Famous Singaporean Leaders

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Find out more about the greatest Singaporean Leaders, including Lee Hsien Loong, Lee Kuan Yew, Tony Tan, Goh Chok Tong and Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
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Lee Kuan Yew
(Founding Father of Modern Singapore)
Lee Kuan Yew
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Birthdate: September 16, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Singapore, Straits Settlements
Died: March 23, 2015

Lawyer-turned-politician Lee Kuan Yew, also known as LKY, was the first prime minister of Singapore, from 1959 to 1990. He established the People's Action Party. He later also served as his country’s Senior Minister and Minister Mentor. He was also part of David Rockefeller's International Council and Forbes's Brain Trust.

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Lee Hsien Loong
(Third Prime Minister of Singapore)
Lee Hsien Loong
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Birthdate: February 10, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Singapore

Lee Hsien Loong is a politician who has been serving as the current prime minister of Singapore since 2004. He has also been serving as the People's Action Party's secretary-general since 2004. Lee is credited with supervising Singapore's economic recovery after the 2008 financial crisis. A former army general, Lee served in the Singapore Armed Forces from 1971 to 1984. 

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Halimah Yacob
(8th President of Singapore)
Halimah Yacob
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Birthdate: August 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Queen Street, Singapore

Singaporean politician and former lawyer Halimah Yacob is the eighth and incumbent President of Singapore.  She ran for the 2017 presidential election as an independent and won an uncontested election thus becoming the first female President of Singapore. She earlier served as Member of Parliament during 2001-17 as member of People's Action Party and also as parliament Speaker during 2013-17.   

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Tharman Shanmugaratnam
(Singaporean Economist, Politician and a Senior Minister)
Tharman Shanmugaratnam
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Birthdate: January 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Singapore

Tharman Shanmugaratnam is a Singaporean economist and politician. He is the current Senior Minister of Singapore and the Coordinating Minister for Social Policies. He is also the current Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. An influential politician, Tharman Shanmugaratnam has also held important positions like the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Finance, and Minister for Education in Singapore.

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 5 
Goh Chok Tong
(2nd Prime Minister of Singapore (1990 - 2004))
Goh Chok Tong
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Birthdate: May 20, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Singapore

Goh Chok Tong is a Singaporean former politician best known for his service as the second Prime Minister of Singapore from 28 November 1990 to 12 August 2004. An important politician, Goh also served as the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Defence, Minister for Health, and Minister for Trade and Industry of Singapore during his illustrious career.

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S. R. Nathan
(6th President of Singapore (1999 - 2011))
S. R. Nathan
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Birthdate: July 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Singapore
Died: August 22, 2016

S.R. Nathan was a Singaporean diplomat, politician, and civil servant. He is known for his service as the sixth President of Singapore from 1999 to 2011. Prior to his service as president, Nathan served as the Director of the Security and Intelligence Division from 1971 to 1979. He was also the Singapore Ambassador to the US from 1990 to 1996.

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Tony Tan
(7th President of Singapore)
Tony Tan
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Birthdate: February 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Singapore

Tony Tan is a Singaporean politician who served as the 7th president of Singapore from 2011 to 2017. Previously, he served as the 5th deputy prime minister from 1995 till 2005. As the president, he implemented steps to promote a more active civil society. The Foreign Policy Association awarded him a medal for "outstanding leadership and service" in 2011. 

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K. Shanmugam
(Singaporean Minister for Home Affairs)
K. Shanmugam
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Birthdate: March 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Singapore

K. Shanmugam is a Singaporean politician and the current Minister for Home Affairs as well as the Minister for Law. A prominent politician, Shanmugam also served as the Second Minister for Home Affairs from 1 April 2009 to 1 November 2010 and as the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 21 May 2011 to 30 September 2015.

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Chee Soon Juan
(General Secretary of the 'Singapore Democratic Party')
Chee Soon Juan
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Birthdate: July 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Singapore

Chee Soon Juan is a Singaporean politician and the current Secretary-General of the Singapore Democratic Party. Notorious for his unconventional political activities, Chee has been jailed several times. Prior to his entry into politics in 1992, Chee Soon Juan was working at the National University of Singapore as a lecturer.

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Pritam Singh
(Singaporean Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC and Leader of the Opposition)
Pritam Singh
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Birthdate: August 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Singapore

Singaporean politician, lawyer and author Pritam Singh serves as Member of Parliament of Singapore for the Eunos divison of Aljunied GRC since May 2011, as Leader of the Opposition in Parliament of Singapore since August 2020 and as Secretary-General of Workers' Party since April 2018. Singh is also a reservist commander in the Singapore Armed Forces holding rank of Major.

