Ong Keng Yong

Singapore’s High Commissioner to Malaysia Former Secretary General of ASEAN Secretariat

The importance to regain the momentum of former leadership of 5 ASEAN major


There was this camaraderie that has been developed over the preceding ten years & there were four very important leaders; Mahathir followed by Badawi, Thaksin, Megawati & Lee Hsien Loong from Singapore. These four guys, at the end of the day, they are quite open minded of trading …. so they decided, Well, let’s get together & make the best out of this and this they tried to organize ASEAN in a manner that have never been done before.


About Ong Keng Yong
Ong Keng Yong is Director of the Institute of Policy Studies in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is concurrently Ambassador-At-Large in the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to Iran. He was Secretary-General of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) from January 2003 to January 2008. His diplomatic postings took him to Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and the USA. He was Singapore’s Ambassador to India and Nepal from 1996-1998. He was appointed Press Secretary to the Prime Minister of Singapore and concurrently held senior positions in the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, and the People’s Association in Singapore from 1998-2002. He is a graduate of the University of Singapore and Georgetown University (Washington DC, USA).


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