On Monday Jul 27th, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the new political office holders will bring with them fresh ideas and perspectives which will gain the confidence of Singaporeans, during their swearing-in ceremony.
Two locations, the Istana and Parliament House, were chosen as swearing-in places for thirty-three office holders. The ceremony which was broadcast live on national television and was presided over by President Halimah Yacob.
Linked by live video to the Istana where Mdm Halimah was presiding, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat and several office holders took their oaths at Parliament House. The Cabinet is also highlighted by Mr Lee as a multi-racial one, comprising of seven non-Chinese ministers out of the 20 full ministers.
Mr Lee added that a combination of ministers and office holders from “successive generations” is also in the team.
Mr Lee explains“The more senior ones have seen Singapore through past crises, and can offer valuable guidance and views to help overcome the challenges we face. The younger ministers are increasingly taking the lead, setting the agenda and engaging Singaporeans.”
“The new office holders will bring with them fresh ideas and perspectives, and work hard to master the issues. It is a team that Singaporeans can be confident in, and one that will walk with you every step of the way.”
Dr Tan See Leng, 55, who was appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, and new Ministers of State Mr Desmond Tan, 50, Ms Gan Siow Huang, 45, Mr Tan Kiat How, 43, and Mr Alvin Tan, 40 are all new office holders and first-term Members of Parliament as well.
Mr Lee said in his speech that sound institutions and high-quality political leadership are crucial for good politics.
Mr Lee explains that“More than other countries, Singapore needs leaders who are capable and committed, men and women who have the courage of their convictions, who command the respect of Singaporeans and who can mobilise the population to achieve great things together.” “
In this election, you have voted for me and my PAP team. With your mandate, I have formed the strongest Cabinet I could, to take Singapore through this crisis and beyond.”
As Mr Lee asked for Singaporeans’ support for the new Government, the work of the new Cabinet has already begun.
“The elections are behind us. Whatever our political persuasions, never forget that we are first and foremost Singaporeans. Let us all unite and focus our energies on the major challenges ahead,” he said.
Singapore needs to be vigilant amid the COVID-19 situation on the challenges ahead, as it gets the economy going again, said Mr Lee, though the Government must also look further ahead.
“Beyond the ongoing crisis, the Government must also keep our eyes firmly on the future; one day, the pandemic will be over, and the economic crisis will pass. When that day comes, we have to be ready for the post-COVID-19 world,” he said.
“Our aim is not just to survive this storm, but also to set the long-term direction for our country. We must keep on improving Singapore, year after year, generation after generation.”
PM Lee who is turns 68 this year, reiterated his intention to battle through the Covid-19 crisis before retiring in 2 years’ time at the age of 70.
28th July 18:30
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