Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan is now a grandpa, possibly the youngest in Cabinet

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan with his son Luke and his grandson.
Dr Vivian Balakrishnan with his son Luke and his grandson.PHOTO: DR VIVIAN BALAKRISHNAN
Dr Vivian Balakrishnan with his grandson.
Dr Vivian Balakrishnan with his grandson.PHOTO: DR VIVIAN BALAKRISHNAN

SINGAPORE - Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan became a proud grandfather at 5.15pm on New Year's eve with the arrival of his grandson, who was delivered just in time to ring in 2016.

Just hours later, Dr Balakrishnan, 54, showed him off to the world with a photo he posted on Facebook. It was captioned: "Our newborn grandson wishes everyone a very Happy New Year!"

"You only truly understand how much your parents love you when you hold your own child for the first time. Today my daughter and her husband will discover this fact of life," he added.

His post was liked more than 10,000 times and there were more than 700 comments - most of them congratulatory - by Friday night.

The newborn, who is the son of Dr Balakrishnan's daughter Natalie, has yet to be named, the minister said. The baby was delivered at the National University Hospital.

He told The Straits Times that he and his wife started having children when they were in their 20s and he is glad that his daughter has done the same.

"I have always believed that it is good to start early. We are glad our daughter heeded our advice," he said.


Ms Natalie Balakrishnan, a lawyer, is in her late twenties. Her husband works in the private sector.

Dr Balakrishnan said: "I am now in the unusual but happy situation of having a nine-year-old son and a grandson."

He could be the youngest member of the Cabinet to become a grandfather, Lianhe Wanbao reported.

The minister, who also has three sons, said that parenting is a labour of love.

"Children are a source of hope and optimism and represent our ultimate commitment to the future," he said.