Ng Chee Khern

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Ng Chee Khern
Major General Ng Chee Khern.jpg
Ng addresses more than 90 international air chiefs during the Global Air Chiefs Conference forum in Washington D.C. on 25 September 2007.
Service/branchSingapore Armed Forces
Years of service1984–2009
Commands held
Awardssee #Awards
Ng Chee Khern
Traditional Chinese黃志勤
Simplified Chinese黄志勤
Hokkien POJN̂g Chì-khîn

Ng Chee Khern is a Singaporean civil servant and former air force general. He is currently the Permanent Secretary (Smart Nation and Digital Government) under the Prime Minister's Office, and chairman of the Government Technology Agency (GovTech).[1] He previously served as the Chief of the Republic of Singapore Air Force from 2006–2009 and held the rank of Major-General. After leaving the Air Force, he served as the Director of the Security and Intelligence Division from 2010–2014, and then as the Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) in Singapore's Ministry of Defence.


Ng is an alumnus of Victoria School and Hwa Chong Junior College, [2][3] and was a recipient of the President's Scholarship and Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship in 1985.[4] He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Second Upper Class Honours) and a Master of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. He also graduated with a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.[5]

Career in the RSAF[edit]

Ng enlisted in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in 1984 and served in the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). He flew the Northrop F-5E Tiger-II and the F-16 Fighting Falcon.[6]

Throughout his military career, Ng held various appointments, including: Commanding Officer, 149 Squadron; Commander, Tengah Air Base; Director, Joint Operations and Planning Directorate; Chief of Staff (Air Staff). He succeeded Lim Kim Choon as the Chief of Air Force on 24 March 2006[5] and relinquished this appointment to his second brother, Ng Chee Meng, on 10 December 2009.[7]

Post-RSAF career[edit]

After leaving the Air Force, Ng was appointed as the Director of the Security and Intelligence Division on 1 September 2010.[8][9] He left this position on 1 May 2014 to serve as the Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) in the Ministry of Defence.[10] He was also appointed as the Second Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health on 1 August 2014.[11]

Ng is also a member of the boards of various governmental organisations, including: Public Utilities Board; CapitaMall Trust Management; Chartered Ammunition Industries; ST Aerospace Systems; Changi International Airshow & Events; MDSO Supervisory Board; Construction Industry Development Board; Defence Science and Technology Agency; DSO National Laboratories; Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Ng has two notable younger brothers. The older of the two, Ng Chee Meng, served as the Chief of Air Force from 2009–2013 and as the Chief of Defence Force from 2013–2015 and currently serving Pasir Ris-Punggol Group Representation Constituency as a Member of the Singapore Parliament. The younger of his two brothers, Ng Chee Peng, was the Chief of Navy from 2011–2014[7] and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the CPF Board.


Other awards (years of award unknown):



  1. ^ Yong, Charissa (2017-05-22). "Three SAF high-flyers in new permanent secretary appointments and portfolio shuffles". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2017-08-12.
  2. ^ "VS Class of 2010 - Sec 4 Graduation".
  3. ^ HWA CHONG (2014-01-27), Hwa Chong Corporate Video, retrieved 2017-01-25
  4. ^ Fernandez, Warren (2001). Without Fear or Favour – 50 Years of Singapore's Public Service Commission. Singapore: Times Media. ISBN 981-232-348-1.
  5. ^ a b "New Air Force Chief Takes Over". MINDEF. 3 March 2006. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  6. ^ Yeo, Mike (March 2011). "Tigers over Lion City". Air Forces Monthly. No. 275. Key Publishing. pp. 86–91. ISSN 0955-7091.
  7. ^ a b Chow, Jermyn (17 October 2009). "Brother succeeds RSAF chief". AsiaOne News. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  8. ^ a b c "Board of Directors, CapitaMall Trust". CapitaMall Trust. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  9. ^ Chua, Tony (14 June 2012). "Capitamall Trust appoints Ng Chee Khern as Director". Singapore Business Review. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Press Release: MG(NS) Ng Chee Khern to be Permanent Secretary (Defence Development)". Public Service Division, Prime Minister's Office. 2 April 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  11. ^ Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh (25 July 2014). "Two new permanent secretary appointments next month". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
Military offices
Preceded by
Major-General Lim Kim Choon
Chief of the Republic of Singapore Air Force
24 March 2006 – 10 December 2009
Succeeded by
Brigadier-General Ng Chee Meng