Updated: 04/30/2014 02:19

PM Lee announces Cabinet changes to take effect 1 May

PM Lee announces Cabinet changes to take effect 1 May

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is strengthening the Cabinet line-up to see Singapore through its next phase of development. 

In the fourth round of cabinet changes announced since the 2011 General Election - Mr Lee is promoting Mr Tan Chuan-Jin and Mr Lawrence Wong to full Ministers from May the 1st. 

In a statement, Mr Lee says they've performed well since taking office, and mastered their portfolios. 

They have also worked hard on the ground, winning the respect and trust of Singaporeans. 

The Prime Ministers says he'll also strengthen his team in charge of the social sector. 

Mr Sam Tan Chin Siong, will be promoted to Minister of State. 

He has also been appointed to the Prime Minister's Office to help coordinate delivery of social policies across multiple ministries, and especially implementation on the ground. 

Mr Tan will relinquish his appointments in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Mayor, though he will continue as Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth. 

Member of Parliament for Kallang-Moulmein GRC Ms Denise Phua will take over as Mayor of Central Singa pore CDC from the next term, on the 27th of May. 

The Prime Minister will also appoint MP for Sengkang West Dr Lam Pin Min as a Minister of State for Health from August. 

Mr Lee says Dr Lam will play an important role in the ministry's efforts to review policies and develop new models of care, especially in the aged care and primary care sectors, as outlined in the Healthcare 2020 Master Plan. 

Dr Amy Khor has also been given additional responsibilities in MOH. 

As Co-Chair of the Pioneer Generation Taskforce, Dr Khor will focus on implementing the Pioneer Generation Package, and helping pioneers to understand and benefit from the Package. 

She'll relinquish her appointment as Mayor of Southwest CDC after this term. 

The fourth office holder in MOH, Parliamentary Secretary Muhammad Faishal Bin Ibrahim, will continue to drive the Ministry's initiatives to promote healthy living. 

Ms Low Yen Ling will take over from Dr Amy Khor as Mayor of Southwest CDC. 

She'll have MCCY on her portfolio, while she continues as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Social and Family Development. 

In MCCY, she will help implement the Youth Corps Singapore programme and expand youth outreach initiatives, and augment efforts to engage the arts community, and Chinese cultural and clan groups. 

Mr Lee says these changes are part of his Government's continuing leadership renewal efforts. 

He says he expects to do further reshuffles from time to time, to ensure that we always have the best team for Singapore. 

And in a Facebook post this afternoon - 

Prime Minister Lee says the Cabinet changes were made not just to strengthen it - but also help the government serve Singaporeans better, as well as form part of its continuing leadership renewal. 

Mr Lee asked all Singaporeans to give those promoted and appointed their full support, and to work with his team to build a better Singapore for all.


Dr Lam Pin Min, who's now in London for a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Executive Committee meeting, told 938LIVE the appointment will give him the opportunity to serve a bigger group of Singaporeans. 

The two-term MP has been appointed Minister of State for Health from August this year. 

"Having served in the GPC for health for the past 8 years, having been a doctor in both the public and private sectors in the past 20 years, I am keenly aware and familiar with the many healthcare concerns faced by both medical professionals and patients. These will allow me to value add MOH's efforts to review exisiting policies and new models of care to cater to the healthcare needs of Singaporeans."

Asked if being an political office holder would make him any less vocal in Parliament, Dr Lam had this to say. 

"I can still be vocal in a different capacity, most importantly, my contribution can lead to a better outcomes and I do understand that many Singaporeans are still concerned about their future healthcare needs. In fact, the PGP, the healthcare affordability for seniors for the Pioneer Generation announced at the recent Budget is an important initiative to address. And also, the soon-to-be implemented Medishield Life will serve as an universal coverage, and peace of mind to all Singaporeans."

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