Lee Hsien Loong’s 4th cabinet features 2 new faces and 3 Coordinating Ministers

2 weeks after winning 69.9% of the popular vote in the GE2015, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has announced his fourth cabinet on Monday (28 Sept).

What are the changes?

3 Coordinating Ministers

There will be 3 Coordinating Ministers, whose jobs are to oversee several ministries which are closely linked. For example, the Coordinating Minister for National Security overlooks an inter-ministerial committee, comprising of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister for Home Affairs and the Minister for Defence.

The Coordinating Ministers are:

  • Coordinating Minister for National Security: Teo Chee Hean
  • Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies: Tharman Shanmugaratnam
  • Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure: Khaw Boon Wan

2 New Faces

There are 2 new Acting Ministers, both of whom were elected in GE2015, each helming half of the Education portfolio.

Former Chief of Defence Force Ng Chee Meng will be the Acting Minister of Education (Schools), while Sembawang GRC’s Ong Ye Kung is the new Acting Minister of Education (Higher Education and Skills).

7 full Minister Reshuffles

Among the reshuffles, perhaps the most watched out for is Khaw Boon Wan‘s ascension to Transport Minister. After helming the Ministry of Health during the SARS crisis, and overseeing a series of cooling measures as Minister of National Development, Khaw takes over the poisoned chalice that is the Transport portfolio. We can’t wait to see what happens next.

Taking over Khaw’s previous role of Minister of National Development is Lawrence Wong.

Meanwhile, Grace Fu will be only Singapore’s second female full Minister, after being named the new Minister of Culture, Community and Youth. The first female full Minister was Lim Hwee Hua, who was a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office until 2011, where her Aljunied GRC lost to the Worker’s Party in the 2011 General Election.

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan will move from Environment and Water Resources to Foreign Affairs. K Shanmugam relinquishes Foreign Affairs, and takes over Home Affairs instead.

Masagos Zulkifli has been promoted to Minister of Environment and Water Resources, and Heng Swee Keat returns to the moolah as Finance Minister, after having served as Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore between 2005 and 2011.

Finally, S Iswaran moves from the Prime Minister’s Office to the Industry half of the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Here are PM Lee’s list of Ministers in full:

Prime Minister’s Office
Lee Hsien Loong — Prime Minister
Teo Chee Hean — Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security
Tharman Shanmugaratnam — Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies
Chan Chun Sing — Minister, Prime Minister’s Office
Heng Chee How, Josephine Teo — Senior Minister of State
Sam Tan — Minister of State

Ministry of Defence
Dr Ng Eng Hen — Minister of Defence
Dr Maliki Osman, Ong Ye Kung — Senior Minister of State

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Dr Vivian Balakrishnan — Minister
Josephine Teo, Dr Maliki Osman — Senior Minister of State

Ministry of Home Affairs
K Shanmugam — Minister of Home Affairs
Desmond Lee — Senior Minister of State
Amrin Amin — Parliamentary Secretary

Ministry of Trade and Industry
Lim Hng Kiang — Minister of Trade and Industry (Trade)
S Iswaran — Minister of Trade and Industry  (Industry)
Dr Koh Poh Koon — Minister of State from 1 Jan 2016
Low Yen Ling — Parliamentary Secretary

Ministry of Finance
Heng Swee Keat — Minister of Finance
Indranee Rajah, Sim Ann — Senior Minister of State

Ministry of Manpower
Lim Swee Say — Minister of Manpower
Teo Ser Luck, Sam Tan — Minister of State

Ministry of Transport
Khaw Boon Wan — Minister of Transport, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure
Josephine Teo, Ng Chee Meng — Senior Minister of State

Ministry of National Development
Lawrence Wong — Minister of National Development
Desmond Lee — Senior Minister of State
Dr Koh Poh Koon — Minister of State from 1 Jan 2016

Ministry of Communications and Information
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim — Minister of Communications and Information
Chee Hong Tat — Minister of State
Dr Janil Puthucheary — Minister of State from 1 Jan 2016

Ministry of Environment and Water Resources
Masagos Zulkifil — Minister of Environment and Water Resources
Dr Amy Khor — Senior Minister of State

Ministry of Law
K Shanmugam — Minister of Law
Indranee Rajah — Senior Minister of State

Ministry of Health
Gan Kim Yong — Minister of Health
Dr Amy Khor — Senior Minister of State
Dr Lam Pin Min, Mr Chee Hong Tat — Minister of State

Ministry of Education
Ng Chee Meng — Acting Minister of Education (Schools)
Ong Ye Kung — Acting Minister of Education (Higher Education and Skills)
Dr Janil Puthucheary — Minister of State from 1 Jan 2016
Assoc Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Low Yen Ling — Parliamentary Secretary

Ministry of Social and Family Development
Tan Chuan-Jin — Minister of Social and Family Development
Assoc Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim — Parliamentary Secretary

Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
Grace Fu — Minister of Culture, Community and Youth
Sim Ann — Senior Minister of State
Baey Yam Keng — Parliamentary Secretary

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With reference from Channel NewsAsia