MFA Press Statement: Appointment of Ambassador to Japan and Non-Resident Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco

The Government has appointed Mr Lui Tuck Yew as Singapore’s Ambassador to Japan, and Mr George Goh Ching Wah as Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco.

Mr Lui Tuck Yew was Minister for Transport from 2011 to 2015 and concurrently Second Minister for Defence in 2015.He was Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts from 2009 to 2011 and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2011 to 2012.Mr Lui was first elected Member of Parliament in 2006.He served as Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts until 2009.

Prior to joining politics, Mr Lui was Chief Executive Officer in the Housing and Development Board from 2005 to 2006.From 2003 to 2005, he was Chief Executive in the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and concurrently Deputy Secretary (Land) in the Ministry of Transport.In 1999, Mr Lui was appointed Chief of Navy, a position he held till 2003.

Mr Lui graduated from Trinity College, University of Cambridge in 1983 with a degree in Chemistry. In 1993, he obtained a Master in International Relations from the Fletcher School, Tufts University. Mr Lui attended the Command Course at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island in 1996.

Mr George Goh Ching Wah is the co-founder and Group Executive Chairman of Ossia International Limited and Executive Chairman of Internet Technology Group Limited. He is also concurrently the Deputy Chairman of Pertama Holdings Limited.

Mr Goh has also founded seven listed and private companies.Among his many appointments, he was Executive Chairman of VGO Corporation Limited from 2002 to 2006, Executive Chairman of SGL Capital Investment Management Limited from 2005 to 2010, and International Chairman of Rebel Sport Limited from 1998 to 2001 and United Envirotech Limited from 2004 to 2008.

In 2015, Mr Goh and his wife co-founded Border Mission Limited, a charity organisation that helps and supports the poor and needy in Singapore, the Himalayan region, and developing countries.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Singapore.