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SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday (Apr 8) announced several changes to his Cabinet. “These changes are part of continuing leadership renewal,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a press statement.
Mr Masagos Zulkifli, 51, will be promoted to full Minister with effect from Thursday. 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.
Mr Chan Chun Sing, 46, 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 Thursday, Apr 9.
Mr Lim Swee Say, 60, will be appointed Minister for Manpower and will relinquish his appointment as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office on May 4.
Mr Tan Chuan‐Jin, 46, currently Minister for Manpower, will be appointed Minister for Social and Family Development on Thursday. He will hold both portfolios until he relinquishes his appointment as Minister for Manpower on May 4.
Mr Lui Tuck Yew, 53, will be appointed Second Minister for Defence with effect from Thursday. He will continue as Minister for Transport.
Meanwhile, Malay and Muslim community leaders yesterday welcomed news of Mr Masagos Zulkifli’s promotion to full minister, the first time there are two Malay members of Cabinet.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said of his promotion: “It is the first time we are having two Malay full ministers, which reflects the progress of the Malay community.”
Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim, who is also Minister- in-charge of Muslim Affairs, said: “I am happy that Masagos has been promoted to a full minister.”
Association of Muslim Professionals chairman Azmoon Ahmad said the promotion is further proof that “Malays can stand tall in this meritocratic nation”.
“It will create impetus for the community and encourage us and give us the confidence that Malays can succeed,” he added.