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Charissa Yong

Fourth generation political leadership taking shape

Published on Apr 30, 2014 2:06 PM
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the fourth round of Cabinet changes since the General Election in 2011, promoting Mr Tan Chuan-Jin (left) and Mr Lawrence Wong to full minister. -- PHOTOS: ARTHUR LEE/ MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN 

Yesterday's round of Cabinet promotions has essentially confirmed the outline of Singapore's fourth generation of political leaders.

Acting ministers Tan Chuan- Jin (Manpower) and Lawrence Wong (Culture, Community and Youth) will be full ministers from tomorrow, just shy of three years since they were first elected to Parliament.

They join Education Minister Heng Swee Keat and Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing, who made the grade earlier.

That makes four full ministers from the batch of 24 new faces Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong inducted in 2011.

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Background story

This time, instead of seismic shifts, Mr Lee has opted for gradual change and targeted appointments to make sure major policy innovations in health and the social sectors, especially for the elderly, are delivered well.

For this, he has redistributed the work among Cabinet members and brought two more ministers of state on board.