Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Singapore: Best Place to Live and Work

Updated 23 Sep 2016: Singapore still the best country for expats

S'pore has topped the table of best expatriate destinations for the 2nd year running, but Sweden is the best place for raising children, while Switzerland offers the best wages, according to an influential global survey.

The UK & the US, meanwhile, languished around mid-table on HSBC's 9th annual Expat Explorer survey.

Almost two thirds of "expats" told HSBC that their overall quality of life improved after moving to Singapore. HSBC defines an expat as any adult currently living away from their country of origin, and interviewed almost 27,000 people in 190 countries to get its findings.


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Rich expats rank Singapore number 1 in the world

Rich expats rank Singapore the best place to live and work, according to a survey by HSBC Expat Explorer.

Financially, expats in Singapore earn the highest in the world at an average of US$159,000 a year as compared to the global average of US$104,000 a year.  65% said they have greater disposable income and 60% said they are able to save more as compared to where they were at their home country. Only 16% said they saved lesser in Singapore. As Singapore has the lowest income tax among the developed countries, these expats take home more cash as compared to countries like Australia and New Zealand.

In quality of life, 67% of the Singapore expats said they now enjoy a better quality of life. 65% of them also said the health and well-being of their children and themselves have also improved. 87% also praised Singapore for being a safe country.

related: DPM Tharman: Market forces will mean Sporeans have a lower standard of living

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Singapore: Classy Life in Southeast Asia
Singapore, regarded as one of the "Four Asian Tigers" for its rapid economic growth in the later decades of the 20th century, provides an attractive choice for expats looking for high income and living standards. The small city-state also ranks fourth in terms of family well-being, third in regard to the quality of education, and sixth for health, safety, and well-being in general; the impressive results in these subcategories should guarantee that expat parents, too, are satisfied with life in Singapore.

Moving to Singapore is made easier by a welcoming atmosphere (ranked 7th in the Feeling Welcome subcategory) and four official languages, including English (3rd in the Language subcategory). The friendliness of the local population, however, is below average, ranking 47th, affording the country an overall good 21st position in the Ease of Settling In Index.

Expats in Singapore do not have much to complain about regarding their living environment. Even though the city is one of the major commercial hubs in Asia and packed with people, an astonishing 71% of respondents in Singapore find the overall peacefulness to be very good, a score that only 39% of their global peers give to their corresponding host countries. The quality of the environment receives excellent grades, too, as 87% rate it positively compared to a global 64%.

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60% of financial services expats want to stay in Singapore for good: survey

The Singapore Business Review recently revealed that as much as 60% of foreign staff in financial services say they plan to apply for Singapore permanent residency. This compares with just 17% who said they did not intend to do so. The reason given by these expats for wanting to stay is the attractive pay rates.

According to the article, average salaries in the financial services sector top $138,000 while management consultants can earn almost $123,000 on average. 67% said they now enjoy better quality of life in Singapore while 65% said the health and well-being of they children have improved since they moved here. It is not difficult to imagine how high incomes lead to improved lifestyles and comforts. With the high cost of living, in fact the highest in the world (link), it takes a good amount of money to have good quality of life, improved health and improved well-being. Just basic groceries alone in Singapore cost 11% more than in New York.

Being a permanent resident of Singapore has many advantages. One would have no need to apply for and renew work visas hence, could more easily change jobs. Spouse and children will receive the same PR status while aged parents will be able to obtain long term stay visas to help families stay together. A permanent resident could also buy subsidized HDB flats, and enjoy subsidized health care. As a PR, the employer is now required to make monthly contributions to one’s Central Provident Fund (CPF).

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SINGAPORE BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD TO LIVE & WORK FOR EXPATS

In the latest HSBC Expat Explorer poll, Singapore has been given the dubious honour of being one of the best places in the world to live and work for expatriates. Respondents said that Singapore offered the right balance of career opportunities, lifestyles, as well as a stable economy.

The poll sought the views of 21,950 individuals from 39 countries and asked them to rank countries based on career prospects, financial well being, quality of life and ease of settling for partners and children as expatriates.

