PM Lee upgrades to Cabinet 2.4
Prime Minister has announced changes to his Cabinet to “to address our priorities and challenges, and see Singapore through our next phase of development”.
Promotion of two Ministers:
- Mr Tan Chuan-Jin – promoted to full Minister in the Ministry of Manpower.
- Mr Lawrence Wong – promoted to full Minister in the Ministry for Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), and 2nd Minister for Communications and Information.
Changes of appointment for four other office holders:
- Mr Sam Tan – promoted to Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the MCCY. He will relinquish his current appointment in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and step down as Mayor of Central Singapore CDC on 27 May 2014, at the end of his term.
- Dr Lam Pin Min – appointed as Minister of State in the Ministry of Health with effect from 1 Aug 2014.
- Ms Denise Phua – replace Mr Sam Tan as the Mayor of Central Singapore CDC with effect from 27 May 2014.
- Ms Low Yen Ling – replace Dr Amy Khor Lean Suan as Mayor of South West CDC with effect from 27 May 2014, at the end of Dr Khor’s Mayor’s term. Also appointed as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, concurrent with her present appointment in the Ministry of Social and Family Development.
Possible WP candidate makes public appearance?
Media reported that Mr Leon Perera, chief executive of Spire Research and Consulting, was out with Workers’ Party volunteers and members handing out food rations and daily necessities to elderly residents in the Paya Lebar division. Some “experts” have described this as a tit-for-tat response to what the People’s Action Party has done. It is not known if Mr Perera, 44, plans to run in the next general elections.
Cost of gas to go up
City Gas plans to increase the price of town gas by 0.3 per cent from next month until the end of July. This means that gas for households serviced by City Gas, which consists of almost 90 per cent of residents living in new Housing Development Board estates and private properties, will go up from 21.01 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) to 21.08 cents per kWh. Media also reported that gas prices were lowered by 0.8 per cent in February to April.