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Cabinet shuffle 'to see Singapore through next phase'

New appointments will strengthen social and health teams: PM Lee

Published on Apr 30, 2014 11:12 AM
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

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has promoted Mr Tan Chuan-Jin and Mr Lawrence Wong to full ministers and named two new ministers of state to bolster the social and health teams, in a move he said was aimed at strengthening the Cabinet and helping Singapore through an important period of transition.

He said the Government was creating opportunities for Singaporeans through skills upgrading and raising productivity, improving lives through sports, culture and youth engagement, and giving people peace of mind through stronger social safety nets in health and for the elderly.

"These major policy shifts require good political leadership, close coordination across ministries, effective ground implementation and strong support from Singaporeans," he added. He was strengthening the Cabinet line-up "to address our priorities and challenges, and see Singapore through our next phase of development".

In this latest round of changes, the fourth since the May 2011 General Election, Mr Tan will be promoted to Manpower Minister and Mr Wong to Minister for Culture, Community and Youth tomorrow. They have been acting ministers since August 2012 and November 2012, respectively.

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Background story

Promotions and changes

THE following Cabinet promotions and changes take effect tomorrow, unless indicated otherwise.


  • Acting Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, Ministry of Manpower: Promoted to full minister.
  • Acting Minister Lawrence Wong, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY): Promoted to full minister and Second Minister for Communications and Information.
  • Senior Parliamentary Secretary Sam Tan: Promoted to Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office and MCCY. Relinquishes current appointment as Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and will step down as mayor of Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC) on May 27, when his term ends.


  • Ms Denise Phua, MP (Moulmein-Kallang GRC): Takes over from Mr Tan as mayor of Central CDC.
  • Dr Lam Pin Min, MP (Sengkang West): Moves to frontbench as Minister of State in the Health Ministry, starting on Aug 1.
  • Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower: Steps down as South West CDC mayor on May 27.
  • Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Social and Family Development: Takes over from Dr Khor as South West CDC mayor. Will also take on a new post as Parliamentary Secretary in MCCY.