Lee Chiaw Meng
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Lee Chiaw Meng (Dr) (b. 28 February 1937, Singapore - d. 23 May 2001), polytechnic lecturer, Member of Parliament for Farrer Park and later Tanah Merah, Minister of Education from 1972 to 1975.
Dr Lee had studied in Catholic High School and Chung Cheng High School before he obtained his Bachelor of Engineering in 1960 at the University of Malaya. After graduation, he worked with PWD until 1961 when he went to Britain for higher studies and to obtain industrial experience. He obtained a PhD in engineering from the University of London in 1965 and returned to join Singapore Polytechnic as a lecturer in civil engineering.
Dr Lee stepped into politics in 1968 when he scored victory in the General Election to become the MP for Farrer Park (13 April 1968 to 13 December 1980). He moved over to Tanah Merah (13 Dec1980 to 3 Dec 1984) when Farrer Park was abolished as a constituency. He was best remembered as the Education Minister, a portfolio that he held from 1972 to 1975.
He died of duodenum cancer on 23 May 2001, leaving behind his second wife, Lyn Lee, three sons and two daughters.
Appointments in Parliament
3 May 1968 - 10 Aug 1970 : Parliamentary Secretary for Education.
11 Aug 1970 - 15 Sep 1972 : Minister of State for Education.
16 Sep 1972 - 1 Jun 1975 : Minister for Education.
2 Jun 1975 - 30 Dec 1976 : Minister for Science and Technology.
Koh Lay Tin, 2001
Dr Lee Dies. (2001, May 24). Today, p. 5.
Doctorate. (1970, August 15). The Straits Times, p. 11.
Graduate. (1968, February 16). The Straits Times, p. 8.
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