Changes to Cabinet and other appointments

Prime Minister's Office | 27 April 2017

 

The Prime Minister will make the following changes to Cabinet and other political appointments. These changes are part of leadership renewal and are summarised below. All changes take effect from 1 May 2017 unless otherwise stated. Annex A gives the new portfolios of the Cabinet members and other office changes.

Promotion to Full Minister

Mrs Josephine Teo and Mr Desmond Lee will be promoted to full Ministers.

Mrs Josephine Teo will be appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, and Second Minister in the Ministry of Manpower. She will continue in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Second Minister. She will relinquish her appointment in the Ministry of Transport. She will continue to oversee population matters, assisting Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

Mr Desmond Lee will be appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, and will be Second Minister in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of National Development, his present ministries.

Promotion to Senior Minister of State

Dr Lam Pin Min, Dr Janil Puthucheary, Dr Koh Poh Koon, and Mr Chee Hong Tat will be promoted to Senior Ministers of State. They will continue in their current ministries.

Dr Lam Pin Min will also be appointed as Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport.

Promotion to Senior Parliamentary Secretary

Ms Low Yen Ling and Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal bin Ibrahim will be promoted to Senior Parliamentary Secretaries. They will continue in their current ministries.

New appointments

Mr Sam Tan Chin Siong will be appointed as Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He will continue as Minister of State in the Ministry of Manpower and in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Mr Amrin Amin will be appointed as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Health. He will continue as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Retirement of Mr Teo Ser Luck

Mr Teo Ser Luck has requested to step down from public office to return to the private sector.

The Prime Minister has accepted Mr Teo’s request. Mr Teo will relinquish his appointment as Minister of State for Manpower on 30 June 2017.

Mr Teo will also relinquish his appointment as Mayor of North East District when his current term ends on 26 May 2017. Mr Teo will continue serving the residents of Sengkang Central division as a Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC.

The Prime Minister thanks Mr Teo for his valuable services to the Government. At the Ministry of Manpower and the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Mr Teo played an active role in promoting SMEs, including developing their capabilities and setting up SME Centres. He also led the Lean Enterprise Development efforts. At the then Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, he promoted youth participation in community engagement, corporate social responsibility and sports. He launched the Singapore National Games and made a major contribution to the Youth Olympic Games. At the Ministry of Transport, he initiated the cycling plan, and installed lifts for overhead-bridges and wheelchair access for public buses. As Mayor, he worked with the other Mayors on many innovative and meaningful flagship programmes across the five CDCs, including the distribution of milk powder to needy families and the Community Employment Programme.

Mayors

Mr Desmond Choo will be appointed as Mayor of North East District.

Dr Mohamad Maliki bin Osman, Dr Teo Ho Pin, Ms Denise Phua and Ms Low Yen Ling will be re-appointed as Mayors, and Ms Low Yen Ling will be appointed as coordinator for the CDCs.

The new Mayor appointments will take effect when the terms of the current Mayors end on 26 May 2017.

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PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE
SINGAPORE
27 APRIL 2017

 

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ANNEX A

CABINET AND OTHER OFFICE HOLDERS 

MINISTRY

MINISTER

MINISTER OF STATE

PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY

Prime Minister's Office

Mr Lee Hsien Loong
(Prime Minister)
 

Mr Teo Chee Hean@
(DPM and Coordinating Minister for National Security)
 

Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam@
(DPM and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies)
 

Mr Khaw Boon Wan#
(Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport)
 

Mr Chan Chun Sing@
​(Minister, PMO)
 

Mrs Josephine Teo^*#@
(Minister, PMO)
 

Mr Desmond Lee^*#
(Minister, PMO)

Mr Heng Chee How
(Senior Minister of State)
 

Mr Sam Tan#*@
(Minister of State)

 

Defence

 

Dr Ng Eng Hen
 

Mr Ong Ye Kung#%@
(Second Minister)

Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman#
(Senior Minister of State)

 

Foreign Affairs 

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan@
 

Mrs Josephine Teo^*#@
(Second Minister)

Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman#
(Senior Minister of State)
 

Mr Sam Tan#*@
(Minister of State)

 

Home Affairs

Mr K Shanmugam#
 

Mr Desmond Lee^*#
(Second Minister)

 

Mr Amrin Amin*#
(Parliamentary Secretary)

Trade and Industry

Mr Lim Hng Kiang+
(Minister for Trade and Industry [Trade])
 

Mr S Iswaran+
(Minister for Trade and Industry [Industry])

Dr Koh Poh Koon^#
(Senior Minister of State)
 

Ms Sim Ann#
(Senior Minister of State)

Ms Low Yen Ling^#
(Senior Parliamentary Secretary)

Finance

Mr Heng Swee Keat@
 

Mr Lawrence Wong#
(Second Minister)

