ILLUSTRATION. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the new Singapore Cabinet on Saturday (25/7).
Source: Channel News Asia | Editor: Khomarul Hidayat
KONTAN.CO.ID – SINGAPORE. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced Singapore’s new Cabinet on Saturday (7/25), 15 days after the People’s Action Party (PAP) won 61.24% of the votes in the 2020 General Elections.
Lee, who returned to the position of Prime Minister, said that during his upcoming leadership, he would make the handling of the corona pandemic (Covid-19) a benchmark of performance that he would bequeath to his successor.
The time period for succession will depend on the situation. “No one can know how the corona situation will develop or how long the economic crisis will occur,” he said as reported Channel News Asia.
Lee, 68, previously said he wanted to retire before he was 70 years old.
Lee stressed that there were still many unknowns about how the pandemic would develop and its impact on Singapore.
“Closed borders are a very big obstacle for tourism, for international business and Singapore is very dependent on it,” he said.
“So it really depends on the way the crisis is revealed but I will see through the crisis and I will leave Singapore in good condition to the good hands of my successors as soon as possible,” he added.
Oaths for Singapore’s new cabinet will take place next Monday.
In the new cabinet, Heng Swee Keat remained in his position as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Singapore. Heng was promoted to Deputy Prime Minister in May last year. He will also be appointed as Coordinating Minister for Economic Policy.
Heng said he would continue to support a multi-ministerial task force for handling corona as an advisor.
He added, as Coordinating Minister for Economic Policy, he would “unite” all economic institutions to focus on employment and the transformation of Singapore’s industry.
“As an adviser to the National Employment Council, I will integrate the work of the Employment Council with the work of the Future Economic Council, to ensure that our support measures are targeted and meet the needs of companies and workers,” Heng said.
Other cabinet members are Teo Chee Hean who remains Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security in Singapore. Tharman Shanmugaratnam also remains as Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policy.
Sumber : Channel News Asia
Editor: Khomarul Hidayat