Sunday, 30 March 2008

Who's in, up and out?

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has made changes to his Cabinet, which sees new Ministers appointed for Law, Education, Manpower and six promotions.

I'm going to break it down to point form for all to understand.

Who's in?

- Mr Shanmugam, a Member of Parliament for Sembawang GRC
New position: Law Minister, Second Home Affairs Minister

- Dr Ng Eng Hen
New Position: Education Minister

- Mr Gan Kim Yong
New Position: Acting Manpower Ministry and promoted to Senior Minister of State.

Who's out?
- Professor Jayakumar
With Shanmugam taking over as Law Minister, that makes Jayakumar out of the picture and is holding onto his current position; Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security. He will also continue to chair the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change.

- Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Same thing here, with Dr Ng taking over as head of Education Minstry, Tharman is out and will continue with Finance Minister.

- Dr Vivian Balakrishnan
Out as Second Minister for Information, Communications and The Arts, remain as Community Development, Youth and Sports Minister

Who's promoted?

- Mrs Lim Hwee Hua
Is promoted to Senior Minister of State, keeping her appointments in the Finance and Transport Ministries.

- Ms Grace Fu
Moves up to Senior Minister of State, receiving a new appointment in the Education Ministry, while serving her present appointment in the National Development Ministry.

- Mr Lui Tuck Yew
Promoted to Senior Minister of State and the Information, Communications and The Arts Ministry, or MICA, while continuing with his present appointment in the Education Ministry.

- Mr Heng Chee How
Appointed Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office. He will assist Mr Lim Boon Heng, the Minister in charge of ageing issues, on re-employment of older workers and active ageing programmes.

-Mr Teo Ser Luck
Promoted to Senior Parliamentary Secretary as well as an appointment in the Transport Ministry, on top of his current appointment in Community Development, Youth and Sports.

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