PM Lee to announce cabinet reshuffle next week

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will announce cabinet reshuffle next week which will involve all 16 ministries, The Straits Times Online reported on Saturday (April 21).

However, he said in London that not all the ministers would be moving to new ministries, but for some key ministers, their portfolios will be adjusted, but basically staying in the same places.

Analysts and Singaporeans alike have been watching for signs which office holders will be moved or promoted.

The Straits Times earlier reported that three veteran ministers, Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang, 64; Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say, 63; and Information and Communications Minister Yacob Ibrahim 62, are expected to step down.

Asked about who will be the next prime minister, PM Lee said he was confident that the fourth-generation ministers were making headway in choosing a leader.

“I am quite confident that gradually they are beginning to have a sense of one another and who they would like to have to lead them,” he said.

The 4G leaders have been tasked to draft President Halimah Yacob’s inaugural address at the opening of the Parliament on May 7, which sets out the government’s agenda and policies for the remaining years of its term.