Restructured in 2014, the ACCORD has three sub-Councils under its ambit - an Employer and Business Council (E&B), an Educational Institutions Council (EI), and a Family and Community Council (F&C). The ACCORD Main maintains oversight and synergises the three sub-Councils’ efforts at raising support for National Service and increasing public understanding of the roles of National Servicemen in national defence and Total Defence.

ACCORD also serves as a channel to represent the views of various stakeholder groups on defence matters; and provide MINDEF with feedback and advocate defence policies and programmes.

ACCORD’s proposals

ACCORD submitted 18 proposals to MINDEF in February 2015, aimed at boosting support and recognition for NS. The 18 proposals include initiatives to (a) help ease the transition for servicemen returning to school after full-time NS, (b) encourage community organisations and small businesses to show appreciation for men and women in uniform, (c) strengthen MINDEF’s engagement with women’s organisations, and (d) provide employers and businesses with advance notice of their employees’ In-Camp Training (ICT) call-ups, so that they can plan ahead more effectively. ACCORD also proposed that MINDEF enhances the way it recognises and commends employers, businesses and organisations that go the extra mile to support NS. Click here for more information about the 18 proposals.

By February 2017, all the 18 proposals submitted to MINDEF have been implemented. With the foundation laid by the first term members, the second term members who are appointed in July 2016 are focusing on sustaining the current initiatives, increasing the scale and reach of existing initiatives and exploring new ground-up initiatives.


The ACCORD (Main) is co-chaired by Senior Minister of State for Defence Mr Heng Chee How and Senior Minister of State for Defence and Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman. The members comprises the co-chairpersons from the sub-Councils, Executive Chairman of Asia Resource Corporation Mr Tony Chew and Senior Vice-president of Banyan Tree Ms Claire Chiang, Senior Minister of State for Trade, Industry and Education Mr Chee Hong Tat and the following representatives from various sectors of society:   

  • Mr Heng Chee How

    Senior Minister of State

    Ministry of Defence

    Co-Chairman ACCORD

    Co-Chairperson of ACCORD (E&B) and ACCORD (EI)

  • Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman

    Senior Minister of State

    Ministry of Defence & Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Co-Chairman ACCORD

    Co-Chairperson of ACCORD (F&C)

  • Mr Chee Hong Tat

    Senior Minister of State

    Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Education

    Co-Chairperson of ACCORD (EI)

  • Mr Tony Chew Leong Chee

    Executive Chairman

    Asia Resource Corporation

    Co-Chairperson of ACCORD (E&B)

  • Ms Claire Chiang

    Senior Vice President

    Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd

    Co-Chairperson of ACCORD (F&C)

  • Ms Sylvia Lim

    Member of Parliament

    Aljunied GRC

  • Mr Henry Kwek

    Member of Parliament

    Nee Soon GRC

  • Ms Rahayu Mahzam

    Member of Parliament

    Jurong GRC

  • Mr Chris Edwards

    Head of College

    United World College of South East Asia

  • Mr David Boey

    Defence Blogger

    Deputy Director

    Corporate Communications SMRT Corporation

  • Mr David Chua

    Chief Executive Office

    National Youth Council

  • Mr Douglas Foo


    Singapore Manufacturing Federation

  • Mr Edward Leong

    Chief Executive Officer

    SAFRA National Service Association

  • Mr Ignatius Low

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Singapore Press Holdings

  • BG (NS) Ishak Ismail

    Regional Director (APAC)

    BAE Systems Hägglunds AB

  • Ms Jeanie Tan

    Group Director (Partnership)

    People's Association

  • Ms Joanna Portilla


    People's Association

    Women's Integration Network Council

  • Mr Letchumanan Narayanan

    Director (Resilience and Engagement Division)

    Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth

  • Ms Liew Wei Li

    Deputy Director-General Education (Schools)

    Director of Schools

    Ministry of Education

  • Mr Ng Chin Hwee

    Executive Vice President (HR & Operations)

    Singapore Airlines Limited

  • Mr Peter Lam Kok Wai

    Principal and Chief Executive Office

    Temasek Polytechnic

  • Mr Roland Ng


    Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry

  • Prof Tan Eng Chye


    National University of Singapore

  • Mr Tan Hee Teck

    Chief Executive Officer

    Resorts World at Sentosa Pte Ltd

  • Mr Teo Siong Seng


    Singapore Business Federation

  • Mr Wee Chorng Kien Kurt


    Association of Small & Medium Enterprise

  • Dr Yek Tiew Ming


    ITE College East

  • Ms Yeung Shuk Lin

    Chief Editor (Singapore News)

    Mediacorp Pte Ltd