Ong Ye Kung

Ong Ye Kung

Minister for Health, Republic of Singapore

Ong Ye Kung is Singapore's Minister for Health. He was previously Minister for Transport, Minister for Education, and Second Minister for Defence. Prior to joining politics, he held various positions in government, including chief executive officer of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency, and deputy chief negotiator for the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. He served several years in the labour movement, as the deputy secretary-general of the National Trades Union Congress, and spent some time in the private sector, as the director of group strategy at Keppel Corporation.

Gaming fans react as they watch a big screen showing the League of Legends World Championship 2023 final between South Korean's T1 and China's Weibo Gaming, at the Communication University of China in Beijing, China, on 19 November 2023. (Pedro Pardo/AFP)

Youths of today stand at a pivotal moment in history: Singapore's Health Minister Ong Ye Kung in Beijing

Singapore's Health Minister Ong Ye Kung delivered the keynote speech entitled "Youths – Bridge Between East and West, Pivot Between Present and Future" at the Lianhe Zaobao Singapore-China Forum 2023 held in Beijing on 21 November. He spoke about issues affecting the youths of today — whether in China or Singapore — noting that while they have big issues to tackle, they still have much to look forward to in this pivotal moment in history. This is the English version of his keynote address delivered in Mandarin.