LTA chief to oversee Municipal Services Office; PUB head to helm LTA from October

LTA chief executive Chew Hock Yong (left) will be will become second permanent secretary, Ministry of National Development, from Oct 1, and will oversee the Municipal Services Office. He will be replaced at LTA by PUB head Chew Men Leong. -- PHOTOS:
LTA chief executive Chew Hock Yong (left) will be will become second permanent secretary, Ministry of National Development, from Oct 1, and will oversee the Municipal Services Office. He will be replaced at LTA by PUB head Chew Men Leong. -- PHOTOS: LTA/PUB

SINGAPORE - Land Transport Authority chief executive Chew Hock Yong, 49, will become second permanent secretary, Ministry of National Development, from Oct 1.

He will oversee the Municipal Services Office announced by the Prime Minister at the National Day Rally recently, and will also be closely involved in the MND's strategic and land planning, and housing portfolios.

During his tenure at the LTA, several significant infrastructural projects and policy changes were implemented. These include the commissioning of the Circle Line, Downtown Line 1 and Marina Coastal Expressway. Under his leadership, LTA also introduced the Bus Service Enhancement Programme, the Bus Service Reliability Framework and the Taxi Availability Framework. He also helped in formulating and introducing the new bus contracting framework - which paves the way for more direct government subsidies for public bus services.

Head of water agency, the Public Utilities Board, and former navy chief Chew Men Leong, 46, will helm the Land Transport Authority from Oct 1. Mr Chew Men Leong has been chief executive of the PUB from December 2011. Before that, he served 25 years in the Singapore Armed Forces, and was Chief of Navy from August 2007 to March 2011.