Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday (Feb 267) he will reshuffle the Cabinet after Parliament prorogues to give younger ministers more exposure and responsibility.
Making the announcement in a Facebook post, he said that doing so will ensure that his successor will be supported by a stronger and more experienced team that is committed to leading Singapore in the future.
Providing a brief timeline of when the reshuffle will take place, he said that the Budget debate starts on Tuesday, which is followed by Parliament’s sitting as a Committee of Supply to debate each ministry’s expenditure plans for the year ahead.
He noted that Parliament will then prorogue for a mid-term break and re-open in May.
When Parliament opens again, President Halimah Yacob is due to give an address to set out the Government’s programme for the rest of this term.
Mr Lee said he is asking the fourth-generation ministers to draft the Government’s agenda for Madam Halimah’s address.
“It will give Singaporeans a better sense of them and their thoughts,” he wrote.
In the same post, Mr Lee shared a photo taken at an early Chap Goh Mei dinner at the Istana last Friday with Members of Parliament, community leaders and guests.
Chap Goh Mei which falls on Friday, marks the 15th and last day of the Chinese New Year.
Mr Lee had said on Jan 26 that no new deputy prime ministers would be appointed during the Cabinet reshuffle, which suggests that no clear front runners will be made known to the public after the reshuffle.
Last December, Emeritus Goh Chok Tong had said that he hoped that younger ministers will choose their leader in the first six to nine months of this year and that this person can be made PM-designate within 2018.
Mr Lee had said last month in response: “My assessment is, it probably will take a little bit longer.”