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Dr YAACOB Ibrahim Minister for Communications and Information
Dr YAACOB Ibrahim

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim was a structural engineer at Bylander Meinhardt Partnership before receiving a scholarship to pursue a PhD at Stanford University (US).  He then worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Cornell University (US) before returning to Singapore to join the National University of Singapore.  He is currently on leave of absence from the university as an associate professor.

Dr Yaacob has been active in community service since his schooldays and has been involved with the Association of Muslim Professionals, Jamiyah, Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura and the Nature Society.  Dr Yaacob also served as a board member of Civil Service College, the National Heritage Board, STV12 Pte Ltd, and Temasek Polytechnic, and as a trustee of NTUC Income, a union-linked cooperative.  He has been associated with Yayasan Mendaki since its formation and has been its Chairman since March 2002.

Dr Yaacob has been Member of Parliament since 1997 - for the Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency (Kolam Ayer) and then for the Moulmein-Kallang Group Representation Constituency (Kolam Ayer).  He was also the first Mayor of Central Singapore District from April to November 2001.

Dr Yaacob served as Parliamentary Secretary and Senior Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology before being appointed as the Minister of State for Community Development and Sports in November 2001.  In March 2002, he was appointed as the Ministry’s Acting Minister and Minister-In-Charge of Muslim Affairs.  In May 2003, he was promoted to Minister for Community Development and Sports.

In Aug 2004, Dr Yaacob was appointed Minister for the Environment and Water Resources in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s Cabinet.  Dr Yaacob was re-appointed in the same capacity following the May 2006 elections.  Following the May 2011 elections, he was appointed Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts.  In Nov 2012, with the restructuring of ministries, Dr Yaacob became the Minister for Communications and Information.  He continues to be in charge of Muslim affairs.

Dr Yaacob serves in the People’s Action Party’s Central Executive Committee as vice-chairman.

Dr Yaacob was born in Singapore on 3 October 1955.  He is married and has two children: a son and a daughter.  He enjoys reading, listening to music, and meeting people.

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Prime Minister
Mr LEE Hsien Loong
Deputy Prime Minister and
Coordinating Minister for National Security and
Minister for Home Affairs
Mr TEO Chee Hean
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister for Finance
Minister for Trade and Industry
Mr LIM Hng Kiang
Minister, Prime Minister's Office
Mr LIM Swee Say
Minister for Communications and Information
Dr YAACOB Ibrahim
Minister for National Development
Mr KHAW Boon Wan
Minister for Defence
Dr NG Eng Hen
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
Minister for Foreign Affairs and
Minister for Law
Mr K Shanmugam
Minister for Health
Mr GAN Kim Yong
Minister for Transport
Mr LUI Tuck Yew
Minister, Prime Minister's Office and
Second Minister for Home Affairs and
Second Minister for Trade and Industry
Mr S Iswaran
Minister for Education
Mr HENG Swee Keat
Minister, Prime Minister's Office and
Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and
Second Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ms Grace FU Hai Yien
Minister for Social and Family Development and
Second Minister for Defence
Mr CHAN Chun Sing
Minister for Manpower
Mr TAN Chuan-Jin
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and
Second Minister for Communications and Information
Mr Lawrence WONG
Last updated on 02.11.2012
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