Mr NG Chee Meng
Ng Chee Meng is currently Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and was appointed the Deputy Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) on 23 April 2018. He is also Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC.
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 2016 and held the concurrent appointment of Second Minister for Transport.
In the Ministry of Education, Mr Ng strengthened efforts to develop well-rounded individuals anchored on strong values. A focus on applied learning was also central in Mr Ng’s 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.
In the Ministry of Transport, Mr Ng pushed for the transformation of the aviation sector and the implementation of technological innovations to benefit workers and travellers at Changi Airport. Mr Ng also led efforts to help the Taxi and Private Hire Car point-to point industry cope with technological disruption and worked closely with the Labour Movement to professionalise the industry.
Prior to his Cabinet appointment, he served as 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, he also charted out the SAF’s restructuring plans.
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.