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Devan Nair
(3rd President of Singapore (1981 - 1985))
Devan Nair
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Birthdate: August 5, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Malacca, Malaysia
Died: December 6, 2005

Devan Nair was a Malayan-born Singaporean politician best remembered for his service as the third President of Singapore from 23 October 1981 until his resignation on 28 March 1985. A respected political figure, Devan Nair held several important offices, including the Secretary-General office of the National Trades Union Congress.

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Ong Teng Cheong
(5th President of Singapore (1993 - 1999))
Ong Teng Cheong
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Birthdate: January 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Straits Settlements
Died: February 8, 2002

Ong Teng Cheong was a Singaporean architect and politician. He is known for his service as the fifth President of Singapore from 1 September 1993 to 31 August 1999. Ong Teng Cheong also held important ministerial positions; he served as the Minister for Labour from 1981 to 1983 and then as Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore from 1985 to 1993.

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James Le Mesurier
(British Co-Founder of the 'White Helmets', a Volunteer Civil Defence Organisation)
James Le Mesurier
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Birthdate: May 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: RAF Changi, Singapore
Died: November 11, 2019

James Le Mesurier was an English Army officer who was stationed in Yugoslavia where he was a member of the UN peacekeeping force. He is best remembered as the British co-founder of a volunteer civil defence organization called White Helmets, which was formed during the Syrian Civil War in southern Turkey in 2014.

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Stephanie Sun
(Singaporean Singer-Songwriter Is Immensely Popular in the Chinese-Speaking World)
Stephanie Sun
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Birthdate: July 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Singapore

Stephanie Sun is a Singaporean singer-songwriter who has achieved immense popularity in the Chinese-speaking world. Over the course of her career, Sun has sold over 30 million records. Stephanie Sun is best known for her debut album Yan Zi and her eighth album Stefanie; both the albums earned her a Golden Melody Award

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Josephine Teo
(Singaporean Second Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Communications and Information)
Josephine Teo
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Birthdate: July 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Singapore

Josephine Teo is a Singaporean politician and the current Minister for Communications and Information. She is also the current Second Minister for Home Affairs. An influential politician, Josephine Teo has also served as the Minister for Manpower, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Minister of State for Finance, and Minister of State for Transport.

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Tan Cheng Bock
(Chairman of the 'Progress Singapore Party')
Tan Cheng Bock
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Birthdate: April 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Singapore, Straits Settlements

Tan Cheng Bock is a Singaporean medical practitioner and politician. He is the current Chairman of the Progress Singapore Party, which he founded with 11 other members in 2019. From 28 March 2019 to 31 March 2021, he served as the party's first Secretary-General. Also known for his philanthropic activities, Tan has been involved with organizations like Disabled People's Association.   

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Raeesah Khan
(Singaporean Social Activist and Former Member of ‘Workers' Party’ Who Served as an MP)
Raeesah Khan
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Birthdate: November 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Singapore

Singaporean social-activist and former-politician Raeesah Khan was a member of Workers' Party (WP). She became youngest MP in 14th Parliament of Singapore and first female minority-opposition candidate to be elected to the Parliament. She held office as Sengkang GRC MP from July 2020 till November 2021 when she resigned from WP and Parliament following investigations into lying during parliamentary speeches.

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Lee Hsien Yang
(Singaporean Businessman and Former Brigadier-General in Singapore Armed Forces)
Lee Hsien Yang
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Birthdate: September 24, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Singapore

Singaporean businessman Lee Hsien Yang is the son of former Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, and brother of current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Yang served in the Singapore Armed Forces for almost two-decades and retired as Brigadier-General. Following his military-career, Yang held several administrative positions including as CEO in SingTel. He joined Progress Singapore Party in 2020.      

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Tan See Leng
(Singaporean Politician)
Tan See Leng
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Birthdate: December 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Singapore

Tan See Leng is a Singaporean politician best known for his service as a Minister in the Prime Minister's Office from 27 July 2020 to 14 May 2021. He is the current Minister for Manpower as well as the Second Minister for Trade and Industry. Tan See Leng also served as the Second Minister for Manpower from 2020 to 2021.

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Ng Eng Hen
(Singaporean Minister for Defence)
Ng Eng Hen
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Birthdate: December 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Singapore

Ng Eng Hen is a Singaporean politician and the current Minister for Defence. He has also held several other ministerial positions, including the Minister for Manpower from 12 August 2004 to 31 March 2008 and the Minister for Education from 1 April 2008 to 20 May 2011. Prior to his entry into politics, Ng worked at the Singapore General Hospital.

