Ministry of Home Affairs (Singapore)

The Ministry of Home Affairs (Abbreviation: MHA; Malay: Kementerian Ehwal Dalam Negeri; Simplified Chinese: 内政部; Traditional Chinese: 內政部; Tamil: உள்துறை அமைச்சு) is a ministry of the Government of Singapore responsible for national security, public safety, civil defence, border control, and immigration. It is also known as the Home Team. It is headed by the Minister for Home Affairs.

Ministry of Home Affairs
Refreshed logo of the MHA

New Phoenix Park, where the Ministry of Home Affairs is located
Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of Singapore
HeadquartersNew Phoenix Park, 28 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329560
1°19′25.91″N 103°50′41.64″E
MottoGuardians of Singapore
Employees28,144 (2018)[1]
Annual budget 6.74 billion (est) SGD (2019)[1]
Ministers responsible
Agency executives
  • Pang Kin Keong[2], Permanent Secretary
  • Chew Hock Yong[3], Permanent Secretary (Home Affairs Development)
  • Raja Kumar s/o Thamby Rajah, Deputy Secretary (International and Training)
  • Puah Kok Keong, Deputy Secretary (Policy)
  • Chan Tsan, Deputy Secretary (Development)
Child agencies


The Ministry of Home Affairs was set up in 1959 when Singapore attained self-governance. Housed at the Empress Place Building, it remained there until 16 September 1963 when Singapore joined Malaysia and internal affairs became a federal responsibility.

After gaining independence on 9 August 1965, Home Affairs returned to Empress Place under the purview of the Ministry of Interior and Defence (MID). MID stayed there for several months before it was re-located to Pearl's Hill (former Lower Barracks of Police).

On 11 August 1970, the Ministry of Interior and Defence was separated into two ministries, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Defence. MHA remained at Pearl's Hill until August 1977 when it moved to Phoenix Park at Tanglin Road.

MHA, together with Police Headquarters, moved to its new premises at New Phoenix Park on 18 August 2001.

Organisational structure

Home Team Departments

The Ministry of Home Affairs consists of the following seven departments:

Statutory Boards


  • Presidential Council for Religious Harmony
  • National Crime Prevention Council
  • National Council Against Drug Abuse
  • National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council


The Ministry is headed by the Minister for Home Affairs, who is appointed as part of the Cabinet of Singapore.

PortraitMinisterStart of TermEnd of TermPolitical Party Ref.
Minister for Home Affairs
Ong Pang Boon3 June 195915 September 1963 People's Action Party
Under the responsibility of the Federation of Malaysia (16 September 1963 – 8 August 1965)
Minister for the Interior and Defence
Goh Keng Swee9 August 196516 August 1967 People's Action Party
Lim Kim San17 August 196710 August 1970
Minister for Home Affairs
Ong Pang Boon11 August 19705 September 1970 People's Action Party
Wong Lin Ken6 September 197015 September 1972
Edmund William Barker16 September 197230 October 1972
Chua Sian Chin1 November 19721 January 1985
S Jayakumar2 January 19851 January 1994
Wong Kan Seng2 January 199431 October 2010
K Shanmugam1 November 201020 May 2011
Teo Chee Hean 21 May 2011 30 September 2015
K Shanmugam 1 October 2015 Incumbent [4][5]


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  4. Ong, Justin (28 September 2015). "Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announces Singapore's new Cabinet". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  5. Mahmud, Aqil Haziq (25 July 2020). "PM Lee announces new Cabinet; 6 office holders promoted, 3 retirements". CNA. Archived from the original on 25 July 2020. Retrieved 25 July 2020.