Ng Chee Meng

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Ng Chee Meng

Maj Gen Ng Chee Meng at the Shangri-La Dialogue, Singapore - 20140530.jpg
Ng Chee Meng (then Major General) during a reception at the Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore as Chief of Defence Force in 2014
Minister in Prime Minister's Office
Assumed office
1 May 2018
Serving with Indranee Rajah
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Preceded byChan Chun Sing
Josephine Teo
Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress
Assumed office
22 May 2018
Preceded byChan Chun Sing
Member of Parliament
for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC
(Punggol North)
Assumed office
11 September 2015
Minister for Education
In office
1 November 2016 – 30 April 2018
Acting: 1 October 2015 – 31 October 2016
Serving with Ong Ye Kung (Higher Education and Skills)
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Preceded byHeng Swee Keat
Succeeded byOng Ye Kung (Education)
Second Minister for Transport
In office
1 November 2016 – 30 April 2018
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterKhaw Boon Wan
Chief of Defence Force
In office
27 March 2013 – 18 August 2015
Preceded byNeo Kian Hong
Succeeded byPerry Lim
Personal details
Born (1968-08-08) 8 August 1968 (age 51)
Political partyPeople's Action Party
Children2 daughters
Alma materUnited States Air Force Academy
Tufts University
Military service
Allegiance Singapore
Branch/serviceSingapore Armed Forces
Years of service1986–2015
Rank10-RSAF-OF08.svg Lieutenant-General

Ng Chee Meng PPA(E) (Chinese: 黄志明; pinyin: Huáng Zhìmíng; born 8 August 1968) is a Singaporean politician and the current Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress. He served as the 8th Chief of Defence Force of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) from 2013 to 2015, and held the rank of Lieutenant-General. He was also the Chief of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) from 2009 to 2013. Upon retirement from military career, He announced his intention to enter politics, and is the highest ranking officer to join the ruling party.[1] In the 2015 Singapore general election, he was fielded into Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC[2] and won a seat successfully paving way to be a Member of Parliament.

He is currently a Member of Parliament for the Pasir Ris-Punggol Group Representation Constituency. Ng was appointed as the Acting Minister of Schools and the Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Transport, by the Prime Minister on 1 October 2015. Ng was promoted to Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport on 1 November 2016.


Ng was educated at The Chinese High School and Hwa Chong Junior College, and was awarded the Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Training Award (Graduating) in 1987.[3] He completed a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering at the United States Air Force Academy in 1991, and graduated from the Singapore Command and Staff College in 1999. In 2002, he obtained a Master of Arts in international relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.[4]

Military career[edit]

Ng joined the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in December 1986 and was a fighter pilot in the Republic of Singapore Air Force. During his military career, among the appointments he held were the following: Commanding Officer, 144 Squadron; Commander, Changi Air Base; Deputy Head, Joint Communications and Information Systems Department; Head, Air Plans; Director, Joint Operations; Deputy Chief of Air Force. He was also the Military Private Secretary to the Minister of Defence from December 1995 to July 1996.[4]

Ng succeeded his elder brother, Ng Chee Khern, as the Chief of Air Force on 10 December 2009.[5] He relinquished this position to Hoo Cher Mou on 25 March 2013,[6] and succeeded Neo Kian Hong as the Chief of Defence Force (CDF) on 27 March.[7] He was promoted from the rank of Major-General to Lieutenant-General on 27 June 2013.[8] Ng was the second air force general in Singapore's military history to be appointed as the CDF, after Bey Soo Khiang in 1995.

