SINGAPORE – Former Public Service Commission (PSC) President Eddie Teo was sworn in as a member of the Council of Presidential Advisors (CPA) on Monday (27 August).
President Halimah Yacob gave Mr. Teo, 71, his appointment on the advice of the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon.
His appointment is for the period August 15, 2018, until June 1, 2020.
The CPA advises the president on the use of its discretionary and protective powers in safeguarding the former reserves of the government and the fifth ritex Boards of Directors and public companies.
The Council also advises the President on the appointment of several important public servants.
Mr Teo replaced Mr Lee Tzu Yang, 63, who resigned from the CPA on 6 August after being sworn in as chairman of the PSC.
Lee was sworn in for the CPA on 7 January 2013 and stopped after 35 years as chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore in 2014.
In 2016, he was recognized as honorary fellow by the Institution of Chemical Engineers.
He started on 2 May as deputy chairman of the PVC on 2 May before he took over Mr Teo as chairman of the committee.
Mr Teo has worked in the public service for almost 50 years, ten of whom have been spent as chairman of the PSC.
As a scholar of a president, he began his career in 1970 in the Security and Intelligence Division (SID). In nine years, at the age of 31, he became director, a position he held until 1994.
From 1982 to 1986, Mr Teo was also Director of the Internal Security Department, which made him the only person who at the same time led the external and internal intelligence services of Singapore.
After becoming PSC chairman on 1 August 2008, he brought new members with different backgrounds and professions, from the academic world to social work and law, on board.
It was also during his time that scholarships were awarded to students from a wider range of schools, including polytechnics. Scholars were also encouraged to go beyond traditional destinations for their studies, with some on their way to countries such as Egypt, Israel and Thailand.