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Media Statement by the Singapore National Employers Federation on the resignation of the Federation’s President

11 June 2024

SNEF today announced that Dr Robert Yap Chin Kok is stepping down from his role as President of the Federation and Council member. The Council thanks Dr Yap for his 10 years of leadership of SNEF.

The Council was informed of a governance procedural lapse during a routine internal review. The Council promptly engaged an external consultant to conduct a thorough review of our internal processes. The Council holds itself and the Management to the highest standards of governance.

The independent review is currently underway. At this point, the Council is not aware of any financial implications arising from this lapse.

The Council takes seriously the Federation’s responsibility in upholding governance ideals expected by all our stakeholders and will be directly overseeing this independent review.

The Council will continue building on the strengths of the Federation, working closely with all employers, members and partners to advance tripartism and enhance labour market flexibility for employers to implement responsible employment practices in Singapore.
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Appendix: Statement by Dr Robert Yap Chin Kok
It has been my honour to serve SNEF over the past decade. I thank the SNEF Council, SNEF members and tripartite stakeholders for their years of support. I have worked hard to advance the interests of my members and tripartism in Singapore. It is never easy but I have done what I can. It is also time to hand over the reigns of leadership.

I understand the Council’s decision to engage an external consultant to pursue an independent review. It is always good to review governance procedures so that organisations can continue to improve and learn from any organisational weaknesses.

I wish SNEF the very best and I remain committed to tripartism in Singapore.

About Singapore National Employers Federation
The Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) is a trade union of employers. Our mission is to advance tripartism and enhance labour market flexibility to enable employers to implement responsible employment practices for sustainable growth. SNEF has a membership of over 3,600 companies with a combined workforce of over 855,000. For more information, please visit