Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the fourth round of Cabinet changes since the General Election in 2011, promoting Mr Tan Chuan-Jin and Mr Lawrence Wong to full minister.
Mr Lee said both had performed well since taking office, and had mastered their portfolios, adding: “They have also worked hard on the ground, winning the respect and trust of Singaporeans." Mr Tan is now Acting Manpower Minister, while Mr Wong is Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth. They will retain their portfolios.
Announcing the changes in a press statement on Tuesday, Mr Lee said that as Singapore goes through an important transition, the major policy shifts being made “require good political leadership, close coordination across ministries, effective ground implementation, and strong support from Singaporeans”.
He noted a few areas - manpower, sports, culture, youth, and health - that the Government was focusing on.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the fourth round of Cabinet changes since the General Election in 2011, promoting Mr Tan Chuan-Jin (left) and Mr Lawrence Wong to full minister. -- PHOTOS: ARTHUR LEE/ MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN
Along with these promotions, other Cabinet appointments were also announced to boost the teams in charge of the social sector and health.
Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry for Culture, Community and Youth Sam Tan, will be promoted to Minister of State. He will be appointed to the Prime Minister’s Office to help coordinate social policies across multiple ministries, and especially implementation on the ground.
He will relinquish his appointments in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Mayor of Central Singapore District to focus on these new tasks.
Ms Denise Phua will take over as Mayor in the next term.
Sengkang West MP Lam Pin Min will be appointed an additional Minister of State for Health, joining Dr Amy Khor, who has been made co-chair of the Pioneer Generation Taskforce.
Dr Khor will relinquish her appointment as Mayor of Southwest CDC after this term, a role which Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Social and Family Development Low Yen Ling will take over. Ms Low will also assume the appointment of parliamentary secretary at MCCY.
The changes take effect on Thursday. Ms Phua's, Dr Khor's and Ms Low's will take effect on May 27, while Dr Lam's will take effect on Aug 1.
The bio-data on those who have been promoted:
1. Tan Chuan-Jin
Age: 45
Education: Master’s in public management from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Master’s in defence studies from King’s College London, BSc (Economics) from London School of Economics
Joined politics: 2011
Career highlights: Former brigadier-general who was commander of the Singapore Armed Forces’ Army Training and Doctrine Command, led SAF’s relief effort in Aceh after the 2004 tsunami, organised 2009 National Day Parade 
Family: Married with two children
2. Lawrence Wong
Age: 41
Education: Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, Master’s in Economics from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, BSc in Economics from University of Wisconsin-Madison
Joined politics: 2011
Career highlights: Chief executive of statutory board Energy Market Authority, principal private secretary to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and director of healthcare finance at the Ministry of Health
Marital status: Divorced
3. Sam Tan
Age: 55
Education: Bachelor of Arts at National University of Singapore
Career highlights: Executive director of the Chinese Development Assistance Council
Joined politics: 2006
Family: Married with three children
4. Lam Pin Min
Age: 44
Education: Diploma of Aviation Medicine (Royal College of Physicians), Master’s in Medicine (National University of Singapore), Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh
Career highlights: Director of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus service at Eagle Eye Centre, Mount Alvernia Hospital
Joined politics: 2006
Family: Married with two children 
5. Low Yen Ling
Age: 39
Education: Bachelor of Business (with Honours) at Nanyang Technological University
Career highlights: Worked at several banks and the Economic Development Board before becoming chief executive of networking group Business China
Joined politics: 2011
Family: Married with two sons

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the fourth round of Cabinet changes since the General Election in 2011, promoting Mr Tan Chuan-Jin and Mr Lawrence Wong to full minister.

Mr Lee said both had performed well since taking office, and had mastered their portfolios, adding: “They have also worked hard on the ground, winning the respect and trust of Singaporeans." Mr Tan is now Acting Manpower Minister, while Mr Wong is Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth. They will retain their portfolios.

Announcing the changes in a press statement on Tuesday, Mr Lee said that as Singapore goes through an important transition, the major policy shifts being made “require good political leadership, close coordination across ministries, effective ground implementation, and strong support from Singaporeans”.

He noted a few areas - manpower, sports, culture, youth, and health - that the Government was focusing on.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the fourth round of Cabinet changes since the General Election in 2011, promoting Mr Tan Chuan-Jin and Mr Lawrence Wong to full minister.

Along with these promotions, other Cabinet appointments were also announced to boost the teams in charge of the social sector and health.

Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry for Culture, Community and Youth Sam Tan, will be promoted to Minister of State. He will be appointed to the Prime Minister’s Office to help coordinate social policies across multiple ministries, and especially implementation on the ground.

He will relinquish his appointments in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Mayor of Central Singapore District to focus on these new tasks.

Ms Denise Phua will take over as Mayor in the next term.

Sengkang West MP Lam Pin Min will be appointed an additional Minister of State for Health, joining Dr Amy Khor, who has been made co-chair of the Pioneer Generation Taskforce.

Dr Khor will relinquish her appointment as Mayor of Southwest CDC after this term, a role which Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Social and Family Development Low Yen Ling will take over. Ms Low will also assume the appointment of parliamentary secretary at MCCY.

The changes take effect on Thursday. Ms Phua's, Dr Khor's and Ms Low's will take effect on May 27, while Dr Lam's will take effect on Aug 1.

The bio-data on those who have been promoted:

1. Tan Chuan-Jin

Age: 45

Education: Master’s in public management from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Master’s in defence studies from King’s College London, BSc (Economics) from London School of Economics

Joined politics: 2011

Career highlights: Former brigadier-general who was commander of the Singapore Armed Forces’ Army Training and Doctrine Command, led SAF’s relief effort in Aceh after the 2004 tsunami, organised 2009 National Day Parade 

Family: Married with two children

2. Lawrence Wong

Age: 41

Education: Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, Master’s in Economics from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, BSc in Economics from University of Wisconsin-Madison

Joined politics: 2011

Career highlights: Chief executive of statutory board Energy Market Authority, principal private secretary to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and director of healthcare finance at the Ministry of Health

Marital status: Divorced

3. Sam Tan

Age: 55

Education: Bachelor of Arts at National University of Singapore

Career highlights: Executive director of the Chinese Development Assistance Council

Joined politics: 2006

Family: Married with three children

4. Lam Pin Min

Age: 44

Education: Diploma of Aviation Medicine (Royal College of Physicians), Master’s in Medicine (National University of Singapore), Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh

Career highlights: Director of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus service at Eagle Eye Centre, Mount Alvernia Hospital

Joined politics: 2006

Family: Married with two children 

5. Low Yen Ling

Age: 39

Education: Bachelor of Business (with Honours) at Nanyang Technological University

Career highlights: Worked at several banks and the Economic Development Board before becoming chief executive of networking group Business China

Joined politics: 2011

Family: Married with two sons