Ministry of Communications and Information

The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI; Malay: Kementerian Perhubungan dan Penerangan; Chinese: 通讯及新闻部; Tamil: தொடர்பு, தகவல் அமைச்சு) is a ministry of the Government of Singapore responsible for overseeing the development of the infocomm technology, cyber security, media sectors, as well as the government’s information and public communication policies. It is also responsible for maintaining the national library, national archives and public libraries.

Ministry of Communications and Information
Agency overview
Formed1 November 2012 (2012-11-01)
Preceding agency
  • Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA)
JurisdictionGovernment of Singapore
Headquarters140 Hill Street #01-01A, Old Hill Street Police Station, Singapore 179369
MottoKnowledge is Meant to be Shared
Employees2,651 (2018)[1]
Annual budgetS$1.04 billion (2019)[1]
Ministers responsible
  • Josephine Teo,
    Minister & Minister-in-charge of Cybersecurity and Smart Nation
  • Janil Puthucheary,
    Senior Minister of State, Minister-in-charge of GovTech
  • Tan Kiat How,
    Senior Minister of State
Agency executives
  • Joseph Leong,
    Permanent Secretary
  • Chng Kai Fong,
    Second Permanent Secretary
  • Janadas Devan,
    Chief of Government Communications
Child agencies
Websitemci.gov.sg

History

The Old Hill Street Police Station is currently the headquarters of the Ministry of Communications and Information

On 5 June 1959, the Ministry of Culture came into being with the swearing-in and appointments of ministers of the new Government of Singapore. On 1 February 1980, the Broadcasting Division of the Ministry of Culture became a statutory board, the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation.

1985 saw the dissolution of the Ministry of Culture. Its Information Division came under the new Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI). Its arts promotion component was assimilated into the Ministry of Community Development (MCD) as the Cultural Affairs Division.

Five years later, on 28 November 1990, the Information Division of the MCI and the Cultural Affairs Division of MCD, together with other associated departments and statutory boards, reunited to form the Ministry of Information and the Arts (MITA).

On 1 September 1991, the Festival of Arts Secretariat, Singapore Cultural Foundation, the Arts Division of MITA, and the National Theatre Trust merged to form the National Arts Council (NAC).

On 1 October 1994, the Singapore Broadcasting Authority (SBA) was formed as a statutory board under MITA to oversee and promote the broadcasting industry in Singapore.

On 23 November 2001, the information and communications technology (ICT) functions under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology came under MITA. The expanded Ministry was renamed the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, but retained the acronym MITA. In that year, Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) became one of MITA's statutory boards.

On 1 January 2003, the Singapore Broadcasting Authority, Singapore Films Commission and Films and Publications Department (previously under the MITA headquarters) merged to form the Media Development Authority (MDA). On 13 August 2004, the Ministry's acronym was changed from "MITA" to "MICA".

On 1 November 2012, MICA was renamed the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI). The move followed the restructuring of two previous ministries – MICA and the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) – into MCI, the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF). REACH (Reaching Everyone for Active Citizenry @ Home) was assimilated into MCI while the resilience, arts and heritage portfolios became part of MCCY. MCI now oversees the development of the information and communications technology, media and design sectors, public libraries, and the Government’s information and public communication policies.[2]

On 18 January 2016, MCI announced that the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Media Development Authority (MDA) will be restructured into two new entities: The Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) and the Government Technology Organisation (GTO) (now Government Technology Agency; GovTech), in the second half of 2016.[3] The new statutory boards were formed on 1 October 2016.

Organisational structure

MCI has two statutory boards, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and the National Library Board (NLB).

MCI also manages the Cyber Security Agency, a national agency overseeing cybersecurity strategy, operations, education, outreach, and ecosystem development and the Personal Data Protection Commission, Singapore's primary data protection authority.

Ministers

The Ministry is headed by the Minister for Communications and Information, who is appointed as part of the Cabinet of Singapore. The incumbent minister is Josephine Teo from the People's Action Party.

PortraitMinisterTerm startTerm end Ref.
Minister for Culture
S. Rajaratnam5 June 195912 August 1965
Othman Wok12 August 196515 April 1968
Jek Yeun Thong16 April 196825 September 1977
Ong Teng Cheong (interim)26 September 19776 January 1981
S. Dhanabalan6 January 19811 January 1985
Minister for Social Affairs
Othman Wok31 December 197630 June 1977
Toh Chin Chye (interim)1 July 19774 September 1977
Ahmad Mattar 6 January 1981 (interim)31 May 1984
1 June 19841 January 1985
S. Dhanabalan19811985
Minister for Communications
Yong Nyuk Lin16 April 196815 September 1972
Lim Kim San1 August 197530 June 1978
Ong Teng Cheong1 July 19786 January 1981
Ong Pang Boon9 May 19836 September 1983
Minister for Communications and Information
Yeo Ning Hong 7 September 1983 (interim)31 May 1984
1 June 198413 September 1988
Minister for Information and the Arts
George Yeo 28 November 1990 (interim)30 June 1991
David Lim Tik En 1 July 19912 June 1999
Lee Yock Suan3 June 199922 November 2001
Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts
David Lim Tik En23 November 2001 (interim)11 May 2003 (interim)
Lee Boon Yang12 May 200331 March 2009
Lui Tuck Yew 1 April 2009 (interim)31 October 2010
1 November 201020 May 2011
Yaacob Ibrahim21 May 201131 October 2012
Minister for Communications and Information
Yaacob Ibrahim1 November 201230 April 2018
S. Iswaran1 May 201814 May 2021
Josephine Teo15 May 2021Incumbent

References

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