New Cabinet Announced: Newbies, New Roles, and Ah Loong Stays!

Singapore’s new Cabinet line-up has been announced.

For the first time, we’ll have 3 “Coordinating Ministers”, Teo Chee Hean, Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Khaw Boon Wan.

Khaw will take on the problematic portfolio of Transport Minister, in addition to overseeing infrastructure development.

His National Development posts goes to Lawrence Wong.

In another notable swop, former Monetary Authority of Singapore head honcho Heng Swee Keat has been appointed Finance Minister, making way for cabinet newbies Ng Chee Meng and Ong Ye Kung to take over the education portfolio.

Teo Chee Hean will continue to oversee national security, while Tharman Shanmugaratnam now takes on a broader role as Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies.

The two have retained their posts as Deputy Prime Ministers.

With the haze problem looming, Vivian Balakrishnan will be relieved to relinquish his position as head of Environment and Water Resources.

That post has gone to Masagos Zulkifli, who was just recently promoted to a full minister in the Prime Minister’s Office.

And yes, PM Lee Hsien Loong remains as PM Lee Hsien Loong.



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