Minister for Communications and Information
Technology, Republic of Singapore
Yeo Cheow Tong was born in 1947
He received his secondary education at Anglo-Chinese School. In
1967, he was awarded a Colombo Plan Scholarship to the University
of Western Australia, where he obtained his Bachelor of Engineering
He worked in the Economic Development Board (EDB) from 1972 to
May 1975, when he joined LeBlond Makino Asia Pte Ltd (LMA) as a
Staff Engineer. He was subsequently promoted to Engineering Manager,
then to Operations Director and in 1981, to Managing Director of
both LMA and its subsidiary company, Pacific Precision Castings
(pte) Ltd (PPC).
In the December 1984 General Election, he was returned unopposed
as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hong Kah Constituency.
He resigned from LMA and PPC in February 1985 to take up his appointment
as Minister of State for Health and Minister of State for Foreign
In the September 1988 General Election, he was again returned unopposed
as one of three MPs for the Hong Kah Group Representation Constituency
(GRC). After the September 1988 General Election, he was promoted
to Senior Minister of State and re-appointed Acting Minister for
In November 1990, Yeo Cheow Tong was appointed Minister for Health
in the Government led by Prime Minister Gah Chok Tong.
In the 1991 General Election, he was returned unopposed as one
of four MPs for the Hong Kah GRC. He was appointed Minister for
Health and Minister for Community Development in September 1991.
On 2 January 1994, Yeo Cheow Tong relinquished his portfolios of
Health and Community Development, and became Minister for Trade
In the 1997 General Election, he was elected as one of five MPs
for the Hong Kah GRC.
On 25 January 1997, Yeo Cheow Tong relinquished his Trade and Industry
portfolio, and was appointed Minister for Health and Minister for
On 3 June 1999, he relinquished his Health and Environment portfolios
and was appointed Minister for Communications and Information Technology.
He is married and has three daughters.