Mr NG Chee Meng
Ng Chee Meng is currently the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). He was first appointed as the NTUC Deputy Secretary-General on 23 April 2018 and subsequently elected as the NTUC Secretary-General on 22 May 2018. He is also an elected Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol Group Representation Constituency.
Mr Ng was first appointed to the Cabinet of Singapore as the Acting Minister for Education (Schools) and Senior Minister of State for Transport on 1 October 2015. He was subsequently appointed the Minister for Education (Schools) on 1 November 2015 and held the concurrent appointment of Second Minister for Transport. He relinquished both positions on 30 April 2018.
When he was the Minister for Education (Schools), Mr Ng strengthened efforts to develop well-rounded individuals anchored on strong values. A focus on applied learning was central in his efforts to prepare our students for the future. He also championed the joy of learning and encouraged students to dare to take risks to pursue their interests. When Mr Ng was with the Ministry of Transport, he pushed for transformation of the aviation sector and implementation of technological innovations to benefit workers and travellers at Changi Airport. He also led efforts to help both the taxi and private hire car industries cope with technological disruption and worked closely with the Labour Movement to professionalise the industry.
Prior to his Cabinet appointment, Mr Ng served as the Singapore's Chief of Defence Force (CDF). During his tenure as CDF, he ensured that the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) maintained its high level of operational effectiveness in safeguarding the nation’s security. Under his leadership, the SAF’s restructuring plans were put in place.
Mr Ng joined the SAF in December 1986 and held various key command and staff appointments during his 29 years of service. These included Commanding Officer, 144 Squadron; Head Air Plans Department; Commander, Changi Air Base; Director, Joint Operations and Chief of Air Force.
He also held several directorship appointments in public and private organisations, including the Boards of Singapore Technologies Engineering, Defence Science and Technology Agency, and Jurong Town Corporation.
Mr Ng graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1991. In 2003, he obtained a Master of Arts (International Relations) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, USA.