President Swears In New Cabinet

The new Cabinet has both experienced and younger ministers to steer Singapore through complex challenges, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after the new Cabinet was sworn in yesterday (1 Oct).

The experienced ministers will provide steady hands, while younger leaders will bring fresh perspectives.

The objectives he had in forming the team, he said, were to provide the most effective government, and to prepare the next team to take over soon after the next election, which must be held by 2021.

Speaking before Mr Lee, President Tony Tan Keng Yam noted that Singapore has continued to find strength in growing diversity, and the Government sought to engage citizens in shaping the future. But much remains to be done, he said, noting that the world economy has hit a rough patch and at home, Singapore faces challenges of an ageing population and a shrinking workforce.

He presided over the ceremony to swear in what he called a "bold, strong and forward-looking" Cabinet with experience and new faces.

Thirty-one office bearers, starting with PM Lee, took their oaths, led by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, during the one-hour ceremony at the Istana's State Room

A new committee on "The Future Economy" will be set up to look at how Singapore can continue creating opportunities and help workers and businesses adapt amid a weaker global economy and a leaner workforce. The committee will be chaired by new Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat. 

Mr Lee said the Government was planning ahead as Singaporeans expected their leaders to do so.

He also pledged to live up to the trust voters had placed in his team at the Sept 11 General Election, when about 70 per cent of voters chose the People's Action Party to form the Government.

Sources: “'Steady hands and fresh perspectives' in new Cabinet”, “Panel being set up to chart future of economy “(The Straits Times, 2 Oct 2015)

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