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Mr LEE Hsien Loong Prime Minister
Mr LEE Hsien Loong
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Lee Hsien Loong was sworn in as Singapore’s third Prime Minister on 12 August 2004.

Mr Lee was first elected Member of Parliament (MP) in 1984 as a candidate of the People's Action Party (PAP) and has been re-elected six times, most recently in 2011 as an MP for the Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency.  He was elected to the Central Executive Committee of the PAP in 1986, and became its Secretary-General in 2004. 

Mr Lee was appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and the Ministry of Defence in 1984.  He was confirmed as full Minister for Trade and Industry in 1987, and was concurrently Second Minister for Defence.  In 1985, Mr Lee chaired the Economic Committee, which recommended changes to long established government policies to reduce business costs and revive the economy during a severe recession, as well as policies to foster longer term growth, including drastic reduction of corporate and personal taxes and the introduction of a consumption tax.

In 1990, Mr Lee was appointed Deputy Prime Minister with responsibilities for economic and civil service matters.  He also concurrently served as Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) from 1998 until 2004, and Minister for Finance from 2001 until 2007.  Mr Lee was appointed Chairman of Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) in June 2011.  

At the MAS, Mr Lee initiated reforms to liberalise the financial sector and to shift the emphasis from one-size-fits-all regulation towards a lighter supervisory touch, relying more on disclosure and caveat emptor. 

As Minister for Finance, he chaired the Economic Review Committee which in 2003 proposed strategies to further restructure and upgrade the economy.  These included tax changes to make Singapore more competitive and a major restructuring of the Central Provident Fund system. 

As Prime Minister, Mr Lee has launched policies to build a competitive economy and an inclusive society.  He has introduced new programmes to upgrade the education system, invest in R&D and infrastructure, and transform the city and living environment.  Mr Lee chairs the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council (RIEC), an international panel to oversee Singapore’s major effort in promoting R&D.

Mr Lee’s Government is also strengthening Singapore’s social safety nets.  Significant measures include the Workfare Incentive Scheme, which is a negative income tax to encourage and reward older, low-income workers, and Community Care (ComCare), an endowment fund to support a wide range of welfare and social programmes targeted at the poor.

By tackling long-term issues such as the ageing population and the pressures of globalisation, Mr Lee seeks to gear up Singapore to seize the abundant opportunities in a vibrant Asia.

Before entering politics, Mr Lee was a Brigadier-General in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).  He attended the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and held various staff and command posts, including the Director of the Joint Operations and Plans Directorate, and Chief of Staff of the General Staff.  

Mr Lee was born on 10 February 1952 and completed his schooling in Singapore.  He studied at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a B.A. in Mathematics and a Diploma in Computer Science.  He subsequently earned a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.

First married to Wong Ming Yang in 1978, Mr Lee was widowed in 1982.  He remarried Ho Ching in 1985.  He has one daughter and three sons.

Mr Lee enjoys reading, walking, listening to classical music and tinkering with

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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 21.09.2011
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