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MSE exec Ong Tze-Ch’in is new Singapore water agency chief executive

He will take the helm starting November 2023.

Ong Tze-Ch’in was appointed as the new chief executive of Public Utility Board, Singapore’s National Water Agency, which begins on 1 November 2023, according to the Singapore Ministry of Sustainability and Environment (MSE).

In a statement, MSE said Ong will succeed Goh Si Hou, who will be taking on another senior leadership appointment in public service. But Ong will continue to hold his post as deputy secretary (Resilience) in the MSE.

In his post at MSE, Ong manages food and water policies, global relations, communications and engagement, and emergency planning. 

Before MSE, he was Chief Executive of SkillsFuture Singapore and concurrent Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Director of Military Intelligence / Chief C4I, and Commander of the 3rd Singapore Division in the Singapore Armed Forces. 

Goh was appointed as head of PUB in 2022, where he set long-term strategies to boost water security and climate resilience in the city-state. Amongst his notable works are developing the Water Masterplan, which tackles the long-term infrastructure plans to ensure water security. 

These will expand water resources, manage demand growth, and green PUB operations, which will move Singapore to a sustainable water future.

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