Yong Nyuk Lin

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yong.
Yong Nyuk Lin
Yong Nyuk Lin (1965).jpg
Yong Nyuk Lin as minister of Health in 1965.
Minister of Education
In office
5 June 1959 – 18 October 1963
Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Ong Pang Boon
Minister of Health
In office
18 October 1963 – 1968
Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew
Preceded by K.M. Byrnes
Personal details
Born (1918-06-24)24 June 1918
Seremban, British Malaya
Died 29 June 2012(2012-06-29) (aged 94)
Political party People's Action Party (1959-1980)
Spouse(s) Kwa Geok Lan
(柯玉兰) (1939-2012, his death)
Children 2 daughters
Alma mater Raffles College

Yong Nyuk Lin (simplified Chinese: 杨玉麟; traditional Chinese: 楊玉麟; pinyin: Yáng Yùlín; 24 June 1918-29 June 2012) was a Singaporean politician.[1] He was born in Seremban, Negri Sembilan, Malaysia and studied in Singapore. He was the general manager of Overseas Assurance Company when he resigned to stand for elections in 1959. He became the Member of Parliament for Geylang West. He was in Singapore's first cabinet and served as a minister from 1959 to 1976. His portfolios included Education, Health and Communications. From 1975 to 1977, Mr. Yong was appointed Singapore's High Commissioner to UK.[2]


  1. ^ "Yong Nyuk Lin, member of Singapore's first Cabinet, dies". Channel NewsAsia. 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  2. ^ "Cabinet Changes Over The Decade" (PDF). National Archives of Singapore. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
new post
Minister for Education
Succeeded by
Ong Pang Boon
Preceded by
K.M. Byrnes
Minister for Health
Succeeded by
Chua Sian Chin
Preceded by
new post
Minister for Communications
Succeeded by
Lim Kim San
Preceded by
High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Jek Yeun Thong
Parliament of Singapore
New constituency Member of Parliament for Geylang West SMC
Succeeded by
Teh Cheang Wan