Singapore beat all other countries in terms of expatriates' confidence for the country's economy, with 79% of expatriates expressing confidence in Singapore's economic fortunes.

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Singapore comes in 22nd on this list of the world’s foreign-born populations

Here’s a list that we aren’t number one on: the countries with the highest proportions of foreign-born people residing in them.

With all our complaints about the number of foreigners we’ve been letting in over the past decade or so, it’s worth seeing how we stack up against the rest of the world on this front.

Thankfully, the UN did estimates of the world’s population and where it resides from 2013 data, and the great folks at FiveThirtyEight.com put it into a handy table, which you’ll see below:

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Best Places to Be an Expat Around the World
Singapore’s skyline is a jagged collection of business buildings. (Photo: Alexandra E. Petri)


Singapore offers “safety, economic stability, higher salary, career advancement,” one expat says. The country offers an improved quality of life, greater economic opportunities, incredible food, and a great environment to raise children.

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Great Places to Become an Expat
Singapore is a great getaway but not a cheap one. (Photo: Thinkstock)

Singapore is Southeast Asia’s best bet for a safe, convenient, and comfortable base for affluent professionals carving out a niche in the Far East. Easy air access from pretty much anywhere appeals to jet-set expats as does the sophisticated culinary scene, high-tech infrastructure, and global culture.

With one of the world’s most expensive real estate markets as well as rising rental prices and cost of living, Singapore isn’t for expats on a budget.

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Should You Apply to Become a Permanent Resident of Singapore?
Ready to Become a Singapore PR?

Perhaps it’s the sunshine, or the food, or the shopping, or the idyllic location in SE Asia or some combination, but many expats will consider becoming a permanent resident of Singapore (PR).

Designed as a step between foreigner and citizen, becoming a PR allows expats to show a strong commitment to living and working in Singapore. While it can be a stepping stone to citizenship, many expats choose to become PRs without ever applying for citizenship.

Are the benefits worth the application and vetting process? To help you decide if permanent residency is for you, we’ve laid out the major benefits and cons to consider before deciding.

related: What I Wish Someone Had Told Me (About Living in Singapore)

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Chasing the Singapore Dream
Yes, I'm for it

We belong to a fortunate generation that is reaping the prodigious benefits of globalisation and technology. It's so easy to move from one part of the world to another these days. And everyone's doing it.

With all my heart, I would love to take on the adventure that comes with living overseas, too. I would love the independence, the freedom, the change. To be young and reckless - yes, I'd like that very much.

Yet, in the long run, I'd still like some place to which I can return.

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Singapore: Best Place to Live and Work
Plight Of The Tissue Peddlers
Have you ever Spoken to a Cardboard Uncle or Aunty?
Singapore’s Story: What comes next
Singapore at 50: From swamp to skyscrapers
Singapore Good Old Times
The Poor & Homeless in Singapore
Support for the Needy and Elderly
The Singapore Story
Other Side of The Singapore Story

ChasingThe Singapore Dream
To Be Or Not To Be Singaporeans
Longing for the good old days
Singapore: A Sampan or a Cruise ship?
Singapore at 50: From swamp to skyscrapers
Singapore is ‘World’s Costliest City To Live In’
Coping with Inflation & Cost Of Living
COL goes Up, Up, Up!
Singapore “Swiss” Standard of Living
Tackling poverty the 'kuih lapis' way
Callings for a Poverty Line
Setting a poverty line may not be helpful
A minimum wage for Singapore?

No homeless,destitute starving people in S'pore:Poverty has been eradicated
Growing Up With Less

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Ministers Using FB To Slam Haze

PSI Levels Soar, Causing Tensions To Boil

As the haze situations reach critical levels on Friday (25 Sept), tensions begin to boil. Singapore has been cloaked in smog from Indonesia’s for about three weeks. Primary, secondary and MOE-run kindergartens were closed on Friday as the PSI levels climbed into hazardous levels. Free masks were also distributed in community-centres.

As PSI levels rise, so did did tempers.

Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam took it to Facebook to question the Indonesian government whom he mentions have “a complete disregard for our people, and their own”.

