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.
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New Phoenix Park, where the Ministry of Home Affairs is located
|Jurisdiction||Government of Singapore|
|Headquarters||New Phoenix Park, 28 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329560|
|Motto||Guardians of Singapore|
|Annual budget||6.74 billion (est) SGD (2019)|
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.
Home Team Departments
The Ministry of Home Affairs consists of the following seven departments:
- Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA)
- Home Team Science and Technology Agency (HTX)
- Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE)
- 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.
|Portrait||Minister||Start of Term||End of Term||Political Party||Ref.|
|Minister for Home Affairs|
|Ong Pang Boon||3 June 1959||15 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 Swee||9 August 1965||16 August 1967||People's Action Party|
|Lim Kim San||17 August 1967||10 August 1970|
|Minister for Home Affairs|
|Ong Pang Boon||11 August 1970||5 September 1970||People's Action Party|
|Wong Lin Ken||6 September 1970||15 September 1972|
|Edmund William Barker||16 September 1972||30 October 1972|
|Chua Sian Chin||1 November 1972||1 January 1985|
|S Jayakumar||2 January 1985||1 January 1994|
|Wong Kan Seng||2 January 1994||31 October 2010|
|K Shanmugam||1 November 2010||20 May 2011|
|Teo Chee Hean||21 May 2011||30 September 2015|
|K Shanmugam||1 October 2015||Incumbent|
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