Yeo Cheow Tong

Yeo Cheow Tong was the former Minister for Transport from 2001 to 2006 and former Member of Parliament (MP) for Hong Kah Group Representation Constituency (GRC). Mr Yeo started off his career in the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) in 1972, and thereafter joined LeBlond Makino Asia (LMA) in May 1975.

In 1981, Mr Yeo was appointed Managing Director of both LMA and its subsidiary company, Pacific Precision Castings (PPC). Mr Yeo first entered politics in 1984 as the elected MP for Hong Kah Constituency and was appointed Minister of State for Health and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in 1985.

In 1988, Mr Yeo became the Acting Minister for Health and became full Minister in 1990. An experienced political leader, he has handled different Ministerial positions including Health (1990-1994, 1997-1999), Community Development (1991-1994), Trade and Industry (1994-1997) and Environment (1997-1999). In 1999, he headed the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, which was subsequently renamed the Ministry of Transport in 2001. In the 2006 General Elections, he was returned unopposed as one of five MPs for Hong Kah GRC, and subsequently retired as Minister for Transport, more than 20 years after his first Government appointment.