Ms Indranee Rajah#
(Senior Minister of State)

 
Manpower

Mr Lim Swee Say
 

Mrs Josephine Teo^*#@
(Second Minister)

Mr Teo Ser Luck#~
(Minister of State)
 

Mr Sam Tan#*@
(Minister of State)

 

Transport

Mr Khaw Boon Wan#
 

Mr Ng Chee Meng#%
(Second Minister)

Dr Lam Pin Min^*#
(Senior Minister of State)

 

National Development

Mr Lawrence Wong#
 

Mr Desmond Lee^*#
(Second Minister)

Dr Koh Poh Koon^#
(Senior Minister of State)

 

Communications and Information

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim@

Mr Chee Hong Tat^#
​(Senior Minister of State)

 

Dr Janil Puthucheary^#@
(Senior Minister of State)

 

Environment and Water Resources

Mr Masagos Zulkifli@

Dr Amy Khor#
(Senior Minister of State)

 

Law

Mr K Shanmugam#

Ms Indranee Rajah#
(Senior Minister of State)

 

Health

Mr Gan Kim Yong@

Dr Amy Khor#
​(Senior Minister of State)
 

Dr Lam Pin Min^*#
(Senior Minister of State)
 

Mr Chee Hong Tat^#
(Senior Minister of State)

Mr Amrin Amin*#
(Parliamentary Secretary)

Education

Mr Ng Chee Meng #%
(Minister for Education [Schools])
 

Mr Ong Ye Kung#%@
(Minister for Education [Higher Education and Skills])

Dr Janil Puthucheary^#@
(Senior Minister of State)

A/P Muhammad Faishal bin Ibrahim^#
​(Senior Parliamentary Secretary)
 

Ms Low Yen Ling^#
(Senior Parliamentary Secretary)

Social and Family Development

Mr Tan Chuan-Jin@

 

A/P Muhammad Faishal bin Ibrahim^#
(Senior Parliamentary Secretary)

Culture, Community and Youth

Ms Grace Fu Hai Yien@

Ms Sim Ann#
(Senior Minister of State)

Mr Baey Yam Keng
(Parliamentary Secretary)

 

MAYORS

North East District

Mr Teo Ser Luck#
(Until term expires on 26 May 2017)
 

Mr Desmond Choo
(From 27 May 2017)*

South East District

Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman#

North West District

Dr Teo Ho Pin

South West District

Ms Low Yen Ling^#
(Coordinator from 27 May 2017)

Central Singapore District

Ms Denise Phua

 

^ Promotion
* Change of Appointment
# Concurrent Appointment
~ Appointment until 30 Jun 2017

 

@ Concurrent responsibilities of Appointment Holders:

Mr Teo Chee Hean – Strategy Group, Smart Nation and Digital Government Group, Public Service Division, National Security Coordination Secretariat, National Population and Talent Division and National Climate Change Secretariat. Also assists PM in National Research Foundation matters

Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam – Monetary Authority of Singapore. Also assists PM in Productivity Fund Administration Board matters

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim – Muslim affairs and Cyber Security

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan – Smart Nation

Mr Gan Kim Yong – Aging issues

Mr Heng Swee Keat – Council for Skills, Innovation and Productivity, National Research Foundation matters (assisting Mr Teo Chee Hean)

Ms Grace Fu Hai Yien – Municipal Services Office

Mr Chan Chun Sing – People’s Association

Mr Tan Chuan-Jin – CDC matters (assisting Mr Chan Chun Sing)

Mr Masagos Zulkifli – Muslim affairs (assisting Dr Yaacob Ibrahim)

Mr Ong Ye Kung – Public Sector Innovation (assisting Mr Teo Chee Hean)

Mrs Josephine Teo – Population matters (assisting Mr Teo Chee Hean)

Dr Janil Puthucheary – Govtech

Mr Sam Tan – REACH

 

+Explicit responsibilities assigned within Ministry of Trade and Industry

Mr Lim Hng Kiang – Economic Development Board, Jurong Town Corporation, Department of Statistics, Competition Commission of Singapore

Mr S Iswaran – Agency for Science Technology and Research, Energy Market Authority, Hotel Licensing Board, Singapore Tourism Board, Sentosa Development Corporation, International Enterprise Singapore, SPRING Singapore

 

%Explicit responsibilities assigned within Ministry of Education

Mr Ng Chee Meng – Pre-school Education, Special Education, General Education (Primary, Secondary, Junior Colleges/Centralised Institutes)

Mr Ong Ye Kung – Institute of Technical Education, Polytechnics, Universities, Private Education Institutions, Continuing Education and Training, Skills Upgrading and Workforce Training

 

All changes are as of 1 May 2017. 

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