Singapore’s Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat suffered a stroke whilst attending a cabinet meeting. A statement from the Prime Minister Office said that he is presently in the ICU after an emergency surgery.
Heng Swee Keat has been touted as the likely successor to PM Lee if he decides to leave office in 2020.
Born in 1961, Heng began his career in the Singapore Police Force in 1983 when he was awarded the SPF Overseas Scholarship. A graduate of Cambridge University (Economics), he became the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Trade and Industry before serving as Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore from 2005 to 2011.
Heng joined politics in 2011 when he was the People’s Action Party (PAP) candidate in the Tampines Group Representation Constituency (Tampines GRC).
On 18 May 2011, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong appointed Heng to the Cabinet as the Minister for Education. He was moved to the Finance portfolio on 1 Oct 2015.