Making several Cabinet changes today.
I am promoting Masagos Zulkifli to full Minister. He has performed well, both in his ministries and as an MP in Tampines. It is the first time we are having two Malay full ministers, which reflects the progress of the Malay community.
Other changes are because Chan Chun Sing is taking over as Secretary-General of NTUC from Lim Swee Say. So Swee Say goes to Manpower, and Tan Chuan-Jin goes to Social and Family Development. (Chun Sing also gives up his post of Second Minister in MINDEF, which Lui Tuck Yew will take over.)
Swee Say has done a lot in NTUC: helping workers to upgrade themselves, finding them new jobs when they are retrenched, assuring them that they do not face globalisation and international competition alone. Chun Sing will have much work to do building on what Swee Say has done, but I am confident that he is up to the task.
These changes are part of continuing leadership renewal, to build a strong ‘A’ team for Singapore.
Lee Hsien Loong
At that point, I was a little shocked that the situation escalated that quickly and I was dealing with an angry Caucasian man. Thoughts were racing through my head: Is it because I'm Chinese? Am I supposed to say sorry?