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The Security and Intelligence Division (Abbreviation: SID; simplified Chinese: 安全情报pinyin: Ānquányúqíngbàojú)[1] is an external intelligence agency of the Ministry of Defence of Singapore responsible for gathering and analysing intelligence related to the external security of Singapore.

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The Security and Intelligence Division shares a similar background to its domestic counterpart, the Internal Security Department. The primary intelligence organ since the colonial era was the Malaysian Special Branch. With the independence of Singapore, the Ministry of Interior and Defence was directed to reorganize and consolidate all intelligence capabilities in January 1966. SID was subsequently established in February 1966 with Mr Tay Seow Huah being appointed as its first Director.

Directors

From To Name
February 1966 1971 Tay Seow Huah
1971 1979 Sellapan Ramanathan (S.R. Nathan)
1979 1994 Eddie Teo (张赞成)
1994 14 March 2005 BG Choi Shing Kwok (蔡承国)
15 March 2005 Present BG Chee Wee Kiong

Mr Eddie Teo was also concurrent Director of ISD from 1982 to 1986.

In 1974, Director Nathan led a negotiation team to help resolve the Laju hostage crisis. He later became the President of Singapore.[2]

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