Sweeping changes to Singapore cabinet announced
Five have been appointed Senior Ministers of State. -AsiaOne
SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has announced changes to Singapore's Cabinet today.
The changes will be effective from Aug 1, 2012, with further changes to take effect from Nov 1.
Mr Masagos Zulkifli and Mr Lee Yi Shyan will be promoted to Senior Ministers of State and will keep their respective portfolios, while backbencher Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim has been appointed Parliamentary Secretary. Also promoted to Senior Minister of State are Mr Chan Chun Sing, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, and Mr Lawrence Wong.
Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam will relinquish his post as Minister for Manpower making way for first-termer Tan Chuan-Jin. Mr Tharman remain will remain as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance and Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Mr Tan Chuan-Jin will become the Acting Minister for Manpower and Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of National Development.
The Ministries of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and Information Communications and the Arts (MICA) will be reorganised, and one new ministry will also be formed. (Read more here.)
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, who will continue to be the Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs, will be the Minister for Communications and Information on Nov 1, 2012.
Mr Chan Chun Sing will be appointed as Senior Minister of State for Defence. He will remain as Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports. He will also become the Acting Minister for Social and Family Development on Nov 1.
Mr Lawrence Wong will step down as Minister of State for Defence and will be Senior Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts. He will stay on as Minister of State for Education until Nov 1, when he will head a new Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information.
Mr Lui Tuck Yew will step down from his post as Second Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Ms Grace Fu has been promoted to full minister, the second woman in Singapore's history to hold such a post. She will become Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, as well as assist Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on population matters.
Lawyer Indranee Rajah will also take on a new appointment as Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education from Nov 1.
Dr Amy Khor, who remains as mayor of South West CDC, will be appointed the Minister of State for Manpower, concurrent with her present appointment as Minister of State for Health.
From Nov 1, Mdm Halimah Yacob will be appointed the Minister of State for Social and Family Development.
Mr Sam Tan Chin Siong will head to the new Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth as Senior Parliamentary Secretary on Nov 1, while concurrently serving as the Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Mayor of Central CDC.
Ms Sim Ann will relinquish her position of Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Law, and will be the Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Information, on Nov 1. She will stay on as the Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education.
Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal bin Ibrahim will be appointed Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Transport.
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