Council of Presidential Advisers

Role of the Council

President Halimah Yacob and the CPA during a visit to GIC in October 2017 

The Constitution of Singapore was amended in 1991 to give the Elected President custodial powers to safeguard Singapore’s past reserves and the integrity of the public service. The Constitution provided for the Council of Presidential Advisers (CPA) to advise the President in the exercise of these custodial powers. It is obligatory for the President to consult the CPA when exercising the discretionary powers related to all fiscal and appointment-related matters.

8 Members
  • 3 appointed at the discretion of the President
  • 3 nominated by the Prime Minister
  • 1 nominated by the Chief Justice
  • 1 nominated by the Chairman, Public Service Commission (PSC)
2 Alternate Members
  • 1 appointed at the discretion of the President
  • 1 appointed by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister, in consultation with the Chief Justice and Chairman, PSC

Top Photo: President Halimah Yacob and Mr Mohamed with CPA Chairman, Members and Alternate Members. Not in picture: Mr Goh Joon Seng, Mr Bobby Chin Yoke Choong and Mr Bahren Shaari.  

 

Appointing a CPA Member

CPA membership is drawn into three divisions. Each member's appointment expires every sixth year.

The three divisions are staggered so that every two years, all seats in a division will expire at the same time. If a seat is prematurely vacated, the term of the replacement member will have the same expiry date as that of the member he replaces, so as to preserve the staggering.

1st Division
  • A member appointed at the discretion of the President
  • A member appointed on the Prime Minister's advice
  • A member appointed on the Chief Justice's advice 
2nd Division
  • A member appointed at the discretion of the President
  • A member appointed on the Prime Minister's advice
  • A member appointed on the PSC Chairman's advice 
3rd Division
  • A member appointed at the discretion of the President
  • A member appointed on the Prime Minister's advice 
 

Current CPA Members

Current CPA Members

The current Chairman of the CPA is Mr Eddie Teo.

Members: Mr S Dhanabalan, Mr Po'ad Bin Shaik Abu Bakar Mattar, Mr Goh Joon Seng, Mr Bobby Chin Yoke Choong, Mr Lim Chee Onn, Mr Stephen Lee Ching Yen and Mr Chua Thian Poh.

Alternate members: Mr Bahren Shaari and Ms Chua Sock Koong.

The Chairman of the CPA also exercises the functions of the Office of the President in the absence of the President. If he is unavailable, this duty falls on the Speaker of Parliament.

 

Biographies of CPA Members

Tenure in CPA Tenure as Alternate Member*
1 Mr Eddie Teo (Chairman) Since Aug 2018
-
2 Mr S Dhanabalan Since Jan 2004 -
3 Mr Po'ad Bin Shaik Abu Bakar Mattar Since Jan 2007 -
4 Mr Goh Joon Seng Since Jan 2008 -
5 Mr Bobby Chin Yoke Choong Since Jan 2010 -
6 Mr Lim Chee Onn Since Apr 2017 Jan 2008 to Mar 2017
7 Mr Stephen Lee Ching Yen Since Apr 2017 Jan 2008 to Mar 2017
8 Mr Chua Thian Poh Since Jan 2019 Apr 2017 to Jan 2019
9 Mr Bahren Shaari
- Since Apr 2017
10 Ms Chua Sock Koong
- Since Jan 2019

*Alternate Members were introduced in 2008

CPA proceedings are private. The CPA may ask public officers to furnish information. Should any public officer appear before the CPA, the officer is prohibited from disclosing the discussions.

 

Past CPA Members

Name / Appointment Tenure
1 Mr Lim Kim San / Chairman Jan 1992 to Jan 2004
2 Dr Michael Fam Yue Onn / Member Jan 1992 to Jan 2004
3 Dr Cheong Siew Keong / Member Jan 1992 to Jan 2008
4 Mr Ridzwan bin Haji Dzafir / Member Jan 1992 to Jan 2007
5 Mr Lee Seng Wee / Member Jan 1992 to Jan 2001
6 Dr Ee Peng Liang / Member July 1992 to Aug 1994
7 Mr Teo Cheng Guan / Member Nov 1994 to May 2002
8 Mr Sim Kee Boon Jan 1997 to Jan 2004 (Member)
Jan 2004 to Sep 2005 (Chairman)
Sep 2005 to Jan 2007 (Member)
9 Prof Cham Tao Soon / Member Jan 2004 to Jan 2010
10 Mr Yong Pung How / Member Jan 2007 to Jan 2013
11 Mr Lee Tzu Yang / Member Jan 2013 to Aug 2018
 12 Mr J Y Pillay  Jan 2001 to Sep 2005 (Member) 
Sep 2005 to Jan 2019 (Chairman)

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