Lim Hng Kiang

Seasoned MTI chief most at ease talking trade

Mr Lim Hng Kiang signing the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership deal in Santiago, Chile, in March. The 64-year-old has helmed MTI for 14 years, through upheavals like the 2008 financial crisis and the ongoing economic restructuring.
Mr Lim Hng Kiang signing the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership deal in Santiago, Chile, in March. The 64-year-old has helmed MTI for 14 years, through upheavals like the 2008 financial crisis and the ongoing economic restructuring.PHOTO: REUTERS
With Kampong Ubi residents in 1999.
With Kampong Ubi residents in 1999. SHIN MIN FILE PHOTO

Mr Lim Hng Kiang, the minister in charge of the trade portfolio, is a man of few words, a trait probably developed after a controversial remark he made in Parliament in 2001.

Mr Lim, who was then Health Minister, was asked by MP Lily Neo if more could be done to make it easier for women to go for breast cancer screening. While sympathising with women who want screening, he also said: "Save on one hairdo and use the money for breast cancer screening."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 28, 2018, with the headline 'Seasoned MTI chief most at ease talking trade'. Subscribe