Greater diversity with more office-holders from private sector: Experts

(From left) Mr Edwin Tong will be a senior minister of state, Mr Zaqy Mohamad will be a minister of state, and Ms Sun Xueling and Dr Tan Wu Meng will be senior parliamentary secretaries.
Mr Edwin Tong (above) will be a senior minister of state, Mr Zaqy Mohamad will be a minister of state, and Ms Sun Xueling and Dr Tan Wu Meng will be senior parliamentary secretaries.
(From left) Mr Edwin Tong will be a senior minister of state, Mr Zaqy Mohamad will be a minister of state, and Ms Sun Xueling and Dr Tan Wu Meng will be senior parliamentary secretaries.
Mr Edwin Tong will be a senior minister of state, Mr Zaqy Mohamad (above) will be a minister of state, and Ms Sun Xueling and Dr Tan Wu Meng will be senior parliamentary secretaries.
(From left) Mr Edwin Tong will be a senior minister of state, Mr Zaqy Mohamad will be a minister of state, and Ms Sun Xueling and Dr Tan Wu Meng will be senior parliamentary secretaries.
Mr Edwin Tong will be a senior minister of state, Mr Zaqy Mohamad will be a minister of state, and Ms Sun Xueling (above) and Dr Tan Wu Meng will be senior parliamentary secretaries.
(From left) Mr Edwin Tong will be a senior minister of state, Mr Zaqy Mohamad will be a minister of state, and Ms Sun Xueling and Dr Tan Wu Meng will be senior parliamentary secretaries.
Mr Edwin Tong will be a senior minister of state, Mr Zaqy Mohamad will be a minister of state, and Ms Sun Xueling and Dr Tan Wu Meng (above) will be senior parliamentary secretaries.

The promotion of four backbenchers with private-sector experience to office-holders will help blunt a common criticism that the political line-up in government is dominated by former civil servants and military men, said political analysts.

But they also noted that these newcomers will not significantly change the complexion of the front bench as they are entering at relatively junior levels.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 25, 2018, with the headline 'Greater diversity with more office-holders from private sector: Experts'. Print Edition | Subscribe