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Strengthening the Cabinet to serve Singaporeans better
PUBLISHED ON 24 Apr 2018
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has made several changes and appointments to the Cabinet and other key political appointments. Three Ministers will retire from the Cabinet.

The changes, as announced in a statement from the Prime Minister's Office, will take effect from 1st May 2018, unless otherwise stated.

The changes and appointments are:

APPOINTMENT OF MINISTERS

Mr S Iswaran will become Minister for Communications and Information. He will also be re-designated as Minister-in-Charge of Trade Relations in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Mr Chan Chun Sing will become the Minister for Trade and Industry and relinquish his appointment in the Prime Minister's Office. He will also take over the responsibility for the Public Service Division from Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

Mr Ng Chee Meng becomes Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office. This will be concurrent to his appointment in the National Trades Union Congress. He will relinquish his appointments as Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport.

Mr Ong Ye Kung will be Minister for Education and take charge of the whole Ministry. He will relinquish his appointment as Second Minister for Defence. 

Mrs Josephine Teo will become Minister for Manpower and will continue with her role as Second Minister for Home Affairs, but will relinquish her appointment in the Prime Minister’s Office. 


PROMOTIONS

Ms Indranee Rajah will be promoted to Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Finance and Education. She will remain as Second Minister for Law until 30 June 2018. 

Together with her, Mr Baey Yam Keng and Mr Amrin Amin will also be promoted. Mr Baey will be appointed as Senior Parliamentary Secretary, and hold a new appointment in Ministry of Transport while continuing to serve in the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth. Mr Amrin Amin will be appointed Senior Parliamentary Secretary for both Ministry of Health and Home Affairs. 

Four backbenchers will also be promoted. They are Mr Edwin Tong, who will become Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and the Ministry of Health, with effect from 1 July 2018. Mr Zaqy Mohamad becomes Minister of State in the National Development and Manpower ministries. Ms Sun Xueling will be Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the National Development and Home Affairs ministries. Dr Tan Wu Meng will become Senior Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Trade and Industry.


CHANGES TO POLITICAL APPOINTMENTS

There will be several significant changes to the political appointments too. Mr Heng Chee How will be appointed Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence and will no longer be Senior Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Senior Minister of State Sim Ann will move to the Ministry of Communications and Information. She will continue in the Ministry of Community, Culture and Youth and relinquish her appointment at the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Senior Minister of State Chee Hong Tat will be posted to the Ministry of Trade Industry and Ministry of Education, and will give up his appointments at the Ministry for Communications and Information and the Ministry of Health.

Senior Minister of Statet Dr Janil Puthucheary will be appointed Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Transport and continue at the Ministry of Communications and Information. Dr Janil, who will be taking over responsibility for cyber security from Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, will relinquish his appointment at MOE.

Senior Minister of State Dr Koh Poh Koon who will continue as Senior Minister of State at the Ministry for Trade and Industry, will give up his appointment at the Ministry of National Development. This will be concurrent to his role at the National Trades Union Congress. 

Minister of State Sam Tan will move to the Ministry of Community, Culture and Youth and give up his appointments at Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of Manpower. He will continue as Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Senior Parliamentary Secretary Low Yen Ling will give up her appointment at Ministry for Trade and Industry and move to Ministry of Manpower. She will continue at the Ministry of Education.

Additionally, Mr Heng Swee Keat will assist Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on National Research Foundation matters, and Mr Masagos Zulkifli will be Minister-in-Charge for Muslim Affairs.

RETIRING MINISTERS

The latest cabinet reshuffle will also see three veteran ministers retiring. They are:

Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade), Mr Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Manpower, Mr Lim Swee Say and Dr Yaacob Ibrahim who will step down as Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-Charge for Muslim Affairs. Mr Lim however, will remain as Special Advisor to the Ministry of Trade and Industy.

Parliament will reopen on 7 May 2018, and President Halimah Yacob will address Parliament with a speech drafted by the fourth-generation ministers. The Address will lay out the Government’s agenda for Singapore’s future.

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