Yu-Foo Yee Shoon


Yu-Foo Yee Shoon (b. 17 February 1950, Singapore - ), a Hainanese, became the first woman to be appointed mayor in Singapore. She was made mayor on 31 March 2001. She had been involved in politics as a Member of Parliament since 1984, making her one of the longest serving women politicians in the male-dominated parliament. Her favourite causes are inevitably those relating to the struggles of local women.

Her early education was at Nanyang Girls' High School.
1971 : Bachelor of Commerce from Nanyang University.
1996 : Master of Business from Nanyang Technological University.

1971 : Held numerous posts in National Trade Union Congress.

Political career
1984 - 1996 : Member of Parliament for Yuhua.
1993 - 1997 : Chairman, Government Parliamentary Committee for Community Development.
1996 : Member of Parliament for Bukit Timah Group Representation Constituency.
1997 - Jul 1999 : Chairman, Government Parliamentary Committee for Manpower.
1999 : Vice-Chairman, People's Action Party Women's Wing Executive Committee.
3 Jun 1999 : Senior Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Community Development.
31 Mar 2002 : Mayor of the Southwest Community Development Council.

1992 : Rochdale Award from the Singapore National Co-operative Federation.
1995 : Woman of the Year Award

Father: Immigrant from China and worked as a principal.
Husband: Yu Lee Wu, an engineering lecturer.
Children: Three.

Reading and gardening


Jenny Tien Mui Mun

Who's Who Publishing. (2000). Who's who in Singapore (p 305).Singapore: Who's Who Publishing.
(Call no.: SING 920.05957 WWS)

Ministry of Culture. (1977).
Biographical notes of the President, Prime Minister and ministers. Singapore: Publicity Division, Ministry of Culture.
(Call no.: RSING 328.59570922 BIO)

Boo, K. (2001, March 7). Mrs Yu-Foo becomes Spores 1st woman mayor.
The Straits Times, p. 1.

Koh, B. S. (1996, March 8). Service before self even in an age of cynicism.
The Straits Times, Life!, pp. 1-2.

Further readings

Pandian, H. (1993, March 8). A caring fighter - women and politics in Singapore. The Straits Times, Life! p. 3. 

The information in this article is valid as at 2003 and correct as far as we can ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic.

Women politicians--Singapore--Biography
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Women mayors--Singapore--Biography
Yu-Foo, Yee Shoon, 1950-
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