SINGAPORE - Group chief executive officer of Alexandra Health System, Mr Liak Teng Lit, will be taking over as Chairman of the Board of Directors at the National Environment Agency (NEA) with effect from April 1.
Mr Liak joined the NEA Board on Jan 1, 2014 as the Deputy Chairman. According to a statement from NEA, Mr Liak is an avid environmentalist and a champion for a clean and green Singapore.
He is also the Chairman of the Public Hygiene Council and led the launch of the Keep Singapore Clean Movement in Sept 2012 to raise awareness on the state of cleanliness in Singapore.
Mr Liak takes over current chairman Ms Chew Gek Khim, who has served on the NEA Board since 2008 and was instrumental in NEA's role in the upgrading of existing hawker centres.
She had set up the Department of Public Cleanliness in 2012 and helped to galvanise the industry associatoins and companie to collaborate with NEA on waste minimisation and recycling efforts.
Ms Chew also saw the implementation of higher standards for fuel quality and vehicle emission to reduce air pollution.
Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources Choi Shing Kwok extended his "deepest appreciation to Ms Chew for her leadership and valuable contributions to NEA over the past seven years"
"She has guided the organisation well and the development of NEA has benefited greatly from her insights and perspectives. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours," said Mr Choi.
Three new members will also be appointed to the NEA Board from April 1: Lianhe Wanbao editor Lee Huay Leng, senior vice president of Vasantham Channel Dr Chitra Rajaram, and CEO of National Council of Social Service Sim Gim Guan.