|Formed||1 November 2012|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Singapore|
|Headquarters||140 Hill Street #01-01A, Old Hill Street Police Station, Singapore 179369|
|Motto||Knowledge is Meant to be Shared|
|Annual budget||$1.04 billion (est) SGD (2019)|
The Ministry of Communications and Information (Abbreviation: 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. It is in charge of information and communications technology, the media and design sectors, public libraries, as well as the Government's information and public communication policies.
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.
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. The new statutory boards were formed on 1 October 2016.
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.
The MCI is headed by the Minister for Communications and Information, who is appointed as part of the Cabinet of Singapore.
|Portrait||Minister||Start of Term||End of Term||Ref.|
|Minister for Culture|
|S Rajaratnam||5 June 1959||12 August 1965|
|Othman Wok||12 August 1965||15 April 1968|
|Jek Yeun Thong||16 April 1968||25 September 1977|
|Ong Teng Cheong (acting)||26 September 1977||6 January 1981|
|S. Dhanabalan||6 January 1981||1 January 1985|
|Minister for Social Affairs|
|Othman Wok||31 December 1976||30 June 1977|
|Toh Chin Chye(acting)||1 July 1977||4 September 1977|
|Ahmad Mattar||6 January 1981(Acting)||31 May 1984|
|1 June 1984||1 January 1985|
|Minister for Communications|
|Yong Nyuk Lin||16 April 1968||15 September 1972|
|Lim Kim San||1 August 1975||30 June 1978|
|Ong Teng Cheong||1 July 1978||6 January 1981|
|Ong Pang Boon||9 May 1983||6 September 1983|
|Minister for Communications and Information|
|Yeo Ning Hong||7 September 1983 (Acting)||31 May 1984|
|1 June 1984||13 September 1988|
|Minister for Information and the Arts|
|George Yeo||28 November 1990 (Acting)||30 June 1991|
|1 July 1991||2 June 1999|
|Lee Yock Suan||3 June 1999||22 November 2001|
|Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts|
|David Lim Tik En||23 November 2001 (Acting)||11 May 2003 (Acting)|
|Lee Boon Yang||12 May 2003||1 April 2009|
|Lui Tuck Yew||1 April 2009 (Acting)||31 October 2010|
|1 November 2010||20 May 2011|
|Yaacob Ibrahim||21 May 2011||31 October 2012|
|Minister for Communications and Information|
|Yaacob Ibrahim||1 November 2012||30 April 2018|
|S. Iswaran||1 May 2018||14 May 2021|
|Josephine Teo||15 May 2021||Incumbent|
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- "Permanent Secretary Appointment - 28 Jan 2019". Public Service Division. 28 January 2019. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
- Imelda Saad; S. Ramesh (31 July 2012), MCYS, MICA to be restructured to form 3 new ministries, Channel NewsAsia
- "IDA, MDA to be restructured to capitalise on converging media and ICT landscape". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 23 January 2016.