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Changes to the Cabinet and other political appointments

The Prime Minister Office has announced the changes to the Singapore Cabinet and other political appointments. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be promoting three office holders, and appointing four backbenchers to new political appointments. Three Ministers will retire from the Cabinet, but continue as Members of Parliament.  (All changes take effect from 1 May 2018 unless stated otherwise.)

Retirement of Ministers

(Left to right) Lim Hng Kiang, Yacob Ibrahim and Lim Swee Say

Mr Lim Hng Kiang will step down as Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade). Dr Yaacob Ibrahim will step down as Minister for Communications and Information. Mr Lim Swee Say will step down as Minister for Manpower.

Appointment of Ministers

Mr S Iswaran will be appointed Minister for Communications and Information. He will continue in the Ministry of Trade and Industry but be redesignated Minister‐in‐charge of Trade Relations.

Mr Chan Chun Sing will be appointed Minister for Trade and Industry. He will relinquish his appointment in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Mr Ng Chee Meng will be appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office. He will relinquish his appointments as Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport.

Mr Ong Ye Kung will continue in the Ministry of Education, designated as Minister for Education and be responsible for the whole Ministry. He will relinquish his appointment as Second Minister for Defence.

Mrs Josephine Teo will be appointed Minister for Manpower. She will continue 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 full Minister. She will be appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for Education. As a transition arrangement, she will also be appointed Second Minister for Law until 30 June 2018 (when Mr Edwin Tong becomes Senior Minister of State in the Ministry).

Mr Baey Yam Keng will be promoted to Senior Parliamentary Secretary. He will hold a new appointment in the Ministry of Transport and will continue in the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.

Mr Amrin Amin will be promoted to Senior Parliamentary Secretary. He will continue in both the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Change of Other Political Appointments

Mr Heng Chee How will be appointed Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence. He will relinquish his appointment in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Ms Sim Ann will be appointed Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications and Information. She will continue in the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth but will relinquish her appointment in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Mr Chee Hong Tat will be appointed Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Education. He will relinquish his appointments in the Ministry of Communications and Information and the Ministry of Health.

Dr Janil Puthucheary will be appointed Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport. He will continue in the Ministry of Communications and Information but will relinquish his appointment in the Ministry of Education.

Dr Koh Poh Koon will relinquish his appointment in the Ministry of National Development but will continue as Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Mr Sam Tan will be appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Social and Family Development. He will continue in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and relinquish his appointments in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Manpower.

Ms Low Yen Ling will be appointed Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Manpower. She will continue in the Ministry of Education but will relinquish her appointment in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Additional Responsibilities

Mr Heng Swee Keat will take over responsibility for assisting the Prime Minister on National Research Foundation matters from DPM Teo Chee Hean.

Mr Chan Chun Sing will take over responsibility for the Public Service Division from DPM Teo Chee Hean. He will continue to be Deputy Chairman of People’s Association.

Mr Masagos Zulkifli will be in charge of Muslim Affairs, taking over from Dr Yaacob Ibrahim.

Dr Janil Puthucheary will take over responsibility for Cyber Security from Dr Yaacob Ibrahim.

New Political Appointments

Mr Edwin Tong will be appointed Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and the Ministry of Health with effect from 1 July 2018.

Mr Zaqy Mohamad will be appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of National Development and the Ministry of Manpower.

Ms Sun Xueling will be appointed Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of National Development.

Dr Tan Wu Meng will be appointed Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Trade and Industry.