Get To Know The Top Brass of Singapore: A Simple Overview for Expats Relocating to Singapore!

A great way to settle into a new country is reading the local newspapers. The Straits Times, The Business Times and (a personal favorite) Today have the scoop on daily life and news but if you don’t know the players, it can be difficult to understand who’s who!

 

President

The formal Head of State of the Republic of Singapore is the President Tony Tan Keng Yam. He is the formal Head of State, a bit like the Sovereign of England. He lives in the big white house, Istana (which is open to the public on most public holidays and is definitely worth a gander).

 

The Prime Minister

The Head of the Government is Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. He was elected into office in 2004 by the Legislature (Parliament). He’s the big boss and the head of the leading party Peoples

 

Minister Mentor

Lee Kwon Yu was the first Prime Minister of Singapore. He is the uber celebrity and father of Singapore.

 

Now here comes the list of ministers this might get your head spinning but they are a good group to know if you are living in Singapore. The taxi drivers are very well versed in all matters of government, so spark up a conversation next time you hail one down…

 

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs & Minister-in-Charge of Civil Service

Teo Chee Hean

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance & Minister of Manpower

Tharman Shanmugaratnam

Minister for Trade and Industry

Lim Hng Kiang

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office

Lim Swee Say

Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts & Minister-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs

Yaacob Ibrahim

Minister for National Development

Khaw Boon Wan

Minister for Defense

Ng Eng Hen

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources

Vivian Balakrishnan

Minister for Foreign Affairs & Minister for Law

K. Shanmugam

Minister for Health

Gan Kim Yong

Minister for Transport & Second Minister for Foreign Affairs

Lui Tuck Yew

Minister in Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Home Affairs & Second Minister for Trade and Industry

S. Iswaran

Minister for Education

Heng Swee Keat

Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports

Chan Chun Sing

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