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Singapore Cabinet Reshuffle: Younger Leaders Helm More Ministries

4/24/2018 5:40:25 PM
written By : Team India Se Print

Three of Singapore’s veteran ministers will be retiring in a major Cabinet reshuffle which will see younger fourth-generation leaders taking charge of 10 of the 16 ministries.

In the changes made by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong , one of the three men seen as his  potential successor, Mr Chan Chun Sing, will be appointed Minister for Trade and Industry. He will give up the post of Minister in the Prime Minister’s office.  The two others, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat and Education Minister Ong Ye Kung, will be staying on in their existing roles but with expanded responsibilities, according to a press statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office on April 24.

The three outgoing ministers are Mr Lim Hng Kiang, who will step down as Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade). Mr Lim Swee Say, who will cease to be Minister for Manpower, and Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, who will give up the post of Minister for Communications and Information.

Mr S Iswaran, currently Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry), will be appointed Minister for Communications and Information. He will continue in the Ministry of Trade and Industry but be redesignated Minister‐in‐charge of Trade Relations.

Mrs Josephine Teo will be appointed Minister for Manpower. She will continue as Second Minister for Home Affairs, but will relinquish her appointment in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Ms Indranee Rajah, 55, currently a senior minister of state, will be promoted to full minister. She will be appointed Minister in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and be second minister in finance and education.

Mr Ong Ye Kung, currently Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) will be redesignated Minister for Education and be responsible for the whole ministry. He will relinquish his appointment as Second Minister for Defence.

Mr Ng Chee Meng will be appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office. He will relinquish his appointments as Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport.

Besides Ms Rajah, two others are being promoted.

Mr Baey Yam Keng will be promoted to Senior Parliamentary Secretary. He will hold a new appointment in the Ministry of Transport and will continue in the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.

Mr Amrin Amin will be promoted to Senior Parliamentary Secretary. He will continue in both the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Other changes

Mr Heng Chee How will be appointed Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence. He will relinquish his appointment in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Ms Sim Ann will be appointed Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications and Information. She will continue in the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth but will relinquish her appointment in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

 

Mr Chee Hong Tat will be appointed Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Education. He will relinquish his appointments in the Ministry of Communications and Information and the Ministry of Health.

Dr Janil Puthucheary will be appointed Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport. He will continue in the Ministry of Communications and Information but will relinquish his appointment in the Ministry of Education.

Dr Koh Poh Koon will relinquish his appointment in the Ministry of National Development but will continue as Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Mr Sam Tan will be appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Social and Family Development. He will continue in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and relinquish his appointments in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Manpower.

Ms Low Yen Ling will be appointed Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Manpower. She will continue in the Ministry of Education but will relinquish her appointment in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Additional responsibilities

Mr Heng Swee Keat will take over responsibility for assisting the Prime Minister on National Research Foundation matters from DPM Teo Chee Hean.

Mr Chan Chun Sing will take over responsibility for the Public Service Division from DPM Teo Chee Hean. He will continue to be Deputy Chairman of People’s Association.

Mr Masagos Zulkifli will be in charge of Muslim Affairs, taking over from Dr Yaacob Ibrahim.

Dr Janil Puthucheary will take over responsibility for Cyber Security from Dr Yaacob Ibrahim.

New political appointments

Mr Edwin Tong will be appointed Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and the Ministry of Health with effect from 1 July 2018.

Mr Zaqy Mohamad will be appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of National Development and the Ministry of Manpower.

Ms Sun Xueling will be appointed Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of National Development.

Dr Tan Wu Meng will be appointed Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

 

 

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