SINGAPORE: The council that advises the president in the exercise of his custodial and discretionary powers has a new member —— Mr Lee Tzu Yang.
He was sworn in as a member of the Council of Presidential Advisers (CPA) on Monday morning at a ceremony presided by President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the Istana.
Mr Lee, who is Chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore, will serve for six years.
The President also re—appointed Mr Po’ad Bin Shaik Abu Bakar Mattar as a member of the CPA, for a period of four years. The former managing partner at Deloitte and Touche was first appointed to the CPA in January 2007.
Former Chief Justice, Mr Yong Pung How, who was appointed as a member of CPA in January 2007, stepped down on January 5, 2013.
The present Chairman of the CPA is Mr J Y Pillay, a former top civil servant.
The other members are Mr S Dhanabalan, Chairman of Temasek Holdings and a former Cabinet minister; Mr Goh Joon Seng, a former Supreme Court judge; Mr Bobby Chin Yoke Choong, former Chairman of the Tote Board.
The current two alternate members are Mr Lim Chee Onn, a former Cabinet minister; and Mr Stephen Lee, President of the Singapore National Employers Federation.
They step in to serve as ordinary council members when any of them are unavailable. The council advises the President in the exercise of his custodial and discretionary powers. For example, its members are consulted by the President before he considers the government budget.
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