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The WEATHER on MONDAY (21 Apr 2003): Showers with thunder and gusty winds in the predawn hours and morning affecting many areas.  WEATHER OUTLOOK:  TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY: Showers expected in the late morning and early afternoon.     WATER TIDES (this month)  SUN Sunrise  6.59am    Sunset  7.08pm   MOON  Moonrise  11.46pm   Moonset  11.09am    PSI: 46 (good)   TEMPERATURE: 24-32 degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily before 8am Singapore time) For more information, call Meteorological Service Singapore Tel: (65) 6542 7788.

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To self-renew Singapore's political leadership, the Prime Minister will make several changes to his Cabinet.

Dr Tony Tan will leave the Ministry of Defence to become Deputy Prime Minister and Co-ordinating Minister for Security and Defence in the Prime Minister's Office with effect from 1 August 2003. He will chair an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Security and Defence. Its members will include the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister for Home Affairs and the Minister for Defence. The Committee will concentrate on Homeland Defence to safeguard Singapore against terrorist threats.

Dr Tony Tan will continue to take charge of university education and will chair an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Developing Research and Professional Manpower. The members of this Committee will include BG George Yeo, RAdm Teo Chee Hean, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Dr Ng Eng Hen.

Mr Lim Hng Kiang will leave the Ministry of Health for the Prime Minister's Office when the SARS situation has stabilised. The transfer date will be announced later. As Minister, Prime Minister's Office, he will be in charge of population-related issues, e.g. ageing population, marriage and procreation and talent recruitment. He will take over the chairmanship of the following three committees:

Inter-Ministerial Committee on the Ageing Population (now chaired by Mr Mah Bow Tan);
Ministerial Committee on Marriage and Procreation (now chaired by Mr Lim Boon Heng);
Singapore Talent Recruitment Committee (now chaired by BG George Yeo). Mr Lim will remain as the Second Minister for Finance. He will be in day-to-day charge of the Ministry.

Other Changes
Dr Lee Boon Yang will leave the Ministry of Manpower and take over from Mr David Lim as Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts with effect from 12 May.

RAdm Teo Chee Hean will leave the Ministry of Education to take over from Dr Tony Tan as Minister for Defence with effect from 1August.
Assoc Prof Dr Yaacob Ibrahim will be promoted to Minister for Community Development and Sports with effect from 12 May 2003.

Mr Khaw Boon Wan will be appointed Acting Minister for Health when Mr Lim Hng Kiang leaves the Ministry. He will also be appointed Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance then. The date will be announced later.

Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam will be appointed Acting Minister for Education with effect from 1 August.

Dr Ng Eng Hen will be appointed Acting Minister for Manpower with effect from 12 May. He will remain as Minister of State for Education.

Mr Chan Soo Sen will leave the Prime Minister's Office to be Minister of State, Ministry of Education with effect from 1 August. He will remain as Minister of State, Ministry of Community Development and Sports.

Dr Balaji Sadasivan will move from the Ministry of the Environment to the Ministry of Transport with effect from 12 May. He will remain in the Ministry of Health.

Ministerial Committees
The three Acting Ministers will each chair a Ministerial Committee in his respective Ministry. The Ministerial Committees will be formed when the Acting Ministers take over their portfolios.

The Health Ministerial Committee will comprise Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Mr Lim Hng Kiang and Dr Balaji Sadasivan. The Education Ministerial Committee will comprise Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, RAdm Teo Chee Hean and Dr Ng Eng Hen.
The Manpower Ministerial Committee will comprise Dr Ng Eng Hen, Dr Lee Boon Yang and Mr Lim Hng Kiang.

Parliamentary Secretary
Mr Mohamad Maidin will be appointed Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, in addition to his present appointment in the Ministry of Home Affairs with effect from 12 May.

Mr Hawazi Daipi, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education, will take on the additional position of Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Manpower with effect from 12 May.

Mr David Lim
Mr David Lim has requested to step down from the Cabinet to return to the corporate sector. The Prime Minister has reluctantly agreed to his request and thanks him for his valuable and dedicated service to the Government and the people of Singapore. His last day of service is 11 May, 2003.

Singapore Government Press Release 28 April 2003

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30 April 2003

Monday's News


Health Minister LIM Hng Kiang yesterday estimated the total quarantine numbers for the Pasir Panjang Wholesale Market to be 2,400, based on the assumption that each of the 800 tenants might have hired two helpers. Three SARS victims, one of whom has died, all worked at separate buildings in the 26-block market. (H1)

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has announced that their lecturers can choose whether they want to focus on teaching or research. They will be allowed to spend up to 75 per cent of their time teaching or doing research instead of dividing the time equally between the two. (H6)




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