)
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
In office
1 October 2015 – 26 July 2020
PresidentTony Tan
Halimah Yacob
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Preceded byVivian Balakrishnan
Succeeded byGrace Fu
as Minister for Sustainability and Environment
ConstituencyTampines GRC (Tampines West)
Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs
Assumed office
1 May 2018
PresidentHalimah Yacob
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Preceded byYaacob Ibrahim
ConstituencyTampines GRC (Tampines West)
Minister in the Prime Minister's Office
In office
9 April 2015 – 30 September 2015
PresidentTony Tan
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Preceded byLim Swee Say
Succeeded byChan Chun Sing
ConstituencyTampines GRC (Tampines West)
Second Minister for Health
Assumed office
27 July 2020
PresidentHalimah Yacob
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterGan Kim Yong
(2020–2021)
Ong Ye Kung
(since 2021)
Preceded byPosition Established
ConstituencyTampines GRC (Tampines West)
Second Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office
9 April 2015 – 30 September 2015
Serving with Grace Fu Hai Yien
PresidentTony Tan
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterK Shanmugam
Preceded byPosition Established
Succeeded byPosition Abolished
ConstituencyTampines GRC (Tampines West)
Second Minister for Home Affairs
In office
9 April 2015 – 30 September 2015
Serving with S. Iswaran
PresidentTony Tan
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterTeo Chee Hean
Preceded byPosition Established
Succeeded byJosephine Teo
ConstituencyTampines GRC (Tampines West)
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for Tampines GRC
(Tampines West)
Assumed office
6 May 2006
Preceded byYatiman Yusof (PAP)
Majority46,742 (32.82%)
Personal details
Born (1963-04-16) 16 April 1963 (age 58)
Singapore
Political partyPeople's Action Party
Alma materNanyang Technological University
National University of Singapore
University of Southern California

Masagos Zulkifli bin Masagos Mohamad (Jawi: ماسڬوس ذوالكفل بن ماسڬوس محمد; born 16 April 1963) is a Singaporean politician. A member of the country's governing People's Action Party, he was appointed as the Singapore's Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Health by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. He concurrently holds the appointment of Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs from 1 May 2018. He has also served as a Member of Parliament (MP) since 2006, representing the ward of Tampines West in Tampines Group Representation Constituency (GRC). He was elected as the People's Action Party Central Executive Committee vice chairman.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Masagos was born on 16 April 1963 and had his early education at Bukit Panjang Government High School and National Junior College. Subsequently, he graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree from Nanyang Technological University with First Class Honours, majoring in electrical and electronic engineering, and in 1994 with a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Singapore. His first job was with Singapore Telecommunications Limited (now Singtel) in 1988; a SingTel Postgraduate Scholarship enabled him to take a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the University of Southern California in 1995. He was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of SingTel Global Offices.[1]

Political career[edit]

Masagos left the private sector for politics in 2006, after being elected as one of the five Members of Parliament representing the Tampines Group Representation Constituency in the general election that year.[2] He was appointed Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education on 2 June 2006, and concurrently Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs on 1 April 2008. He was promoted to Minister of State in these ministries with effect from 1 November 2010.[1]

Masagos (back, second from left), then Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education, at a working lunch hosted by United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in The Pentagon on 17 October 2006. With him are (left to right) the Defence Attaché in Singapore's U.S. Embassy Brig.-Gen. Richard Keng Yong Lim, Singapore's Ambassador to the U.S. Chan Heng Chee, and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.

Masagos was re-elected in the 2011 general election, and on 21 May 2011 appointed Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs. On 1 August 2012 he was promoted to Senior Minister of State in these ministries.[1]

As of 9 April 2015, Masagos was appointed a full Minister in the Prime Minister's Office. This was the first time there were two full ministers of Malay descent in the Cabinet, the other being Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim. Masagos was also promoted to Second Minister for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs and was put in charge of leading the Tampines GRC. [3] Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Masagos' elevation to full minister reflected the "progress of the Malay community".[4] Masagos himself said he was honoured to have been appointed and that "[h]aving two Malay full ministers in the Cabinet for the first time in our nation's history reflects the [Government's] trust and recognition of the good progress made by the Malay-Muslim community".[5]

On 28 September 2015, it was announced that Masagos will be the Minister for Environment and Water Resources from 1 October 2015.[6] He was appointed as Minister for the Ministry of Social and Family Development from 27 July 2020.[7]

He was also appointed the Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs from 1 May 2018.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mr MASAGOS Zulkifli, Prime Minister's Office (Singapore), 10 April 2015, archived from the original on 10 April 2015.
  2. ^ Current MPs, Channel NewsAsia, archived from the original on 1 April 2015, retrieved 11 April 2015.
  3. ^ Press Statement from the Prime Minister on Changes to Cabinet and Other Appointments, Prime Minister's Office, 8 April 2015, archived from the original on 10 April 2015; Fiona Chan (9 April 2015), "Masagos promoted to full minister in Cabinet changes: Chun Sing to be labour chief in May, Swee Say to helm Manpower", The Straits Times, p. A1.
  4. ^ Neo Chai Chin (9 April 2015), "Masagos promoted in Cabinet reshuffle: Presence for the first time of two Malay-Muslim full Ministers in Cabinet 'shows progress of community'", Today, pp. 1–2, archived from the original on 10 April 2015.
  5. ^ Siau Ming En; Neo Chai Chin (9 April 2015), "Promotion hailed as sign of Malay community's progress: It dispels perception that there can be only one Malay minister at any one time", Today, p. 2, archived from the original on 10 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announces Singapore's new Cabinet". Channel NewsAsia. 28 September 2015. Archived from the original on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  7. ^ "New Cabinet line-up: Six office-holders each from Malay, Indian communities". The Straits Times. 27 July 2020. Archived from the original on 31 October 2020. Retrieved 28 April 2021.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lim Swee Say
S. Iswaran
Grace Fu
Minister in the Prime Minister's Office
2015
Served alongside: Lim Swee Say, S. Iswaran, Grace Fu, Chan Chun Sing
Succeeded by
Chan Chun Sing
Preceded by
Vivian Balakrishnan
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
2015 – 2020
Succeeded by
Grace Fu
as Minister for Sustainability and the Environment
Preceded by
Yaacob Ibrahim
Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs
2018 – present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Desmond Lee
Minister for Social and Family Development
2020 – present
Incumbent
Preceded by
New office
Second Minister for Health
2020 – present
Incumbent
Parliament of Singapore
Preceded by
Yatiman Yusof
Member of Parliament for
Tampines GRC (Tampines West)

2006 – present
Incumbent