Senior Minister

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Senior Minister (simplified Chinese: 国务资政; traditional Chinese: 國務資政, used to be called 内阁资政/內閣資政 before 12 August 2004, Malay: Menteri Kanan) is a political office in the Prime Minister's Office. The job of Senior Minister in the political system of Singapore is taken by a prime minister or senior cabinet minister when he or she retires from that office, but still can help the government with their long experience. However, some opposition critics say that the job of senior minister shows no respect for the political opposition in Singapore[1][2] and the reliance of Singapore on a dominant-party system.[3][4][5]

The last Senior Ministers of Singapore were Goh Chok Tong, the second Prime Minister of Singapore and S Jayakumar, former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore. This job has been held by Goh since August 12, 2004, and used to be held by Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of Singapore, from November 28, 1990, until August 12, 2004, and S. Rajaratnam, former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, from 1985 to 1988. After Goh Chok Tong became Senior Minister, a new ministerial job, the Minister Mentor, was created and given to Lee Kuan Yew. On 26 March 2009, Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong announced that the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore (DPM) S. Jayakumar would let go of his job as the DPM and become Senior Minister in the Prime Minister's Office.[6]

In the 2011 general elections, S. Jayakumar did not contest in the election and retired from politics.[7] On 14th May 2011, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew announced their retirement from the cabinet after a general election that changed what people thought about Singapore and its politics and government.[8]

List of Senior Ministers of Singapore[change | change source]

Senior Minister Start of Term End of Term
S. Rajaratnam 1985 1988
Lee Kuan Yew 28 November 1990 12 August 2004
Goh Chok Tong 12 August 2004 21 May 2011
S Jayakumar 1 April 2009 21 May 2011

References[change | change source]

  1. Chee Soon Juan (December 21, 2007). "Autocrat see, autocrat do". http://yoursdp.org/index.php/perspective/special-feature/320-autocrat-see-autocrat-do. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  2. Lim, Kevin (July 21, 2004). "S'pore stays course; Lee may remain Fin Min while PM". Dow Jones. Dow Jones Newswires (Singapore). http://www.singapore-window.org/sw04/040721dj.htm. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  3. "Dynasty For Singapore". The Australian. 26 January, 2001. http://www.thinkcentre.org/article.cfm?ArticleID=396. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  4. "Singapore Politics - Not fade away". The Economist. May 16, 2011. http://www.economist.com/blogs/banyan/2011/05/singapore_politics. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  5. Seow, Francis T. (February 14, 2003). "Singapore: Past, Present & Future?". Singapore Window. http://www.singapore-window.org/sw03/030214fs.htm. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  6. Popatlal, Asha (26 March, 2009). "PM Lee reshuffles Cabinet as part of continuing leadership renewal". Channelnewsasia.com. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/417924/1/.html. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  7. "Senior Minister S. Jayakumar to retire". AsiaOne. March 24, 2011. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne+News/Singapore/Story/A1Story20110324-269930.html. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  8. "SM Goh, MM Lee to leave Cabinet". Channel NewsAsia (Singapore). 14 May 2011. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1128878/1/.html.

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