Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday (24 April) announced new roles for Singapore’s fourth-generation (4G) leaders as he unveiled the closely watched Cabinet reshuffle and other political appointments.
A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) indicates the following changes:
Promotions and Retirements
Indranee Rajah, 55, will be promoted to full Minister. She will be Minister in the PMO, Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for Education. She will also be Second Minister for Law until 30 June.
Baey Yam Keng, 47, and Amrin Amin, 40, will be promoted to Senior Parliamentary Secretary. Baey will hold a new role in the Ministry of Transport and continue in the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth while Amrin will continue in both the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Home Affairs.
Trade Minister Lim Hng Kiang, 64; Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say, 63; and Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim, 62, will step down from their Cabinet roles.
Several ministers will also be given additional responsibilities.
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, 57, will take over responsibility for assisting PM Lee on National Research Foundation matters from Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, 63.
Chan will take over the Public Service Division from Teo and will continue to be Deputy Chairman of the People’s Association.
Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, 55, will also be in charge of Muslim Affairs, taking over from Dr Yaacob.
The reshuffle has been eagerly observed by political analysts for hints of the person in the new Cabinet who would be chosen to become Singapore’s next prime minister.
Lee had said previously that his successor would be selected among the 4G ministers. In a joint statement released in January, 16 of Singapore’s younger leaders said that they would work closely to pick a candidate among them to head the government, according to media reports.