Gan Kim Yong to become DPM in Singapore cabinet reshuffle

other appointments

The Cabinet reshuffle, which was announced after Mr Wong accepted President Tharman Shanmugaratnam’s invitation to form the next government – ​​saw Minister of State Low Yen Ling promoted to Senior Minister of State in her current ministries: Culture, Ministry of Community and Youth, and Ministry of Trade and Industry. She will also remain the mayor of the South West district.

Minister of State Desmond Tan will be promoted to Senior Minister of State. He will remain in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the National Trades Union Congress.

Senior Parliamentary Secretary Rahayu Mahzam will be promoted to Minister of State, and will be made a new appointment in the Ministry of Communications and Information.

Ms Rahayu will remain in the Health Ministry, but will leave her appointment in the Law Ministry.

As previously announced, Mr Lee will remain in the Cabinet as a senior minister after stepping down as government leader. He will continue to be the Chairman of the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council.

Two backbenchers have been appointed as political office-bearers.

Bukit Batok Member of Parliament (MP) Murali Pillai will be appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and Ministry of Transport.

Jurong GRC MP Shaun Huang will be appointed Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Finance.

These appointments will also be made on May 15.

The appointees will be sworn in on the same day, except Mr Murali whose appointment and oath will take place on July 1.

Senior parliamentary secretaries will be appointed on May 15 and sworn in on May 24.

In another change announced on Monday, the Ministry of Communications and Information will be renamed the Ministry of Digital Development and Information with effect from July 8.

The PMO said the new name reflects the ministry’s role in driving forward Singapore’s national digital agenda.

The ministry will also continue to oversee information policy and strategy, media development and public communications efforts.

The last cabinet reshuffle took place in June 2022 when Mr Wong was promoted to deputy prime minister, two months after being named leader of the PAP’s 4G team.

Mr Wong will be sworn in at 8pm on Wednesday at the Istana, making him Singapore’s fourth prime minister. He replaces Mr Lee who is stepping down after 20 years as government leader.

Mr Wong said last month that major cabinet changes would only happen after Singapore’s next general election, which should be held by November 2025.


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