Mr Chua Chin Kiat, Director of Prisons, will be retiring from service on 8 May 2008 after 35 years of distinguished service with the Public Service. Mr Ng Joo Hee, who is currently the Senior Deputy Director of Prisons, will be appointed as Director of Prisons on 1 November 2007.
2 Prior to his retirement, Mr Chua will be seconded to Aetos Security Management Pte Ltd as its Executive Director on 1 November 2007.
Career history of Mr Chua Chin Kiat and Mr Ng Joo Hee
Mr Chua Chin Kiat
Mr Chua Chin Kiat, aged 54, graduated with a First Class Honours in Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Mathematics) from the University of Aston in 1975 on a President-cum-SAF Scholarship. He joined the Singapore Police Force in 1977.
Since assuming the post of Director of Prisons in 1998, Mr Chua has been instrumental in the dynamic transformation of the Singapore Prisons Service. Challenging mindset and old ways of doing things, his "Captains of Life" vision changed the mindset of Prisons officers from one of being custodians of prisoners to captains of change – to turn offenders into responsible and contributing citizens.
Under his leadership, the Singapore Prison Service introduced several breakthrough initiatives such as the Yellow Ribbon Project, the Community Action for the Rehabilitation of Ex-Offenders (CARE) network, the establishment of Kaki Bukit Centre (KBC) as a Prison School, the introduction of the Rehabilitation Framework for inmates and virtual prison visits. Through his efforts, the Singapore Prison Service is today among the world’s most progressive prison systems with impressive results for their rehabilitation initiatives.
Mr Ng Joo Hee
Mr Ng Joo Hee, aged 41, was a Senior Police Officer who was absorbed into the Administrative Service in 1999. An Overseas Singapore Police Force Scholar, Mr Ng graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Engineering and Economics from the University of Oxford on a SPF Overseas Scholarship in 1988. He obtained a Masters in Business Administration (Accountancy) from the Nanyang Technological University in 1998 and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University in 2001.
Mr Ng has served the Force since 1988. In the course of his career, he has held amongst others, the appointments of Commanding Officer of STAR Unit, Deputy Director (Resource Development) in MTI; Deputy Director (Operations Planning); Commander of Police ‘A’ Division; Deputy Director of Criminal Investigation Department, Director of Police Intelligence Department before being appointed as Senior Deputy Director of Prisons Department on 25 June 2007.