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Nicole Seah
(Singaporean Politician & Member of the Opposition 'Workers' Party')
Nicole Seah
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Birthdate: October 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Singapore

Nicole Seah is a Singaporean politician best known for her association with the National Solidarity Party (NSP). She was also a member of the Reform Party and is currently a part of the Workers' Party, an important centre-left political party in Singapore.

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George Yeo
(Former Singaporean Minister for Foreign Affairs (2004 - 2011))
George Yeo
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Birthdate: September 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Singapore

George Yeo is a Singaporean retired politician best known for his service as the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 12 August 2004 to 20 May 2011. He also held other important ministerial positions, such as the Minister for Trade and Industry, Minister for Health, and Minister for Information and the Arts. Prior to entering politics, Yeo served as a Brigadier-General.

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David Marshall
(1st Chief Minister of Singapore (1955 - 1956))
David Marshall
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Birthdate: March 12, 1908
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Singapore
Died: December 12, 1995

David Marshall was a Singaporean lawyer and politician. He is best remembered for his service as the first Chief Minister of Singapore from 6 April 1955 to 7 June 1956. Marshall played an important role in attaining independence for Singapore from the United Kingdom.

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Sundaresh Menon
(4th Chief Justice of Singapore)
Sundaresh Menon
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Birthdate: 1962 AD
Birthplace: Singapore

Sundaresh Menon is a Singaporean jurist and lawyer. He is the current Chief Justice of Singapore. Before his appointment as chief justice, Menon served as the Judicial Commissioner of Singapore from 3 April 2006 to 2 April 2007. He also served as the sixth Attorney-General of Singapore from 1 October 2010 to 25 June 2012.

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Sun Xueling
(Singaporean Politician)
Sun Xueling
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Birthdate: July 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Singapore

Sun Xueling is a Singaporean politician and the current Minister of State for Home Affairs. She is also the current Minister of State for Social and Family Development. An important politician, Sun Xueling also served as the Minister of State for Education from 27 July 2020 to 12 June 2022.

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S. Rajaratnam
(One of the Founding Fathers of Singapore and the 1st Senior Minister of Singapore)
S. Rajaratnam
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Birthdate: February 25, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sri Lanka
Died: February 22, 2006

S. Rajaratnam was a Singaporean politician best remembered for his service as the first Senior Minister of Singapore from 2 January 1985 to 3 September 1988. Rajaratnam is credited with authoring the Singapore National Pledge and is counted among the founding fathers of Singapore. He is also credited with co-founding the famous People's Action Party.

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Indranee Rajah
(Singaporean Politician)
Indranee Rajah
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Birthdate: April 12, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Singapore, Colony of Singapore

Indranee Rajah is a Singaporean politician who is currently serving as a Minister in the Prime Minister's Office. She is also the current Second Minister for National Development and the Second Minister for Finance. Indranee Rajah has also served as the Senior Minister of State for Education, Senior Minister of State for Law, and Senior Minister of State for Finance.

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Grace Fu
(Singaporean Minister for Sustainability and the Environment)
Grace Fu
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Birthdate: March 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Singapore in Malaysia

Grace Fu is a Singaporean politician and the current Minister for Sustainability and the Environment. An important politician, Fu has also served as the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Senior Minister of State for National Development, Senior Minister of State for Education, and Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources.

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Tin Pei Ling
(Singaporean Member of Parliament for MacPherson SMC)
Tin Pei Ling
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Birthdate: December 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Singapore

Tin Pei Ling is a Singaporean businesswoman and politician. An important member of the People's Action Party (PAP), Tin became the youngest candidate in PAP's history during the 2011 general election. Prior to her political career, Tin Pei Ling worked for popular companies like Ernst & Young.   

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Teo Chee Hean
(Former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore (2009 - 2019))
Teo Chee Hean
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Birthdate: December 27, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Singapore

Teo Chee Hean is a Singaporean politician and the current Senior Minister of Singapore. He is also the current Coordinating Minister for National Security. An influrntial politician, Teo also served as the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore from 1 April 2009 to 30 April 2019. Teo Chee Hean has also held other ministerial positions including the minister for Home Affairs.

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Gan Siow Huang
(The First Female Officer to Hold a General Rank in the Armed Forces of Singapore.)
Gan Siow Huang
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Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Singapore

Gan Siow Huang is a Singaporean politician and the current Minister of State for Education. She is also the current Minister of State for Manpower. Prior to her entry into politics, Gan was an Air Force officer who achieved the brigadier-general rank, becoming the first female officer to hold a general rank in the Armed Forces of Singapore

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He Ting Ru
(Member of Parliament for Sengkang GRC)
He Ting Ru
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Birthdate: June 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Singapore

He Ting Ru is a Singaporean solicitor, lawyer, and politician. Since 10 July 2020, she has been serving as a Member of Parliament for Sengkang GRC. Since 2013, He Ting Ru has also been the Head of Legal and Communications of a company, which in turn oversees legal and communications matters in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.

