(From left) Ms Indranee Rajah, Mr Baey Yam Keng, Mr Amrin Amin. (Photos: MCI)
SINGAPORE: Ms Indranee Rajah will be promoted to be Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced in a Cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday (Apr 24).
Ms Indranee, 55, will also be Second Minister for Finance and Education.
She will be the third female full minister in the Cabinet, joining Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu and Mrs Josephine Teo, who was appointed Manpower Minister in the current reshuffle.
The current Senior Minister of State (SMS) for Finance and Law will also be appointed Second Minister for Law until Jun 30 when Mr Edwin Tong becomes SMS in the ministry.
Mr Lee also announced other promotions and transfers in the changes that he had said will give younger ministers greater exposure.
Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) Baey Yam Keng, 47, will be promoted to Senior Parliamentary Secretary (SPS) for Transport and will continue at MCCY.
Parliamentary Secretary Amrin Amin, 40, will be promoted to SPS and continue in both the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Home Affairs.
OTHER CHANGES IN POLITICAL APPOINTMENTS
Mr Heng Chee How, 56, will be appointed SMS for Defence. He will relinquish his appointment in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
Ms Sim Ann, 43, will be appointed SMS in the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI). She will continue in MCCY but will relinquish her appointment in the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI).
Mr Chee Hong Tat, 45, will be appointed SMS for Trade and Industry and for Education. He will relinquish his appointments in MCI and the Ministry of Health.
Dr Janil Puthucheary will be appointed SMS in the Ministry of Transport. He will continue at MCI but will relinquish his appointment in the Ministry of Education (MOE).
Dr Koh Poh Koon will relinquish his appointment in the Ministry of National Development but will continue as SMS at MTI. Dr Koh was appointed deputy secretary-general of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) on Monday.