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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s Facebook post

The air quality worsened into the “very unhealthy” range today. The PSI for the next 24 hours is expected to remain “very unhealthy”, and may even go into the “hazardous” range.

This is why we are closing all primary and secondary schools tomorrow. We are also giving out N95 masks to vulnerable and needy Singaporeans at community clubs from 10am to 10pm tomorrow. Those who are eligible include: blue CHAS card holders; Pioneer Generation card holders; ComCare recipients above 62 years old; and ComCare recipients with long-term medical issues. Volunteers will visit residents who are unable to go to the CCs on their own.

There is no national shutdown of work, but employers should not compromise on the health and safety of their employees, especially those working outdoors.

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Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean’s Facebook post

My Indonesian counterpart, Coordinating Minister Luhut Panjaitan, phoned me this afternoon. He assured me that the Indonesian government is taking the haze very seriously and deploying more troops to deal with the fires.

I thanked him, and told him that Singapore too is taking the haze very seriously. We closed schools last Friday when the PSI reached hazardous levels, and I was at that very moment of his phone call, visiting my elderly and vulnerable residents to check on their well-being, and distributing masks. I informed him that we receive many questions from Singaporeans and the international community, and will have to let them know, factually, the seriousness of the haze situation.

I also informed him that Singapore’s offer to assist Indonesia in our own small way to put out the fires still stands – it would be a sign of cooperation between our two countries, so that Indonesians and Singaporeans need not suffer the haze.

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Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam’s Facebook post

The Indonesian government has said that it is taking steps to deal with the problem. We hope those steps will lead to lasting outcomes, and we are prepared with work with Indonesia on this.

Yet at the same time, we are hearing some shocking statements made, at senior levels, from Indonesia, with a complete disregard for our people, and their own – PSI levels in parts of Indonesia are at almost 2,000 (PSI above 350 is considered hazardous in Indonesia).

How is it possible for senior people in government to issue such statements, without any regard for their people, or ours, and without any embarrassment, or sense of responsibility?

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Minister Tan Chuan-Jin Facebook post

"Look at how long they have enjoyed fresh air from our green environment and forests when there were no fires. Could be months. Are they grateful? But when forest fires occur, a month at the most, haze pollutes their regions. So why should there be an apology?"

Yusuf Kalla repeats this again. And again. While we get affected, particularly when the wind blows more directly, guess who bears the greatest impact...daily... at PSI levels of 1900?

It's not what is said that's important, crass as it may be. But what it reveals of the deeper sentiments and thinking the individual, and perhaps others hold, in the way they regard their neighbors.

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Minister Vivian.Balakrishnan post on Facebook

Ongoing investigations by NEA have indicated that the haze may have been related to fires in lands held via concessions by four Indonesian companies, namely:
  1. PT Rimba Hutani Mas;
  2. PT Sebangun Bumi Andalas Wood Industries;
  3. PT Bumi Sriwijaya Sentosa; and
  4. PT Wachyuni Mandira.
NEA has sent Preventive Measure Notices under Section 9 of the THPA to these four companies, requesting them to carry out the following:
  1. Deploy fire-fighting personnel to extinguish or prevent the spread of any fire on land owned or occupied by them;
  2. Discontinue, or not to commence, any burning activities on such land;
  3. Submit to NEA any plan of action to extinguish any fire on such land or to prevent its recurrence.
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Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong post on Facebook

Merlion is mythical like the Garuda and will not be affected by the haze. But we humans will be, not just now but also in the long term if haze continues year after year.

We can hand out face masks and take precautionary measures but the real solution is to tackle the cause at source. If Indonesia can stamp out illegal burning, they will gain investor confidence in their abilities to tackle other complex challenges.

The haze is their litmus test for effective administration and regional leadership. We all see it, breathe it; and there is no hiding. --- gct

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Singapore should help solve haze issue, not just talk about it: Indonesian V-P Jusuf Kalla
Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla said that Singapore should help solve haze issue, not just talk about it.PHOTO: AFP

The Indonesian government welcomes any country, including Singapore, that wants to help extinguish forest and land fires in the country to remove the haze, Vice-President Jusuf Kalla has said.

