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     FrontPage Edition: Tue 23 May 2006

Appointment of New Cabinet

 

Source: www.gov.sg

PRESS STATEMENT FROM THE PRIME MINISTER ON THE CABINET AND OTHER APPOINTMENTS

 
The Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues will be sworn into office by the President at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, 30 May 2006 at the State Room, Istana.
The letter from the Prime Minister to the President on the new Cabinet members and other office holders is at Annex A.
A list of the office holders by Ministries is at Annex B. Their appointments will be with effect from 30 May 2006, unless otherwise stated.
CHANGES TO MINISTERIAL APPOINTMENTS
Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam will be appointed as Second Minister for Finance. Concurrently, he will continue as Minister for Education. He will also relinquish the post of Deputy Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to Mr Lim Hng Kiang, but will stay on as a member of the MAS Board.
Dr Vivian Balakrishnan will be appointed as Second Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, and will relinquish his appointment as Second Minister for Trade and Industry. He will continue as Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports.
Mr Raymond Lim will be appointed as the Minister for Transport, and will relinquish his appointments as Second Minister for Finance and Minister in the Prime Minister¨s Office. He will continue as Second Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Dr Balaji Sadasivan will be appointed as Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and will relinquish his appointment as Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Health. He will continue as Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts.
Mr Heng Chee How will be appointed as Minister of State in the Ministry of Health. He will relinquish his appointments as Minister of State in the Ministry of National Development, and Mayor of Central Singapore CDC. He will be spending more time in the NTUC.
PROMOTIONS
Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed will be appointed as Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He will continue as Mayor of North East CDC.
Assoc Prof Koo Tsai Kee will be appointed as Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence. He will relinquish his appointment in the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources.
NEW OFFICE HOLDERS
Among the new MPs, the following will be appointed:

a. Ms Grace Fu will be appointed as Minister of State in the Ministry of National Development with effect from 1 August 2006.

b. Mr Lee Yi Shyan will be appointed as Minister of State in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

c. RAdm (NS) Lui Tuck Yew will be appointed as Minister of State in the Ministry of Education.

d. Mr Masagos Zulkifli will be appointed as Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, taking over the appointment from Mr Hawazi Daipi who will continue as Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Manpower.

e. Mr Teo Ser Luck will be appointed as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, taking over the appointment from Dr Mohamad Maliki bin Osman who will continue as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of National Development

Among the re-elected MPs, the following will be appointed:

a. Mr S. Iswaran will be appointed as Minister of State in the Ministry of Trade and Industry with effect from 1 July 2006.

b. Dr Amy Khor will be appointed as Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, concurrently with her appointment as Mayor of South West CDC. She will also be taking over as Chairman of the Feedback Unit from Dr Wang Kai Yuen.

c. Mr Zainudin Nordin will be appointed as Mayor of Central Singapore CDC.

RETIREMENTS
The following office holders will be retiring from the Government:

a. Mr Yeo Cheow Tong, Minister for Transport. Mr Yeo was appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1985. He has been successively Minister for Health, Minister for Community Development, Minister for Trade and Industry, Minister for the Environment, and Minister for Communications and Information Technology, before assuming his present appointment in 2001.

b. Mr Chan Soo Sen, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Mr Chan was appointed Parliamentary Secretary in the Prime Minister¨s Office and the Ministry of Community Development in 1997. He was Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Minister of State in the Ministry of Community Development and Sports before assuming his present appointment.

c. Mr Yatiman Yusof, Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts. Mr Yatiman was appointed Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1986 and Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Information and the Arts in 1997.

d. Mr Mohamad Maidin bin Packer Mohd, Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs. Mr Maidin was appointed Political Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Information in 1988. He has been successively Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Information and the Arts and the Ministry of Education, before assuming his present appointment.

e. Mr Tang Guan Seng, Political Secretary to the Senior Minister. Mr Tang was appointed Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education in 1986. He took up a concurrent appointment in the Ministry of Home Affairs and was Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry before assuming his present appointment.

The Prime Minister thanks Mr Yeo Cheow Tong, Mr Chan Soo Sen, Mr Yatiman Yusof, Mr Mohamad Maidin and Mr Tang Guan Seng for their services and many contributions.
More..... (Annexes)

Source: www.gov.sg News Release 22 May 2006

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