Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean addressed the hot topic of leadership renewal at the Institute of Policy Studies’ Singapore Perspectives 2018 Conference yesterday and said that leadership in Singapore must not become aged since a certain vitality and energy is needed to govern the nation and handle matters overseas:

“You don’t want a whole nation to be held hostage to the health of a cohort of people who are already senior and getting more and more senior with each passing year … We need leadership renewal.”

Interestingly, DPM Teo noted that it is also important to retain older ministers in the Cabinet and pointed to the government’s practice of appointing former Prime Ministers as senior ministers as one that will be beneficial:

“I would say that because of continuity we had in the political system in Singapore – we are quite unique in that we’ve had former prime ministers sit in Cabinet as senior ministers or mentor ministers – and that has been a great help to younger ones of us at that time in Cabinet.”

He specifically added that he hopes to see such an arrangement in future government transitions, as well:

“I hope that if we do have transition in the future, a new Cabinet, a new Prime Minister, we see the usefulness and benefit of such an arrangement as well.”

The DPM’s comments are notable since it may mean that current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong may retain a Cabinet position even after he hands the reins of the government over to his successor.

Singapore has had 4 senior ministers in the past: S. Rajaratnam, Lee Kuan Yew, Goh Chok Tong, and S. Jayakumar.

Both S. Rajaratnam and S. Jayakumar had formerly served as deputy prime ministers before being appointed as senior ministers, while Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong formerly served as the nation’s prime ministers.

Lee Kuan Yew who served as Singapore’s first prime minister handed over the reins of government to Goh Chok Tong in 1990 and remained in the Cabinet as senior minister from 1990-2004. In 2004, he assumed the role of minister mentor – a position he retained until he retired from Cabinet in 2011.

Singapore’s second prime minister Goh Chok Tong stepped down in 2004 and handed over the prime ministership to his predecessor Lee Kuan Yew’s son, Lee Hsien Loong. Like Lee Kuan Yew, Goh Chok Tong served as senior minister after he had handed over the prime ministership, from 2004 to 2011.

In 2011, Goh retired from Cabinet with Lee Kuan Yew but still retains the title of emeritus senior minister.

Goh Chok Tong hopes the new PM will be chosen in “6-9 months’ time”

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  1. Every ministers that retired become the senior minister ….continues to collect high salary … no wonder we need to increase taxes to fund these ageing Ministers either we feed them until they die or we pay until we die !

    • @Mohan
      Please tell me what good advice can come out from the dishonourable son, except to increase water tax by 30%, licence the 368 employment agency bosses and their 12,888 employees! Do you know that NTUC LEARNING HUB collect all the 2 million dollars exam fees?

  2. It’s really a waste of tax payers money, which country on earth govt has this kind of structure of SM, MM, and now dishonourable 3M and collecting millionare salary draining the govt coffin of course taxes have to increase everywhere to sustain these blood thirsty vampires.

    • I wonder how much money singapore could have saved in total if all the politician with ministers and/or MOS post have their pay cut by half, if this is multiple by 10 years??? It’s is definitely not a small sum!!! Afterall, like someone said, national service (aka service to the nation) is an honour, and should not be solely about dollars and cents!

      Also, Actually SM and MM should not collect salary. Why should they? Haven’t they collect enough salary and/or gather enough wealth during their own term and time as PM and Ministers already???

      Why pay Ownself high high superhigh salary but yet making Singaporean bear high high and higher taxes and higher and higher GST and higher and higher living expenses and cost of living??? Not to mention also higher and higher CPF minimum sum???

  3. makes a mockery of a democratic country. obviously these people don’t know when you step down, you should just learn to fade away. senior ministers are an anomaly which does not add much value especially when they have the cheek to call themselves emeritus. hahahaha… the people just pay them for doing very little with no responsibilities, like the old man who passed away 2/3 years ago. he had the cheek to say that he was undergoing massage or therapy during parliamentary debates!

  4. These have proven that these people are as greedy as pigs. If you retire just frak off. Why pretending that you are better than others n that Singaporeans must need you to be around
    This is just an excuses to get more million dollars for yourself and your next generation

  5. Never encourage this to happen as we are suffering so much and keep paying higher taxes.. if any senior minister who step down i will be fully support.. Does those senior minister think for the younger generation how they going to manage to keep paying higher taxes.

  6. I’m more concerned….when DPM Teo himself will become a Menotr or Senior Minister or Emeritus sia?. He is not young anymore you know! I wonder what is the Q No. in his hand?