"Go ahead, we are open. Singapore can come and see for themselves if they want to help. Don't just talk (about it)," said Mr Kalla on Sunday (Sept 27) in New York, according to a report by the Antara news agency.

Singapore has previously expressed frustration with Indonesia regarding the smog that has affected the country and expressed its willingness help to battle the fires - offers that Indonesia has so far rejected.

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Indonesia open to help from any country, including Singapore: VP Jusuf Kalla

The Indonesian government is open to help from any country, including Singapore, if they wish to assist in fighting the forest fires that are causing the haze in the region, Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla said on Sunday (Sep 27).

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York, Mr Kalla said the Indonesian government has noted Singapore’s protests against the haze.

Local news agency Antara News quoted Mr Kalla as saying.
"Please come, we are open. Singapore can see for itself. Singapore, please come if you want to help. Don't just talk,"
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Indonesia, Singapore trade barbs over haze

Indonesian officials had shown "a complete disregard for our people, and their own" in their handling of the fires, Singapore Foreign and Law Minister K Shanmugam said in a Facebook post last week.

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla on Sunday urged Singapore to act on its offer to help fight the fires.

"Singapore can join and see for themselves. Don't just talk," Kalla was quoted as saying by Antara during a visit to New York.

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Merlion and Garuda

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong yesterday wrote a post on Facebook directed at Indonesia and the haze crisis.

"Merlion is mythical like the Garuda and will not be affected by the haze. But we humans will be, not just now but also in the long term if haze continues year after year," he said. The Merlion and Garuda are associated with Singapore and Indonesia respectively.

"If Indonesia can stamp out illegal burning, they will gain investor confidence in their abilities to tackle other complex challenges. The haze is their litmus test for effective administration and regional leadership. We all see it, breathe it; and there is no hiding."

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Let's take a common problem - your neighbor burns joss stick and incense paper everyday thereby creating smoke and ash in his house as well as yours. To him, he is appeasing his God and so he has to bear the smoke and ash.

But to you, your health is affected and so what should you do?
  • Suffer in silence
  • Pray for Rain to wash away the smoke and ash
  • Complain to everyone in your FaceBook
  • Speak to him to solve the problem
  • Build a high wall to keep away smoke and ash
  • Retaliate by doing the same
  • Report to the Police
  • Sue him in Court of Law
The course of your action would definitely affect your relationship with your neighbor.


Monday, 28 September 2015

Singapore PM unveils new cabinet

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday announced the new cabinet, including newly- introduced coordinating ministers.

The key change to the cabinet is the introduction of three coordinating ministers, each of whom will oversee a handful of related ministries. Teo Chee Hean, Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Khaw Boon Wan were named as the ministers. The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Trade and Industry will each have two full ministers, overseeing separate aspects within the ministry.

In total, there will be 20 cabinet members, up from 19. Half of the 20 members were elected in the last three general elections, and half are below 55 years old.

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Letter from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to PAP MPs on Rules of Prudence
  • It is a tradition for the Prime Minister to send a letter on “Rules of Prudence” to all the PAP MPs after an election.  The context each time may be different but the subject remains constant, because integrity, honesty and incorruptibility are fundamental to our Party.  We must never tire of reminding ourselves of their importance.
  • Our Party has won 83 out of 89 seats in the just concluded General Election, with all seats contested. Overall, the PAP won 69.9% of the votes.
  • The people have endorsed what we have done in the previous term, and given us a clear mandate to take Singapore forward beyond SG50.  Now we must fulfil what we have promised to do in our manifesto. We must never break faith with the people, but must always carry out our duties to them responsibly, address their worries and advance their interests.
  • Be humble in victory. As MPs, always remember we are servants of the people, not masters. Do not mistake the strong election result to mean that our efforts have succeeded, and that we can afford to slacken. Much work remains to be done tackling issues which concern Singaporeans, and finding new ways to improve people’s lives. Listen hard to voter concerns, help them to tackle pressing needs, and convey their worries and aspirations to the Government. Persuade them to support policies which are in their own long term benefit, while helping the Government to formulate good policies and stay in close touch with the people.
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Is it hard to be humble?

