Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong Reshuffles Cabinet

SINGAPORE – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is reshuffling his cabinet and other appointed positions as part of continuing leadership renewal, the Prime Minister’s Office said today.

Based on the statement posted on the Prime Minister’s website today, Masagos Zulkifli will be promoted to full Minister with effect from 9 April 2015.

He will be appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and will continue in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Second Minister in both ministries.

“I am promoting Masagos Zulkifli to full Minister. He has performed well, both in his ministries and as an MP in Tampines. It is the first time we are having two Malay full ministers, which reflects the progress of the Malay community,” the Prime Minister said on his Facebook page.

Chan Chun Sing will be appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office.

He will relinquish his appointments as Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Defence with effect from 9 April 2015.

Lim Swee Say will be appointed Minister for Manpower and will relinquish his appointment as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office on 4 May 2015.

“Swee Say has done a lot in NTUC: helping workers to upgrade themselves, finding them new jobs when they are retrenched, assuring them that they do not face globalisation and international competition alone,” Lee said.

Tan Chuan-Jin, currently Minister for Manpower, will be appointed Minister for Social and Family Development on 9 April 2015.

He will hold both portfolios until he relinquishes his appointment as Minister for Manpower on 4 May 2015.

Lui Tuck Yew will be appointed Second Minister for Defence with effect from 9 April 2015. He will continue as Minister for Transport.

“These changes are part of continuing leadership renewal, to build a strong ‘A’ team for Singapore,” the Prime Minister said. – BusinessNewsAsia.com

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