New Commissioner of Prisons to be appointed on Oct 1

Mr Desmond Chin Kim Tham (right) will take over from incumbent Mr Soh Wai Wah as Commissioner of Prisons.
Mr Desmond Chin Kim Tham (right) will take over from incumbent Mr Soh Wai Wah as Commissioner of Prisons. PHOTOS: MHA

SINGAPORE - A new Commissioner of Prisons will be appointed from Oct 1, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced in a press release on Friday (July 15).

Mr Desmond Chin Kim Tham, the current Deputy Commissioner of Prisons, will take over from incumbent Mr Soh Wai Wah.

Mr Soh, 52, is set to be appointed as principal and CEO of Singapore Polytechnic.

A 34-year Home Team veteran who began his career in the Singapore Police Force, Mr Soh assumed the post of Commissioner in 2010.

Under his watch, he led the significant enhancement of the Singapore Prison Service's (SPS) capabilities and effectiveness, MHA said.

He was responsible for launching the nationwide Yellow Ribbon Community Project, which mobilises grassroots volunteers to help the families of those incarcerated, and also set up the Community Rehabilitation Centre for young first-time drug abusers.

Mr Chin, 50, joined the SPS in 1990 and has held several appointments, among them Superintendent of then Changi Prison, and also served in the MHA in various roles.