New chairman for Casino Regulatory Authority named

 Mr Tan Tee How will be replacing Mr Lee Tzu Yang, who played a pivotal role in steering CRA towards regulatory excellence, and in enhancing its reputation as an effective casino regulator.
Mr Tan Tee How will be replacing Mr Lee Tzu Yang, who played a pivotal role in steering CRA towards regulatory excellence, and in enhancing its reputation as an effective casino regulator.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Mr Tan Tee How, the deputy chairman of the Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA), will take over as chairman from April 2.

Mr Tan will be replacing Mr Lee Tzu Yang, 63, who was chairman for the past three years.

Mr Lee played a pivotal role in steering CRA towards regulatory excellence, and in enhancing its reputation as an effective casino regulator, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in a statement on Wednesday (March 28).

Mr Lee worked in Shell in Singapore for over 35 years, rising to be its chairman, and chaired the Workplace Safety and Health Council for eight years since 2008. The council said he was instrumental in raising workplace safety and health standards.

He is also chairman of Singapore University of Technology and Design, and a former chairman of the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore.

Mr Tan, 59, who has been in the administrative service for 34 years, became commissioner and chief executive officer of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (Iras) in December 2014.

As head of Iras, he relied on technology to reduce the cost of tax administration, and also led efforts to better understand and meet the needs of taxpayers.

Mr Tan had previously held other key appointments, including Controller of Immigration at MHA, and principal private secretary to then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong. He was permanent secretary of MHA from 2011 to 2014.

Mr K. Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Law, on Wednesday praised Mr Lee for his "valuable contributions" over the past three years.

"He had guided CRA in its efforts to further strengthen Singapore's casino regulatory regime and forge closer ties with international partners. Under his leadership, CRA has enhanced its standing as an effective and robust regulator," said Mr Shanmugam.

Correction note: In an earlier version of the story, we said that Mr Lee Tzu Yang is the acting chairman of Singapore University of Technology and Design and the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore. He is in fact the current chairman of the former, and a former chairman of the latter. We are sorry for the error.