THE Prime Minister’s note to parliamentarians says this:
“Be humble in victory. As MPs, always remember we are servants of the people, not masters. Do not mistake the strong election result to mean that our efforts have succeeded, and that we can afford to slacken. Much work remains to be done tackling issues which concern Singaporeans, and finding new ways to improve people’s lives. Listen hard to voter concerns, help them to tackle pressing needs, and convey their worries and aspirations to the Government. Persuade them to support policies which are in their own long term benefit, while helping the Government to formulate good policies and stay in close touch with the people.”
Humility is a trait that emerged during the general election. In fact, candidates of the People’s Action Party are so “nice” that you wonder if they had any personality at all! I almost wished someone had said something outrageous or revolutionary instead of blending into the white background. The rhetoric, even that aimed at Singapore Democratic Party’s Chee Soon Juan, is quite muted compared to the combative days of the past. In fact, there was even a sort of olive branch extended to the opposition after the GE: that there was a possibility that the opposition can work together with the ruling party in the interest of Singapore.

Beyond nice-sounding phrases in measured tones, what does “humility” actually translate into in this post-GE phase? I suppose we have to analyse its opposite: arrogance.

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4th-generation leaders get key posts in Cabinet reshuffle
Newly elected members of the fourth-generation leadership Ng Chee Meng (left) and Ong Ye Kung have been appointed co-Acting Ministers for Education.PHOTOS: ST FILE, PAP

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Monday that he is moving boldly to put members of the fourth-generation leadership in positions of heavy responsibility so that a new team can be ready to take over from him shortly after the next General Election.

Speaking at a press conference to announce the new Cabinet following the Sept 11 polls, where the ruling PAP won 69.9 per cent of the vote, PM Lee affirmed that his successor would be from this new Cabinet - if not, "something would have gone unexpectedly", he said at the Istana on Monday.

Newly elected members of the fourth-generation leadership Ng Chee Meng and Ong Ye Kung have been appointed co-Acting Ministers for Education, while returning MPs like Ministers Grace Fu and Masagos Zulkifli have been given their own ministries to helm for the first time.

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How much does Singapore spend on political appointments?
AFP News - Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (L) gestures next to Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies Tharman Shanmugaratnam (R) during a news conference at the Istana presidential palace in Singapore on September 28, 2015. Lee unveiled his new cabinet after the ruling People’s Action Party’s landslide victory in the September 11 parliamentary election. Lee retained his core team of ministers but named younger politicians to key positions in the cabinet. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

When Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced his new cabinet and political appointments last Monday (28 September), one of the moves involved appointing two ministers of equal standing to both the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and the Ministry of Education (MOE).

The two new Education ministers, Ong Ye Kung and Ng Chee Meng, both won their seats for the first time in the recent General Elections. Two new Coordinating Minister posts were also created — for Economic and Social Policies, and Infrastructure, joining the previous Coordinating Minister for National Security.

In total, there are now 54 political appointments, including Ministers of State and Parliamentary Secretaries. This is one more than the estimated number of political appointments in the Budget for 2015.

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Singapore replaces finance minister in reshuffle
Then Monetary Authority of Singapore managing director Heng Swee Keat speaks at the World Islamic Banking Conference in Manama in this 2009 file photo. Singapore's new finance minister will be Heng, replacing Tharman Shanmugaratnam who will remain deputy prime minister in a new cabinet. (Reuters photo)

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong replaced his finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle after a landslide election win earlier this month, tapping some younger faces as he prepares his party for a leadership transition.

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam will step down as finance minister, according to a statement on Monday from the Prime Minister's Office. Former central bank managing director Heng Swee Keat, who held the education portfolio, becomes finance minister.

The lineup includes fresh entrants such as former defence force chief Ng Chee Meng, who becomes joint acting education minister alongside Ong Ye Kung, who is director of group strategy at Keppel Corp.

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PM Lee unveils new Cabinet of 20 ministers

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced Singapore's new Cabinet on Monday (Sept 28). Mr Teo Chee Hean and Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam continue to be Deputy Prime Ministers, but they are also appointed as Coordinating Ministers, who will oversee a handful of related Ministries.