  7. I think they are like grandparents…looking after and keep a close look at those grand children at home to make sure the grand children don’t jump here, jump there and chu patterns when the father is out hunting for power rangers…?

  8. Pinkie should retire take his fortune and go far far away. Else when everything blows up, he will be the culprit and will lose his fortune. Clever a bit lah, why so greedy unless you have plan for your son to take over as mentioned by your siblings.

  9. Such a small Sinkapoor island, why require so many ministars ?? Should cut down costs and trim the current humogous salaries of ministars. The retired minsitars have already earned more than enough salaries to live until 100 yrs !. Think of the poors and the many lowly paid citizens struggling every day. I believe the retired ministars are eating good foods at the restaurants everyday alrdy.

  10. Last year, I met a 82 yrs old lady at Surin Park, we shared about the destiny of our dishonourable son! She told me that he should step down and stay out of politics because when he couldn’t manage his kachang puteh familee of 3, how could he manage 3 million Singaporeans and worst still, he tried to increase the population to 7 millions!
    Who says that the dishonourable son is qualified to be mentor when he himself is in great need of mentors!
    Cut! No more jackpot for SM or MM! Singaporeans are not idiots, so are the recruited new citizens

  11. 金字塔。。。(高层。。。永远都是高高在上)。。。(要那么多。。。肺才在上)。。。(白领高薪。。。对本岛一点。。。益处。。。都没有)。。。。(只有下裒。。。下下衰)。。。世界上。。。多你几个。。。。不多。。。(省下耒。。。。培養新的一代)。。。。(才是正道)。。。他奶奶弟。。。。。。

  12. This article not published also we the peasants already know about MMs and SMs.There is nothing new to expect from our current rulers. 70% vote likewise, same ruling style continues forever more, even with some changes in Cabinet. Pink will still be the flavour of the day.

  13. AFTER A DECADE TRAINING, ROTTON LHL BECAME PM.

    AS SOON AS HE BECOMES PM, HE CRIPPLED THE ECONOMY.

    AFTER GOVERNING SG FOR 13 YRS, HE STILL JEOPARDISES THE ECONOMY.

    STILL WANT TO BE SM TO COACH THE PARTY TO CONTINUE TO OFFER SVS?

    LOOK AT FORMER MICROSOFT CEO,

  14. This nonsense was started by his papa! Then Lao Goh followed! Why such highly paid but did nothing position is needed when all the PM’s successor is supposed to be talented, capable of leading the country! Such senior minister appointment is no more than just another legal corruption!

  15. Feed aging Singaporeans, government not very happy but they expect Singaporeans to feed their aging age, even though they already have so much money. Ridiculous! ‍♂️

  16. Of course !!! Loadsa $$$$ for doing nothing. Everyone just work harder, faster, cheaper & contribute CPF to ensure multi-million Dignity for PM Lee, his Ministers & friends.

    • Its time that our garmen start practising wadey preach: work betterer, faster cheaper and wiser driven not by monetary ncentives. My era leadership was driven by such passion for survival of our nation. It is obvious that complacency would never have a foothold in our garmen and public services. My generation knows for sure what Mr LKY would hv done to stop this situation…

    • Our Lord LKY wasn’t the only one to be thanked. It was Dr. Goh Keng Swee who proposed & implemented most of the policies responsible for our prosperity. The present scholars sitting in power (including Pinky) will tell you they were more afraid of him than LKY.

    • Alas, in 1994, a lesser Goh made PAP ministers the most highly paid in the known universe. Since then, our GINI, the measure of Rich/Poor disparity, has rocketed. Before that, under Goh Keng Swee and other competent people, EVERYONE shared in Singapore’s increased prosperity.

  17. I believe the world only Singapore have SM & MM still collecting salary after step down as minister , if he so love Singapore and want to Singapore good guard those new minister do it free or let go let them run , one hand step down another hand collect salary Golden Hill also finish la

  18. Very soon these white termites will create new SILVER MINISTERs post wirh millions dollar salary to suck and hang the citizens $ to dry!.

    ALL CITIZENS, start place your bet with Singapore Pools who is going start new draw.

  19. booooo face thicker than wall..everybody wants him to retire for good..after 15 years of driving sg to grave he still got the cheek to become mm??? wtf sg is the only place in the whole universe who pratice dictatorship for 1000 years..

  20. Does it matter when you see the same shit in place? They are there to reap the country of its financial resources as much and as soon as possible. They are simply leeches doing nothing good and still having their handouts. And you Singaporeans voted for these shit and now they raised taxes because “Money Not Enough”!

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