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Ng Chee Meng and Koh Poh Koon join the Labour Movement
PUBLISHED ON 23 Apr 2018
Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport Mr Ng Chee Meng and Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development Dr Koh Poh Koon have been appointed as Deputy Secretaries-General of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) on Monday, 23 April 2018.
 
The appointments will be on a part time basis from today till 1 May 2018 for Mr Ng, while Dr Koh will be “an additional interface between the Labour Movement and Government agencies,” stated PM Lee in his letter.
 
At the PAP Awards and Conference last year, Prime Minister and Secretary-General for the Party Mr Lee Hsien Loong had said that the Labour Movement should "plan for leadership renewal."
 
President of the NTUC Mary Liew subsequently requested for suitable office holders to serve the unions. She wrote in a letter to PM Lee, "The symbiotic relationship between the NTUC and the PAP has served us well since Singapore's founding, and that we should continue to strengthen both the leadership of the Labour Movement and this relationship."
 
Mr Ng mentioned that he was honoured to join the movement and that he will go to the ground to understand the needs of the workers. Dr Koh also shared that his experience with the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) will help translate the Industry Transformation Maps (ITMs) better, and also outreach to more groups of working people.
 
PM Lee in his reply to Ms Liew added: “I fully agree with you that the symbiotic relationship between the NTUC and the PAP has served us well since Singapore’s founding, and that we should continue to strengthen both the leadership of the Labour Movement and this relationship. I also agree the strengthening the training and skills of working people, and expanding the Labour Movement’s outreach to new groups of workers, are key priorities for the next phase of our development.”
 
He added, “I am confident that Chee Meng, Chee How and Poh Koon will as a team contribute much to NTUC’s efforts in all these areas.”

 

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