Statement from 4G ministers
PUBLISHED ON 05 Jan 2018
A total of 16 fourth generation (4G) ministers have released a statement stating that a leader, amongst them, will be chosen in good time.

The statement signed by the Cabinet ministers and office holders said: “The younger ministers are keenly aware that leadership succession is a pressing issue and that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong intends to step down after the next general election. We are conscious of our responsibility, are working closely together as a team, and will settle on a leader from among us in good time.”

The statement was signed by (in alphabetical order) by:
  • Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Chan Chun Sing
  • Senior Minister of State for Communication and Information and Health Chee Hong Tat
  • Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu
  • Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat
  • Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development Koh Poh Koon
  • Minister for Social and Family Desmond Lee
  • Minister for Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli
  • Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng
  • Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung
  • Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information and Education Janil Puthucheary
  • Senior Minister of State for Finance and Law Indranee Rajah
  • Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S. Iswaran
  • Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth and Trade and Industry Sim Ann
  • Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin
  • Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Josephine Teo
  • Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong
Emphasising that political stability has been the hallmark of Singapore, the leaders added that “smooth leadership succession has instilled confidence amongst Singaporeans and our friends around the world." The statement by the 16 ministers come in the wake of Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong’s recent comments on Facebook highlighting the need to settle Singapore’s fourth generation leadership within a six to nine month timeframe, this year.