Mr Khaw Boon Wan was re-elected as a Member of Parliament in May 2011. He represents the Sembawang Group Representation Constituency (GRC) and is currently the National Development Minister, having served as the Health Minister prior to that.
In 2003, Mr Khaw participated in the successful battle against SARS. In 2005, when the NKF saga erupted, he played a critical role in restoring public confidence in the charities sector.
He has rapidly expanded the healthcare sector to cope with the growing population and ageing issues. For instance, in the north, the new Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Yishun is now open, bringing quality healthcare closer to the residents living there. Nearby, two new nursing homes and a new community hospital are being planned.
He has also liberalised Medisave and reformed MediShield and ElderShield, saving money for many patients. Through these innovations, all Singaporeans can afford good basic healthcare. He actively promotes healthy lifestyle as his mission is to help Singaporeans live a long and healthy life.
In his new appointment, he hopes to make housing affordable and accessible to all Singaporeans.
Mr Khaw graduated in Australia under the Colombo Plan Scholarship. Since graduation, he has devoted his entire life to public service. In 1992, he became then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong’s Principal Private Secretary. In 1995, he led the Ministry of Trade and Industry as its Permanent Secretary. In October 2001, he entered politics and was elected as a Member of Parliament in the Tanjong Pagar GRC.
Mr Khaw was born on 8 December 1952 in Malaysia. He is a Buddhist and married with three daughters.