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May 23, 2000

Appointment of Singapore's High Commissioner to New Zealand, Singapore's High Commissioner to Australia and Singapore's Ambassador to Cambodia

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS PRESS STATEMENT

APPOINTMENT OF SINGAPORE'S HIGH COMMISSIONER TO
NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE'S HIGH COMMISSIONER TO AUSTRALIA AND SINGAPORE'S AMBASSADOR TO CAMBODIA

The Government has appointed three career diplomats as Singapore's next High Commissioner to New Zealand, High Commissioner to Australia and Ambassador to Cambodia.

Mr Tan Keng Jin, 60, has been appointed as Singapore's High Commissioner to New Zealand with effect from 5 June 2000. Prior to this, Mr Tan was Chief of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr Tan joined the Ministry in August 1971 and served as Singapore's Ambassador to Egypt from 1986 to 1990 and Singapore's High Commissioner to Brunei from 1990 to 1994. Mr Tan was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1981 and the Long Service Medal in 1999.

Mr Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, 40, will assume his post as High Commissioner to Australia on 3 July 2000. Prior to this, he was Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta. He joined the Ministry in 1984 and had served at the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta as First Secretary from 1987 to 1991, and as Director of the Ministry's Policy Planning & Analysis (PPA) Directorate I (South East Asia) from 1994 to 1996.

Mr Verghese Mathews, 60, has been appointed as Singapore's next Ambassador to Cambodia with effect from 3 July 2000. Prior to this, he was Director of Consular Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr Mathews joined the Ministry in May 1968 and has served at the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore Embassy in Jakarta, Singapore Embassy in Bangkok, the Singapore Consulate in Johannesburg and the Singapore High Commission in Pretoria. Mr Mathews was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 1980, the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1987 and the Long Service Medal in 1994.

The resumes of Messrs Tan, Mirpuri and Mathews are attached.

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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
23 MAY 2000

RESUMES

Mr Tan Keng Jin

Mr Tan Keng Jin was born on 13 September 1939. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and Biochemistry from the then University of Singapore in 1962.

Mr Tan joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in August 1971. He served as First Secretary (Commercial) in the Singapore High Commission in London from 1971 to 1973 and as Deputy Permanent Representative at the Singapore Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva from 1973 to 1977. Mr Tan was appointed as Singapore Ambassador to Egypt from 1986 to 1990 and subsequently, Singapore High Commissioner to Brunei from 1990 to 1994. He was the Director of Protocol & Consular Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1977 to 1982 and the Director of ASEAN Division from 1982 to 1986. In 1994, Mr Tan was appointed as the Director of Information Management & Research Directorate. He remained in that position until his appointment as Chief of Protocol on 29 May 1995.

Mr Tan was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1981. He was also awarded the Order of Bernardo O'Higgins in the Rank of Grand Official by the President of Chile in 1998. He was also awarded the Long Service Medal, a National Day Award in 1999.

Mr Tan is married to Mdm Tan Lee Koon. They have two daughters.

Mr Ashok Kumar Mirpuri

Mr Ashok Kumar Mirpuri was born on 13 Dec 1959. He graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours, 2nd Class Upper) degree in Political Science from the National University of Singapore in 1984. He received his Master of Arts at the University of London's School of Oriental & African Studies in 1992 under a Raffles Scholarship. In 1996, he attended the Programme for Executive Development at the Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Mr Mirpuri joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in May 1984. He was posted to the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta as First Secretary (Political) from 1987 to 1991. Mr Mirpuri subsequently served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Policy Planning & Analysis Directorate I (South East Asia) from 1992 and was appointed Director in 1994. In 1997, Mr Mirpuri was seconded to Shell International Ltd in the United Kingdom as Corporate Advisor (Asia Pacific). He assumed the post of Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta in March 1998.

Mr Mirpuri is married to Ms Gouri Uppal. They have a daughter and a son.

Mr Verghese Mathews

Mr Verghese Mathews was born on 23 December 1939. Mr Mathews was Director of Consular Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 8 Apr 1997 to 2 May 2000.

Mr Mathews joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in May 1968. He was posted to the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur as Attache from 1968 to 1972 and Third Secretary from 1973 to 1975. He again served as its First Secretary from 1983 to 1992. Mr Mathews had also served at the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta from 1972 to 1973 and at the Singapore Embassy in Bangkok from 1977 to 1983. Mr Mathews was appointed as Consul of the Singapore Consulate in Johannesburg from 1992 to 1995 and subsequently as Minister-Counsellor of the Singapore High Commission in Pretoria from 1995 to 1997.

Mr Mathews was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 1980, the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1987 and the Long Service Medal in 1994.

Mr Mathews is married with two children.