Given the recent “shocking” polling results of the Singapore Parliamentary Elections 2011 and perhaps, after doing a post-election review, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has just announced his much-anticipated new Cabinet line-up in a press conference held today.
It is a brand new re-shufflement of the Singapore Cabinet. 11 of the 14 ministries will have a new minister in charge. The new Cabinet will see 9 ministers stepping down from the previous team.
According to PM Lee, he said this will be a fresh team that will look at the future with a clean slate.
New appointments will take effect this Saturday 21 May 2011.
Here’s the full list:
PM Lee will have 2 Deputy Prime Ministers assisting him – 1) current Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean, of whom also will be the Home Affairs Minister and Co-ordinating Minister for National Security, and 2) Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam who will retain his Finance portfolio and also be Manpower Minister.
Newly elected MP Mr Heng Swee Keat – Minister for Education.
Newly elected MP, Major-General Chan Chun Sing – Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports as well as Minister of State for Information, Communication and the Arts.
K Shanmugam – Minister for Law and Foreign Affairs.
Khaw Boon Wan – Minister for National Development.
Gan Kim Yong – Minister for Health.
Yaacob Ibrahim – Minister for Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts.
Lui Tuck Yew – Minister for Transport, and 2nd Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Vivian Balakrishnan – Minister for Environment and Water Resources.
Ng Eng Hen – Minister for Defence.
Lim Hng Kiang – stay put as Minister for Trade and Industry.
Lim Swee Say – stay put as Minister in Prime Minister’s Office.
S Iswaran – Minister in Prime Minister’s Office and 2nd Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry.
Grace Fu – Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts and Ministry of Environment and Water Resources.
Heng Chee How – Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office
Halimah Yacob – Minister of State for Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports.
Josephine Teo – Minister of State for Finance and Transport.
Newly elected MP Brigadier General Tan Chuan Jin – Minister of State for National Development and Manpower
Newly elected MP Lawrence Wong – Minister of State for Defence and Education
Amy Khor – Minister of State for Health.
Teo Ser Luck – Minister of State for Trade and Industry.
Lee Yi Shyan – Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development.
Masagos Zulkifli Minister – Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs.
Other secondary appointments:
Finance Minister Tharman – Chairman, Monetary Authority of Singapore
PM Lee – Chairman, GIC.
What an unexpected new line-up of Singapore Cabinet Ministers, isn’t it?
As a Singaporean, I hope it brings a bigger new change to Singapore, to propel our nation to scale greater heights for the next 5 years and beyond. 🙂
Oh yes, last but not least, not to forget this:
- Wong Kan Seng, Mah Bow Tan and Raymond Lim to step down from Cabinet, along together with SM Goh Chok Tong and MM Lee Kuan Yew.