Tan Chuan Jin, Lee Boon Yang, Desmond Lee (Singaporean politician)
30 September 1946 (age 74), Singapore
Interview with new candidate Desmond Lee
Lee Yock Suan (Chinese: 李玉全; pinyin: Lǐ Yù Quán; born 30 September 1946) is a former politician from Singapore. A member of the country's governing People's Action Party, he served in the Cabinet from 1987 to 2004, and was a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1980 to 2006.
- Interview with new candidate Desmond Lee
- PAP introduces new candidate Desmond Lee
- Political career
- Personal life
PAP introduces new candidate Desmond Lee
Lee worked at Singapore's Economic Development Board from 1969 to 1980, initially as a projects officer before becoming Divisional Director (Industry). From 1980 to 1981, he served as Deputy Managing Director of the Petroleum Corporation of Singapore.
Lee was first elected to Parliament at the 1980 general election. He served as an MP representing the Cheng San Single Member Constituency (1980–88), the Cheng San Group Representation Constituency (1988-2001) and the East Coast Group Representation Constituency (2001–06).
He became a full member of the Cabinet in 1987, and served as the Minister for Labour (1987–91), Minister for Education (1992–97), Second Minister for Finance (1997–98), Minister for Trade and Industry (1997–99), Minister for Information and the Arts (1999–2001), Minister for the Environment (1999–2001), Second Minister for Foreign Affairs (2001–04) and Minister in the Prime Minister's Office (2001–04).
Lee stepped down from the Cabinet in 2004. He remained an MP until 2006, before retiring from politics at the 2006 general election.
Lee was educated at Queenstown Secondary Technical School and Raffles Institution, before being awarded a President's Scholarship to study at Imperial College London where he completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Chemical Engineering. He subsequently completed a Diploma in Business Administration at the University of Singapore.
Lee is married to Adeline Oh Choon Neo and has one son and one daughter. His son, Desmond Lee Ti-Seng, was elected to Parliament in 2011 as a PAP MP for the Jurong Group Representation Constituency and was made a Minister of State in 2013.