DPM Teo will be Coordinating Minister for National Security. He relinquishes his role as Minister for Home Affairs.

DPM Shanmugaratnam will be Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies. He relinquishes his role as Minister for Finance.

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New Singapore Cabinet line-up shows changes in almost all ministries
In one of the most radical Cabinet reshuffles in recent years, Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong today announced a new expanded line-up where nearly all ministries will undergo leadership changes

Among the changes will see deputy prime ministers Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Teo Chee Hean relinquish their previous portfolios of Finance and Home Affairs respectively, to focus on their roles as "coordinating ministers".

Education minister Heng Swee Keat will take over as finance minister while K Shanmugam will be appointed home affairs minister – a portfolio which he had previously helmed briefly – while concurrently remaining the law minister.

Vivian Balakrishnan will become minister for foreign affairs, while Masagos Zulkifli will take over him as minister for environment and water resources.

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Cabinet changes take effect Oct 1; Khaw Boon Wan to be new Transport minister

Mr Khaw Boon Wan will be the new Transport Minister, in Cabinet changes announced on Monday that also see members of the fourth-generation leadership being put in positions of heavy responsibility.

Mr Lawrence Wong, the former Culture, Community and Youth minister,will take over Mr Khaw's National Development ministry.

The changes - which will take effect from Oct 1 - will also see Deputy Prime Ministers Teo Chee Hean and Tharman Shanmugaratnam take on Coordinating Ministers roles.

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Big responsibilities to ‘test and stretch’ next-generation leaders: PM Lee

Two weeks after his ruling party’s victory at the polls, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday (Sep 28) named his new Cabinet in what he called a “bold move” to get a team ready to take over soon after the next General Election.

“It is a transition team, so it is bigger than usual. More ministries will see a change of ministers,” said Mr Lee of the slate of 37 office holders, up from the previous 33. Of these, 20 are full or acting Ministers.

“We don’t have time to lose,” said Mr Lee, adding that he would “aggressively prepare a new team to take Singapore forward”.

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Halimah to be nominated as Speaker of Parliament again, Chan Chun Sing appointed Government Whip
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will nominate Halimah Yacob to be the Speaker of Parliament when the House convenes in January, said a statement from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Monday. PHOTO: SPH

PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong will nominate Halimah Yacob to be the Speaker of Parliament when the House convenes in January, said a statement from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Monday.

Chan Chun Sing, Minister in the PMO and Member of Parliament (MP) for Tanjong Pagar GRC (group representation constituency), has been appointed the Government Whip.

He will be assisted by two deputies: Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and MP for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC; and Sam Tan, Minister of State in the PMO and Ministry of Manpower and MP for Radin Mas SMC (single member constituency).

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Everything you need to know about the latest Cabinet reshuffle in 60 seconds

The cabinet reshuffle sees the creation of Coordinating Ministers, who will oversee national security, economic and social policies and infrastructure. Other than, erm, coordinate, they will also guide the new Ministers.

DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam will give up his Finance portfolio as he is going to be pretty busy as a Coordinating Minister for economic and social policies, DPM Teo Chee Hean will relinquish his Home Affairs portfolio and oversee national security and Khaw Boon Wan – PAP’s chairman – will look after infrastructure, which will means that he is likely to “ownself check ownself” as his new Transport ministry falls under infrastructure.

