Yeo Cheow Tong

Goh Chok Tong George Yeo Abdullah Tarmugi
Yeo Cheow Tong
姚照东
Minister for Transport[1]
In office
November 2001 – 2006
Prime MinisterGoh Chok Tong
Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded byhimself (post renamed from Minister for Communications and Information Technology)
Succeeded byRaymond Lim
Minister for Communications and Information Technology
In office
June 1999 – November 2001
Prime MinisterGoh Chok Tong
Preceded byMah Bow Tan
Succeeded byhimself (as Minister for Transport)
Minister for the Environment
In office
January 1997 – June 1999
Prime MinisterGoh Chok Tong
Preceded byTeo Chee Hean
Succeeded byLee Yock Suan
Minister for Health
In office
January 1997 – June 1999
Prime MinisterGoh Chok Tong
Preceded byGeorge Yeo
Succeeded byLim Hng Kiang
Minister for Trade and Industry
In office
January 1994 – January 1997
Prime MinisterGoh Chok Tong
Minister for Community Development
In office
September 1991 – January 1994
Prime MinisterGoh Chok Tong
Preceded bySeet Ai Mei
Succeeded byAbdullah Tarmugi
Minister for Health
In office
November 1990 – January 1994
Prime MinisterGoh Chok Tong
Preceded byRichard Hu Tsu Tau
Succeeded byGeorge Yeo
Senior Minister of State for Health
In office
September 1988 – November 1990
Prime MinisterLee Kuan Yew
Personal details
Born
Yeo Cheow Tong

22 June 1947
NationalitySingaporean
Spouse(s)Helen Yeo-Tan Cheng Hoong
Children3
Occupationpolitician

Yeo Cheow Tong (simplified Chinese: 姚照东; traditional Chinese: 姚照東; pinyin: Yáo Zhào Dōng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Iâu Chiàu-tong; born 22 June 1947) is a former politician from Singapore. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), he served in the Cabinet from 1990 to 2006, and was a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1984 to 2011.

Early life

Yeo was educated at Anglo-Chinese School, before receiving a Colombo Plan Scholarship[3] in 1967 to study at the University of Western Australia, where he received a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree.

Career

He worked for Singapore's Economic Development Board (EDB) from 1972–75, before entering the private sector. He entered politics in 1984. At the 1984 general election, Yeo was elected a Member of Parliament for Hong Kah constituency. In 1985, he was appointed a Minister of State at the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In 1988, Yeo became the Acting Minister for Health, before becoming a full member of the Cabinet in 1990. He went on to hold a number of different Cabinet positions including Minister of Health (1990–94, 1997–99), Minister for Community Development (1991–94), Minister for Trade and Industry (1994–97), Minister for the Environment (1997–99), Minister for Communications and Information Technology (1999–2001), and Minister for Transport (2001–06).

In June 2006, Yeo resigned from the Cabinet to return to the private sector. He continued to serve as a Member of Parliament for the Hong Kah Group Representation Constituency until 2011, when he retired from politics. He was succeeded by Alex Yam in the 2011 Singaporean general election.

Personal life

Yeo is married to lawyer Helen Yeo-Tan Cheng Hoong. The couple have three children and 6 grandchildren.

References

  1. ^ https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=29616579&privcapId=71545570
  2. ^ https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=29616579&privcapId=71545570
  3. ^ "Australia launches 'reverse' Colombo Plan". Asiaone. Retrieved 18 September 2018.