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Lee Bee Wah
(Politician)
Lee Bee Wah
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Birthdate: October 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Johor, Malaysia

Lee Bee Wah is a Malaysian-born Singaporean former engineer and politician. Lee was a member of the popular People's Action Party (PAP), which has governed the country since its independence from Britain in 1963. Prior to her political career, Lee Bee Wah had established an engineering firm called LBW Consultants LLP, which was acquired by the Meinhardt Group in 2014.  

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Sim Ann
(Singaporean Politician Who Has Held Several Senior Ministerial Positions)
Sim Ann
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Birthdate: March 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Singapore

Sim Ann is a Singaporean politician and the current Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. She is also currently serving as the Senior Minister of State for National Development. An influential politician, Sim Ann has also served as the Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information and the Senior Minister of State for Finance.

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Amy Khor
(Singaporean Politician)
Amy Khor
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Birthdate: February 23, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Malaysia

Amy Khor is a Singaporean politician and the current Senior Minister of State for Transport. She is also the current Senior Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment. An important politician, Khor has also served as the Senior Minister of State for Environment and Water Resources, Senior Minister of State for Health, and Senior Minister of State for Manpower.

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Wong Kan Seng
(Former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore (2005 - 2011))
Wong Kan Seng
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Birthdate: September 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Singapore

Wong Kan Seng is a Singaporean retired politician best known for his service as the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore from 1 September 2005 to 20 May 2011. He also served as the Coordinating Minister for National Security, Minister for Home Affairs, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Minister for Community Development.

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Koh Poh Koon
(Singaporean Politician Who Has Held Several Senior Ministerial Positions)
Koh Poh Koon
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Birthdate: March 16, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Singapore

Koh Poh Koon is a Singaporean politician and the current Senior Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment as well as the Senior Minister of State for Manpower. Koh Poh Koon has also served as the Senior Minister of State for Health, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, and Senior Minister of State for National Development.

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Low Yen Ling
(Singaporean Politician Who Has Held Several Ministerial Posts)
Low Yen Ling
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Birthdate: August 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Singapore

Low Yen Ling is a Singaporean politician and the current Minister of State at the Ministry for Trade and Industry and at the Ministry for Culture, Community and Youth. She has also served as Senior Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry for Manpower, Ministry for Education, and Ministry for Trade and Industry.

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Carrie Tan
(Singaporean Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC and Founder of the Charitable Organization ‘Daughters of Tomorrow’)
Carrie Tan
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Birthdate: April 11, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Singapore

Carrie Tan, a member of People's Action Party, serves as MP for Nee Soon GRC (Nee Soon South). Tan founded Daughters of Tomorrow organisation in 2012 that works on empowering economically challenged women in Singapore. She is an YSEALI fellow and was selected to introduce the then US President Barack Obama at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur in November 2015.

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Rahayu Mahzam
(Singaporean Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Law)
Rahayu Mahzam
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Birthdate: 1980 AD
Birthplace: Singapore

Rahayu Mahzam is a Member of the Singapore Parliament for Jurong GRC (Bukit Batok East) since September 2015. She served as Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Communications and Information, and since June 2022 serves as Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Law. She was a practicing lawyer before joining politics and becoming a member of the governing People's Action Party

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Denise Phua
(Mayor of Central Singapore District & Member of Parliament for Jalan Besar GRC)
Denise Phua
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Birthdate: December 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Singapore

Denise Phua is a Singaporean politician and the current Mayor of Central Singapore District. She is best known for her work to improve the lives of disabled people and people with special needs. She serves as the president of a non-profit organization called Autism Resource Centre and is credited with co-founding a special school called Pathlight School.

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Lim Hwee Hua
(Former Singaporean Politician and the First Woman to Served in the Cabinet of Singapore)
Lim Hwee Hua
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Birthdate: February 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Singapore

Former politician Lim Hwee Hua of People’s Action Party remained an MP for 15-years. She served as Minister of State for Finance and Transport and as Deputy Speaker of Parliament and became the first woman who served in Singapore’s Cabinet following her appointments as a Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Finance.

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Jessica Tan
(Singaporean Politician)
Jessica Tan
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Birthdate: May 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Singapore

Jessica Tan is a Singaporean politician who is currently serving as the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament. A member of the ruling People's Action Party (PAP), Tan started her political career in 2006 and has been active in her country's political affairs ever since.