Singapore Cabinet and Malaysia’s Cabinet (Leaders)

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This is what I read in a forwarded email… The ones in bold are Singapore’s leaders.

PM Lee Hsien Loong
Cambridge University – First Class Honours (1974)
Harvard University – Masters (1980)

PM Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi
University  of Malaya  - Bachelor of Arts Honours (1964)

SM Goh Chok Tong
University of Singapore – First Class Honours (1964)
Williams College , USA – Masters (1967)

Deputy PM Dato’ Sri Najib Razak
University  of Nottingham  - Bachelor of Arts Honours (1974)

MM Lee Kuan Yew
Cambridge University – First Class Honours (1949)

Minister of Foregn Affairs Syed Hamid Albar
(can someone tell me his univeristy? )- Bachelor of Arts [ UITM ]

Minister for Law Prof. S Jayakumar
University of Singapore – Bachelor of Law Honours (1963)
Yale Univerity – Masters (1966)

Ministry of Works- Dato’ Seri Samy Vellu
(Education Unknown) [ Form 6, Anderson School ]

Minister for Home Affairs Wong Kan Seng
University of Singapore – Bachelor of Arts & Business Admin (1977)
London Business School – Masters (1979)

Ministry of International Trade & Industry Rafidah binti Aziz
Universiti Malaya – Bachelor of Arts Honours

Minister for Foreign Affairs BG George Yeo
Cambridge University – Double First Class Honours (1976)
Harvard Business School – MBA w/ Distinction (1985)

Minister of Agriculture Muhyiddin Yassin
(Education Unknown) [ Polytechnic Ungku Omar ]

Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang
Cambridge University – First Class Honours w/ Distinction (1976)
Harvard University – Masters (1986)

Ministry of Domestic Trade Shafie Apdal
(Education Unknown) [ Form 5, Failed English ]

Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean
University of Manchester – First Class Honours (1976)
Imperial College, London – Masters w/ Distinction (1977)

Minister of Education Hishammuddin Hussein
(Education Unknown) [ Bachelor of Arts, Social Science ]

Minister for Education Tharman Shanmugaratnam
London School of Economics – Bachelor of Arts
Cambridge University – Masters
Harvard University – Masters

Minister of Home Affairs Radzi bin Sheikh Ahmad
(Education Unknown) [ Kolej Islam Malaysia , Diploma  ]

P.S I am not trying to bring about any message. Just to share with you what I read. (I am a Malaysian and I am proud of my country!)

  • PAP

    You can’t compare first world to second/third world country. Singapore ministers are paid the highest in the whole world, with an average of S$3 million annually. If you want good ministers, then you have to pay them that.

  • Dudelee

    The post is misleading. Bad research and lazy research too. Obviously the researcher just put more effort on researching on the Singapore’s Minister’s Cabinet than the Malaysian Cabinet. When he wrote Minister of Agriculture Muhyiddin Yassin (Education Unknown), nowdoes this means that the minister doesn’t have an education or that the writer of this post just don’t know about it because he is lazy to research or can’t find it on the net? Did he go to the government office itself and ask?

    Also, there are Singaporean Cabinet Ministers like PM Lee Hsien Loong and some others in which the writer do not state what courses they took at places like Cambridge or Williams College USA? I mean, you can also take women’s studies there, which is pretty easy. It’s not just the name of the university that matters, but what you study there also matters.

    Another misleading info written here is that the Malaysian cabinet is consists of only Malays while Singapore cabinet is the one that is multiracial, when Malaysia has so many parties that consists of many people from different races. Where’s Ong Ka Ting? Again, if the writer really neutral in doing this comparison, if he would research more on the Malaysian Cabinet.

    For the person who wrote this, I think you can leave the country now. I mean, you’re not even happy with it right? Get out, what are you still doing here (if you are still here), wanna suck up on Malaysia’s resources to survive? You know you need that haha

    • Boring~

      You want others to get out from the country?
      Why don’t you get out from his blog ~_~

  • QuaChee

    Hi there. Thought you should have compared apple-to-apple, ie position to position. That would give a clearer picture.

    Anyway, good research. I did another type of comparison on my blog as well, but not on their education, but more on the different posts.

  • anon

    While I abhor the incompetence Malaysian ministers exhibit, I do feel compelled to point out that some of the education backgrounds of Malaysian ministers you listed are false; that the University of Malaya was once a wreath worn with honour (e.g. your beloved Ngiam Tong Dow); that the cream of the Malay crop do not enter politics; and that the PAP (unlike UMNO, and other political parties in the free world) goes around begging corporate figureheads/top talent to join their ranks in the same manner as does the Communist Party of China.

    This comparison is as meaningless as it is patently stupid.

    • zhou

      True. Singapore “begs” good people to joint politics because if values good people. Good people bring good to the people. How successful can Malaysia be, I wonder, at getting the good people to join the government, even if they beg. The comparison does throw some light on the kind of calibre on the Malaysian government.

      There is no need to “burst you seams” are become defensive. Just look at what Singapore has achieve and what Malaysia has, given its resources.

  • JH

    For M’sia cabinet ministers, u didn’t include the Ministers of Chinese ethnicity, it is misleading

  • Hecate

    This is from The Cabinet website, which has a link to Wong Kan Seng’s CV. I think the email might be a bit misleading in mentioning that he graduated with a Degree in Arts and Biz Admin. What he really did graduate with was a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Diploma in Business Admin.

    Link here:

  • paul

    Did Wong Kan Seng become the first Singaporean to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts and Business Administration??? Does that violate Singapore’s “one bite of the cherry” policy for undergraduate subsidized education???

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