Ong Ye Kung says no degree needed to be PM but ALL ministers are graduates

In a fast-paced economy like Singapore’s, attaining a degree is vital to securing employment with a reasonable income. It would seem absurd to suggest otherwise, especially in our highly competitive economy. Yet, that is what Minister Ong Ye Kung seems to have suggested. In an interview with the Straits Times in May 2018, Minister Ong raised the possibility of having a Prime Minister who didn’t possess a degree. He added on that there’s nothing inherent in a minister’s job that requires a degree. It that even possible?

For a start, here are the education credentials of every PAP MP currently serving in Parliament:

  1. Ang Hin Kee, NUS
  2. Amrin Amin, NUS, Columbia University
  3. Ang Wei Neng, NUS, NTU
  4. Baey Yam Keng, University College London, Imperial College London
  5. Cheryl Chan, NTU, Macquarie Graduate School of Management
  6. Chan Chun Sing, University of Cambridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  7. Chee Hong Tat, University of California Berkeley, University of Adelaide
  8. Cheng Li Hui, NUS, Macquarie University
  9. Chia Shi-Lu, NUS, Imperial College
  10. Charles Chong, Sydney Technical College
  11. Chong Kee Hiong, NUS
  12. Desmond Choo, University of Chicago
  13. Darryl David, NTU
  14. Fatimah Lateef, NUS
  15. Foo Mee Har, University of New South Wales
  16. Grace Fu, NUS
  17. Gan Kim Yong, University of Cambridge
  18. Gan Thiam Poh, NUS
  19. Goh Chok Tong, University of Singapore (now NUS), Williams College
  20. Heng Chee How, University of Cambridge
  21. Heng Swee Keat, University of Cambridge, Harvard University
  22. Indranee Rajah, NUS
  23. Intan Azura Mokhtar, NUS, NTU
  24. S Iswaran, University of Adelaide, Harvard University
  25. Janil Puthucheary, Queen’s University Belfast, Royal College of Physicians
  26. Khaw Boon Wan, University of Newcastle, NUS
  27. Amy Khor, NUS, San Jose State University, University of Reading
  28. Koh Poh Koon, NUS, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  29. Henry Kwek, Stanford University
  30. Lam Pin Min,  NUS, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  31. Lee Bee Wah, NTU, NUS, University of Liverpool
  32. Desmond Lee, NUS, Oxford University
  33. Lee Hsien Loong, University of Cambridge, Harvard University
  34. Lee Yi Shyan, NUS
  35. Liang Eng Hwa, University of Melbourne
  36. Lim Biow Chuan, NUS
  37. Lim Hng Kiang, University of Cambridge, Harvard University
  38. Lim Swee Say,  Loughborough University, Stanford University
  39. Lim Wee Kiak, NUS
  40. Low Yen Ling, NTU
  41. Masagos Zulkifli, NTU, NUS, University of Southern California
  42. Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, NUS, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
  43. Murali Pillai, NUS, University of California Los Angeles
  44. Lily Neo,  Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  45. Ng Chee Meng,  United States Air Force Academy, Tufts University
  46. Ng Eng Hen, NUS, University of Texas
  47. Louis Ng, NUS, Oxford Brookes University
  48. Ong Teng Koon, London School of Economics, Princeton University
  49. Ong Ye Kung, London School of Economics, International Institute for Management Development
  50. Joan Pereira, NUS
  51. Denise Phua, NUS, Golden Gate University
  52. Rahayu Mahzam, NUS
  53. Saktiandi Supaat,  Murdoch University, University of Melbourne, NUS, University of Cambridge
  54. Seah Kian Peng, University of New South Wales
  55. K Shanmugam, NUS
  56. Sim Ann, Oxford University, Stanford University
  57. Sitoh Yih Pin, NUS
  58. Sun Xueling, NUS, London School of Economics
  59. Tan Chuan Jin, London School of Economics, King’s College London
  60. Jessica Tan, NUS
  61. Sam Tan, NUS
  62. Patrick Tay, NUS
  63. Teo Chee Hean, University of Manchester, Imperial College London
  64. Teo Ho Pin, NUS,  Heriot-Watt University
  65. Josephine Teo, NUS, London School of Economics
  66. Teo Ser Luck, NTU
  67. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, London School of Economics, University of Cambridge, Harvard University
  68. Tin Pei Ling, NUS
  69. Edwin Tong, NUS
  70. Vikram Nair, University of Cambridge, NUS
  71.  Vivian Balakrishnan, NUS, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  72. Lawrence Wong,  University of Wisconsin, University of Michigan, Harvard University
  73. Yaacob Ibrahim, University of Singapore (now NUS), Stanford University
  74. Alex Yam, University of Kent
  75. Yee Chia Hsing, NTU
  76. Melvin Yong, NTU, University of Leicester
  77. Zainal Sapari, NTU
  78. Zaqy Mohamad, NTU

Virtually every PAP Minister (and almost every MP) possesses at least a Bachelor’s Degree. If Singapore wants to see a PM without a degree as what Minister Ong boldly prophesies, change has to start at the top.

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