Friday, March 27, 2009

Singapore's 1st FULL Lady Minister!

So, the day has finally arrived! All you women out there should shout," Hurray!" It has been a long time in coming. We talk and talk about gender equality across the board. We not only accept the principle and logic behind it all but support it wholeheartedly. However in practice, we are still found wanting as a nation.

No more! This is a good start. Time to awaken to the fact that women are as good leaders as men if given the chance to shine. And if there are no artificial societal or gender barriers placed in their way, women should be able to assume whatever role they aspire to be.
The promotion of Mrs Lim Hwee Hua to full Minister in the cabinet signals a major landmark shift in thinking and practice by the government.
More able women may be encouraged to step forward after this.
My Warmest Congratulations to Mrs Lim.
Unk Dicko
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March 26, 2009
PM renews Cabinet

Mr Teo Chee Hean
will be appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence. Mrs Lim Hwee Hua will be appointed as a Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and concurrently appointed as Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for Transport. ST PHOTOS: BRYAN VAN DER BEEK, WONG KWAI CHOW

PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong has reshuffled his Cabinet, making several changes and appointments as part of continuing leadership renewal.
The changes are also to test out younger office holders for broader responsibilities, said a statement from the Prime Minister's Office on Thursday.

CABINET AND OTHER OFFICE HOLDERS
The changes will take effect from April 1.
Changes in ministerial appointments Mr Teo Chee Hean will be appointed as Deputy Prime Minister. He will be the Acting Prime Minister in the absence of the Prime Minister. He will continue as Minister for Defence.
Professor S Jayakumar will relinquish his appointment as Deputy Prime Minister. He will be appointed as Senior Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and will continue as Co-ordinating Minister for National Security. He will also continue to oversee foreign policy matters which cut across different ministries and take charge of foreign policy issues which involve legal negotiation or international adjudication. He continues to chair the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change.
Mr Gan Kim Yong will be appointed as Minister for Manpower.
Mrs Lim Hwee Hua will be appointed as a Minister in the Prime Minister's Office. She will be concurrently appointed as Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for Transport.
Mr Lui Tuck Yew
, Senior Minister of State, will relinquish his appointment in Education and will be appointed as Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts.
Dr Lee Boon Yang will relinquish his appointment as Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts and retire from the Government.
Since being appointed a Parliamentary Secretary in 1985, Dr Lee has served in many portfolios including Environment, Trade and Industry, Finance, Home Affairs, National Development, Defence, and Manpower, before becoming Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts in 2003. The Prime Minister thanks Dr Lee for his many years of service and contributions to the Government and the nation.

Changes in appointment of Ministers of State
Mr S Iswaran will be appointed as Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, concurrent with his present appointment of Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
Mr Lee Yi Shyan will be appointed as Minister of State in the Ministry of Manpower, concurrent with his present appointment of Minister of State in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
New appointment of Parliamentary Secretary Mr Sam Tan will be appointed as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry and concurrently in the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts. His appointment takes effect on 1 July 2009.
Other appointments
Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed will relinquish his appointment of Mayor, North East Community Development Council when his current 3-year term ends on 30 May 2009. He will continue as Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mr Teo Ser Luck will be appointed as Mayor, North East Community Development Council with effect from 31 May 2009. This will be concurrent with his appointment as Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and in the Ministry of Transport.
Source: Straits Times Online, Breaking News March 26 2009

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Uncle Dicko,

Although I'm not a local, being from San Francisco, I congratulate your nation for moving fast ahead into the forfront in Asia for it's progress and forsight in giving women the chance to diminish old stereotypes.

I have some new technology that I'd like you to take a look at that we're developing here locally with the hopes of providing more tech innovation to the local economy and jobs for Singaporeans, and I need your advice and input on a few things.

Where can I send you more details at your contact e-mail and info?

Sincerest Regards,



Ajay

Adam said...

Uncle Dicko,

Although I'm not a local, being from San Francisco, I congratulate your nation for moving fast ahead into the forfront in Asia for it's progress and forsight in giving women the chance to diminish old stereotypes.

I have some new technology that I'd like you to take a look at that we're developing here locally with the hopes of providing more tech innovation to the local economy and jobs for Singaporeans, and I need your advice and input on a few things.

Where can I send you more details at your contact e-mail and info?

Sincerest Regards,



Adam a.k.a. "Ajay" for short

Lam Chun See said...

Wah ... Unk Dicko quoted in Sunday Times.

unk Dicko said...

Chun See...I wasn't aware until someone alerted me that a portion from my Main blog has appeared on page 28 of the Sunday Times today.
That someone is sharp. I missed reading it earlier.
Btw, you are sharp too!
You did not miss either.

unk Dicko said...

Hi Adam or Ajay,
Thanks for your support and confidence about Singapore.
So you are from San Francisco..a lovely city and most memorable place. I have been there.
I'm not too sure if I am the best person to be of any help to you.
The more qualified people you should get to are those in our Stat boards and ministry. They will certainly be pleased to help you if you have a product or service to offer. Better still if it involves job creation.
Would you be able to provide me more details here so that I can assess the kind of help you need?