SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Transport (MOT) on Monday (Nov 28) announced that Mr Niam Chiang Meng will be appointed chairman of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) with effect from Dec 16.
In a media release, MOT said Mr Niam will take over from Mr Lucien Wong, who will step down as MPA's chairman on Dec 15, as he assumes office as Deputy Attorney-General from Dec 19, before taking over as Attorney-General.
Mr Wong has served as chairman of MPA since February 2009, after joining the MPA Board in November 2007, and was appointed as deputy chairman in September 2008.
"Under Mr Wong’s leadership, MPA has strengthened Singapore’s position as a major hub port and international maritime centre," MOT said. "The Ministry of Transport would like to put on record its appreciation to Mr Wong for his many years of dedicated and distinguished service to the MPA and wish him all the best in his new appointment."
Mr Niam has been the MPA's deputy chairman since Jul 1 this year, MOT said, adding that he retired from the Administrative Service on Aug 1, 2016, after serving in the public sector for 33 years.
Before his retirement as the Permanent Secretary to the National Population and Talent Division and National Climate Change Secretariat, Mr Niam was CEO of the Housing and Development Board and Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Communications and Information, Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and Ministry of Law.
"Mr Niam’s strong public sector leadership experience will greatly benefit MPA, including in cementing Singapore’s position as a global hub port and a leading international maritime centre," MOT said.