Ng chaired the organising committee for the state funeral of Singapore's first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, from 23 to 29 March 2015. He also led the first round of the vigil guard who stood guard during Lee's lying in state in Parliament House from 25 to 28 March.[9][10]

Ng retired from the SAF on 18 August 2015 and was replaced by Perry Lim as the CDF.[9][10]

Political career[edit]

Ng confirmed on 18 August 2015 after retiring from the SAF that he would enter politics.[11] On 22 August, the People's Action Party (PAP) announced that Ng would be part of a six-member PAP team that would be contesting in Pasir Ris-Punggol Group Representation Constituency in the 2015 general election.[12] The PAP team won, clinching 72.89% of the electorate's valid votes in the constituency.[13] Ng was appointed acting Minister of Education (Schools). Subsequently, Ng was appointed Second Minister for Transport.

On 23 April 2018, Ng joined the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and was appointed as its Deputy Secretary-General.[14][15][16] On 22 May 2018, Ng was elected by the NTUC Central Committee members to become Secretary-General of the NTUC.[17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Ng has two notable brothers. The elder, Ng Chee Khern, was the Chief of Air Force from 2006 to 2009 and is currently the Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office. The younger, Ng Chee Peng, was the Chief of Navy from 2011 to 2014,[5] and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Provident Fund Board.



  1. ^ "Outgoing Chief of Defence Force Ng Chee Meng to enter politics". The Straits Times. 19 August 2015.
  2. ^ "General plunges into electoral battlefield". The Straits Times. 5 September 2015.
  3. ^ "NG CHEE MENG 黄志明" (PDF). 23 July 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "SAF Leadership". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  5. ^ a b Jermyn Chow (17 October 2009). "Brother succeeds RSAF chief". AsiaOne. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  6. ^ "New Chief of Air Force takes command". AsiaOne. 25 March 2013. Archived from the original on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  7. ^ "New Chief of Defence Force for the SAF". Ministry of Defence. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  8. ^ Ong Hong Tat (27 June 2013). "Greater responsibility & recognition: SAF promotes over 500 personnel". Cyber Pioneer. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Change in Chief of Defence Force and Chief of Army". MINDEF Official Releases. Ministry of Defence. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Chief of Defence Force Ng Chee Meng will retire after 29 years in SAF". Channel NewsAsia. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  11. ^ Jermyn Chow (18 August 2015). "Outgoing Chief of Defence Force Ng Chee Meng to enter politics". The Straits Times. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Former defence chief Ng Chee Meng joins PAP's Pasir Ris-Punggol team". AsiaOne. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Results". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 11 January 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  14. ^ Kwang, Kevin (23 April 2018). "Education Minister Ng Chee Meng, Koh Poh Koon join NTUC as deputy sec-gens". Channel NewsAsia (in Korean).
  15. ^ "Ng Chee Meng is new NTUC Deputy Sec-Gen, expected to take over as new labour chief". The Straits Times. 23 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Outgoing labour chief Chan Chun Sing lays out NTUC's focus going forward". Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  17. ^ "Ng Chee Meng steps up as labour chief, taking over from Chan Chun Sing". The Straits Times. 22 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Ng Chee Meng elected NTUC secretary-general". CNA.
Political offices
Preceded by
Heng Swee Keat
as Minister for Education
Minister for Education (Schools)
2016 – 2018
Acting: 2015 – 2016
Served alongside: Ong Ye Kung (Higher Education and Skills)
Succeeded by
Ong Ye Kung
as Minister for Education
Preceded by
Chan Chun Sing
Josephine Teo
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office
2018 – present
Served alongside: Indranee Rajah
Parliament of Singapore
Preceded by
Penny Low
Member of Parliament for
Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC (Punggol North)

2015 – present
Trade union offices
Preceded by
Chan Chun Sing
of the National Trades Union Congress

2018 – present
Military offices
Preceded by
Major-General Ng Chee Khern
Chief of the Republic of Singapore Air Force
10 December 2009 – 25 March 2013
Succeeded by
Brigadier-General Hoo Cher Mou
Preceded by
Lieutenant-General Neo Kian Hong
8th Chief of Defence Force
27 March 2013 – 18 August 2015
Succeeded by
Major-General Perry Lim