Key ministerial changes:
  • Foreign Affairs – Vivian Balakrishnan
  • Home Affairs – K Shanmugam
  • Trade and Industry – Lim Hng Kiang (Trade), Iswaran (Industry)
  • Finance – Heng Swee Keat
  • Transport – Khaw Boon Wan
  • National Development – Lawrence Wong
  • Environment and Water Resources – Masagos Zulkifli
  • Culture, Community and Youth – Grace Fu
Life goes on for the rest of them:
  • Minister of Defence – Ng Eng Hen
  • PMO / Labour Chief – Chan Chun Sing
  • Manpower – Lim Swee Say
  • Communications and Information – Yaacob Ibrahim
  • Law – K Shanmugam
  • Health – Gan Kim Yong
  • Social and Family Development – Tan Chuan-Jin
The new faces:
  • Ng Chee Meng (NEW MINISTER) - Acting Minister of Education (Schools)/Senior Minister of State; Transport
  • Ong Ye Kung (NEW MINISTER) - Acting Minister of Education (Higher Education and Skills)/Senior Minister of State; Defence
  • Chee Hong Tat - Minister of State; Communications and Information/Minister of State; Health
  • Koh Poh Koon - Minister of State; Trade and Industry/Minister of State; National Development (from 1 Jan 2016)
  • Amrin Amin - Parliamentary Secretary; Home Affairs
The promoted backbenchers:
  • Janil Puthucheary - Minister of State; Communications and Information (from 1 Jan 2016)/Minister of State; Education (from 1 Jan 2016)
  • Baey Yam Keng - Parliamentary Secretary; Community, Culture and Youth
The ones promoted from Ministers of State to Senior Ministers of State:
  • Sim Ann - Senior Minister of State; Finance/Senior Minister of State; Community, Culture and Youth
  • Maliki bin Osman - Senior Minister of State; Foreign Affairs/Senior Minister of State; Defence (unchanged)
  • Desmond Lee - Senior Minister of State; Home Affairs/Senior Minister of State; National Development
The retirees:
  • Lee Yi Shyan - Last-held appiontments: Senior Minister of State, Trade and Industry/Senior Minister of State, National Development
  • Lui Tuck Yew - Last-held appointments: Minister of Transport/Second Minister of Defence
  • Hawazi Daipi - Last-held appointments: Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Manpower/Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Education
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New Cabinet Announced: Newbies, New Roles, and Ah Loong Stays!
Singapore’s new Cabinet line-up has been announced

For the first time, we’ll have 3 “Coordinating Ministers”, Teo Chee Hean, Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Khaw Boon Wan. Khaw will take on the problematic portfolio of Transport Minister, in addition to overseeing infrastructure development. His National Development posts goes to Lawrence Wong.

In another notable swop, former Monetary Authority of Singapore head honcho Heng Swee Keat has been appointed Finance Minister, making way for cabinet newbies Ng Chee Meng and Ong Ye Kung to take over the education portfolio. Teo Chee Hean will continue to oversee national security, while Tharman Shanmugaratnam now takes on a broader role as Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies. The two have retained their posts as Deputy Prime Ministers.

With the haze problem looming, Vivian Balakrishnan will be relieved to relinquish his position as head of Environment and Water Resources. That post has gone to Masagos Zulkifli, who was just recently promoted to a full minister in the Prime Minister’s Office. And yes, PM Lee Hsien Loong remains as PM Lee Hsien Loong.

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Let’s Welcome Our Brave Paratroopers Who Made the Leap (and Those Who Didn’t)

Falling from the sky, they crawled through the mud and dug in. Just like the paratroopers of yore, only this time in the political battlefield. Some didn’t make cabinet, but they might in the future. After all, PM Lee’s says that its time for a revamp of the leadership. For now, let’s welcome our paratroopers who made the leap. Well done, soldiers!


Koh Poh Koon (Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development)

Ong Ye Kung (Acting Education Minister)

Ng Chee Meng (Acting Education Minister)

And the rest of the paratroopers who will have to sit out this round in Cabinet:
Melvin Yong

Desmond Choo

Darryl David

Joan Pereira

Sun Xueling
And now the notable mentions:
Tin Pei Ling

Lee Yi Shyan
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Full Coverage:
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announces Singapore's new Cabinet
Big responsibilities to 'test and stretch' next-generation leaders: PM Lee
4th-generation leaders get key posts in Cabinet reshuffle
PM Lee unveils new Cabinet line-up
PM Lee Hsien Loong reveals new Cabinet line-up
More office holders in new Singapore Cabinet, leadership renewal emphasised
PM Lee unveils new Cabinet of 20 ministers
Cabinet line-up: Leadership changes in almost all ministries
Cabinet changes take effect Oct 1; Khaw Boon Wan to be new Transport minister