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.
In his previous portfolio as the Health Minister, Mr Khaw 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 has brought quality healthcare closer to the residents living there. 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 current appointment, he seeks to make housing affordable and accessible to all Singaporeans. He ramped up the construction of HDB flats and cleared the backlog of young families waiting for their first home. He revised several housing policies making HDB flats affordable for both the middle and the lower income families. Singles are now eligible to buy new HDB flats.
His portfolio includes making Singapore a City in a Garden. Urbanisation in Singapore will parallel a commitment to raising our quality of life and protecting our environment. Parks and park connectors bring greenery within reach of every Singaporean. He sees HDB towns as modern kampongs with strong community spirit among the residents.
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. He is a Buddhist and married with three daughters. He is a vegetarian.