The Cabinet reshuffle, which was announced after Mr Wong accepted President Tharman Shanmugaratnam’s invitation to form the next government – also saw Minister of State Low Yen Ling being promoted to Senior Minister of State in her current ministries: the Ministry of Culture, Community, and Youth, and the Ministry of Trade and Industry. She will also continue as mayor of the South West District.

Minister of State Desmond Tan will be promoted to Senior Minister of State. He will continue in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the National Trades Union Congress.

Senior Parliamentary Secretary Rahayu Mahzam will be promoted to Minister of State, and will take up a new appointment in the Ministry of Communications and Information.

Ms Rahayu will continue in the Ministry of Health, but will relinquish her appointment in the Ministry of Law.

Mr Lee will stay in the Cabinet as Senior Minister after stepping down as leader of the government, as announced previously. He will remain as chairman of the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council.

Two backbenchers have been appointed as political officeholders.

Bukit Batok Member of Parliament (MP) Murali Pillai will be appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and the Ministry of Transport.

Jurong GRC MP Shawn Huang will be appointed Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance.

These appointments will also be made on May 15.

The appointment holders will be sworn in on the same day, with the exception of Mr Murali who will be appointed and sworn in on Jul 1.

The Senior Parliamentary Secretaries will be appointed on May 15 and sworn in on May 24.

The last Cabinet reshuffle was in Jun 2022 when Mr Wong was promoted to Deputy Prime Minister, two months after he was named leader of PAP’s 4G team.

Mr Wong will be sworn in at 8pm on Wednesday at the Istana, making him Singapore’s fourth Prime Minister. He will take over from Mr Lee who is stepping down after 20 years as leader of the government. 

Mr Wong said last month that bigger changes to the Cabinet will likely happen only after Singapore’s next General Election, which must be held by November 2025.


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