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Lee Suan

Desmond Lee

On the left, Desmond Lee wearing eyeglasses, a jacket, and a white polo shirt. On the right, Lee Yock Suan wearing eyeglasses, a suit, and a striped tie.

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.


Desmond Lee during an interview, wearing eyeglasses and a white polo shirt.

PAP introduces new candidate Desmond Lee


Lee Yock Suan smiling and wearing eyeglasses and a polo shirt with  Desmond Lee wearing eyeglasses and a white polo shirt.

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.

Political career

Lee Yock Suan wearing eyeglasses, a suit, and a striped tie with a woman wearing a red dress.

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).

Desmond Lee during an interview, wearing eyeglasses and a white polo shirt.

After serving as a Minister of State at the Ministry of National Development and the Ministry of Finance from 1983 to 1984, Lee was made the Acting Minister for Labour in 1985.

Lee Yock Suan wearing eyeglasses, white long sleeves, and a black tie.

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).

Desmond Lee with a smiling face, wearing eyeglasses and a white polo shirt.

Lee also served as the Deputy Chairman of the People's Association from 1984 to 1991, and as Chairman of the Singapore Labour Foundation from 1997 to 2002.

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.

Personal life

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.


Lee Yock Suan Wikipedia