Yaacob Ibrahim

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Yaacob Ibrahim
يعقوب إبراهيم
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Dr Yaacob Ibrahim
Minister for Communications and Information
In office
1 November 2012 – 30 April 2018
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by Himself
(As Minister of Information, Communications and the Arts)
Succeeded by S. Iswaran
Minister in charge of Cyber Security
In office
1 November 2015 – 30 April 2018
Preceded by Post Established (occupied by the Minister for Communications and Information)
Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts
In office
21 May 2011 – 1 November 2012
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by Lui Tuck Yew
Succeeded by Himself
(As Minister of Communications and Information)
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
In office
12 August 2004 – 20 May 2011
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by Lim Swee Say
Succeeded by Vivian Balakrishnan
Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs
In office
25 March 2002 – 30 April 2018
Personal details
Born (1955-10-03) 3 October 1955 (age 62)
Colony of Singapore
Political party People's Action Party (1997)
Children 2
Alma mater University of Singapore,
Stanford University
Profession Engineer
Lecturer, professor

Yaacob bin Ibrahim, MP (Jawi: يعقوب بن إبراهيم; born 3 October 1955) is a Singaporean politician. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP) until 2020, he is previously Minister for Communications and Information, Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs and Minister in charge of Cyber Security.[1] A Member of Parliament (MP) since 1997, he was the Minister for Community Development and Sports from 2003 to 2004, as the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources from 2004 to 2011, and as the Minister for the Information, Communications and the Arts from 21 May 2011 to 1 November 2012.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Dr Yaacob has been active in community service since his school days and has been involved in the Association of Muslim Professionals, Jamiyah, Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura and the Nature Society (Singapore). Initially a volunteer tutor, became the Chairman of the Council for the Development of Singapore Malay/Muslim Community (Yayasan Mendaki) in March 2002.

He is married with a son and a daughter.[3] Questions about his son's citizenship and if he would serve national service were raised when a leaked US diplomatic cable from WikiLeaks stated the minister's two children as US citizens.[4] In response, he clarified that his children have dual American and Singaporean citizenship until the age of 18 because of the status of his wife as an American citizen. He confirms his son will serve national service.[5]

Yaacob's eldest brother Ismail Ibrahim was the first Malay recipient of the President's Scholarship.[6] His sister Zuraidah Ibrahim was a former Straits Times journalist now with South China Morning Post.[7][8] His younger brother Latiff Ibrahim is a lawyer.[9]

Education and early career[edit]

Yaacob studied at Tanjong Katong Technical Secondary School, which turned coeducational during his time there.[10] He graduated from the University of Singapore with an honours degree in civil engineering in 1980 and in 1989 obtained a Doctor of Philosophy from Stanford University. He was a postdoc at Cornell University. He returned to Singapore in 1990 and joined the National University of Singapore faculty in 1991. He received his department's teaching excellence award in 1994. He is currently on leave of absence from the university as an associate professor.

Political career[edit]

A Member of Parliament since 1997, he represented the Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency (Jalan Besar GRC) (1997-2011) and the Moulmein-Kallang GRC since the 2011 general election. Within both GRCs, he has been responsible for the Kolam Ayer ward. In April 2001 he became the first Mayor of Central District of Singapore until November 2001.[2]

Yaacob was Parliamentary Secretary and Senior Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. He became a Minister of State for at the Ministry of Community Development and Sports in November 2001. In March 2002, Yaacob became the Acting Minister for Community Development and Sports and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs and made a full member of the Cabinet in May 2003.

He became the Minister of Environment and Water Resources in 2004.[2] In 2009, after the Bukit Timah canal burst its banks after a downpour, resulting in parts of Bukit Timah being submerged, Yaacob remarked it was a freak event that "occurs once in 50 years".[11] The country would go on to experience more than 70 flash floods between the year 2010 and 2013.[12]

In May 2011, in a cabinet rearrangement, Yaacob became Minister for Information, Communication and the Arts. He continues to serve as the Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs. Yaacob is on the PAP Central Executive Committee as Vice-Chairman.[2] In April 2015, Dr Yaacob was appointed the Minister in charge of Cyber Security and oversees the Cyber Security Agency (Singapore), an agency formed under the Prime Minister's Office. He has been re-appointed to serve in this capacity following the September 2015 General Election.

Yaacob stepped down from the cabinet on 30 April 2018.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Member's Profile". parliament.gov.sg. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Dr YAACOB Ibrahim". cabinet.gov.sg. 
  3. ^ "Dr YAACOB Ibrahim". parliament.gov.sg. 
  4. ^ "Dr Yaacob Ibrahim's son will serve NS". AsiaOne. Archived from the original on 2016-11-20. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Yaacob Ibrahim clarifies childrens' citizenship". Retrieved 2017-08-28. 
  6. ^ "Desire for Malay president cuts across community: Yaacob". TODAYonline. Retrieved 2017-08-28. 
  7. ^ ceritalah. "GE13: Real challenge for MSM - Letters | The Star Online". Retrieved 2017-08-28. 
  8. ^ "What next after SCMP's top-level changes?". EJ Insight. 2015-11-09. Retrieved 2017-08-28. 
  9. ^ hermesauto (2016-10-08). "Lawyer honoured at Muis Awards for contributions to community". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2017-08-28. 
  10. ^ Proxy Arena - Singapore Education History
  11. ^ "Deluge a 'once in 50 years' event". The Straits Times. 
  12. ^ "Changing weather patterns causing more flash floods". www.todayonline.com. 
  13. ^ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/lim-hng-kiang-lim-swee-say-yaacob-ibrahim-retire-10171024

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Political offices
Preceded by
Abdullah Tarmugi
Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs
12 May 2003 – present
Acting: 25 March 2002 – 11 May 2003
Incumbent
Minister for Community Development and Sports
12 May 2003 – 11 August 2004
Acting: 25 March 2002 – 11 May 2003
Succeeded by
Vivian Balakrishnan
Preceded by
Lim Swee Say
as Minister for the Environment
Minister for the Environment
12 August 2004 – 29 May 2006
Succeeded by
Vivian Balakrishnan
as Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
30 May 2006 – 20 May 2011
Preceded by
Lui Tuck Yew
as Minister for
Information, Communications and the Arts
Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts
21 May 2011 – 31 October 2012
Incumbent
Minister for Communications and Information
1 November 2012 – present
Government offices
New office Mayor of Central Singapore district
1 April 2001 – 23 November 2001
Succeeded by
Heng Chee How