Lim Hng Kiang (m. 1973)


Lim Hng Kiang was born on 9 April 1954 and is a Singaporean politician. He is a member of the People's Action Party (PAP), and is the country's Minister for Trade and Industry.

Hng was educated at the Raffles Institution in Singapore, before being awarded both a President's Scholarship and a Singapore Armed Forces Scholarship to study at Christ’s College. He came up to Christ’s in 1973 and read engineering. In 1985, Hng was then awarded a scholarship to study for a Master’s degree in Public Administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

His career started with both command and staff appointments in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). Hng was then first elected to Parliament in 1991 as an MP for the Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency. In 1994, he became the Acting Minister for National Development and Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1995, Hgn became the Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs. In 1998, he relinquished the role of Second Minister for Foreign Affairs and became the Second Minister for Finance. In 1999, he became the Minister for Health. He also retained the portfolio of Second Minister for Finance. In 2003, Hgn was made a Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, again retaining the role of Second Minister for Finance. He was made the Minister for Trade and Industry in 2004 and he is also the Deputy Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and a Board Director of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC).

Hgn was the Minister of Health during the 2003 SARS epidemic that swept through the region.

Hgn has two sons, Christopher and Andrew. His wife, Lee Ai Boon, died in April 2014.