Update: Sorry there was an error in the initial reporting. Ministers of State are on a different progression. Ng Chee Meng has been promoted 4 times instead of thrice. MP to Parliamentary Secretary, then to Senior Parliamentary Secretary then to Minister of State and then finally the Senior Minister of State.

Former Air Force General and first term PAP MP Ng Chee Meng who has zero experience in managing the Transport ministry has been “quadrupled-promoted” to become a Senior Minister of State in Transport.

Although there is no directive, the traditional progression should be from Parliamentary Secretary, then to Senior Parliamentary Secretary then to Minister of State and then finally the Senior Minister of State. However, it seems not the case for first term PAP MP Ng Chee Meng who became Senior Minister right away on Lee Hsien Loong’s order.

Photo of Ng Chee Meng from The Straits Times
Photo of Ng Chee Meng from The Straits Times

Ng Chee Meng has been in the military all his life and never once stepped into the private sector nor into governance. His new appointment has no backing of merit, experience and credibility. Public confidence of Singapore’s public transport is already at its all-time low and looks poised to worsen.

Another first term MP rookie is Ong Ye Kung, who was also promoted to Senior Minister of State for Defence, when he has zero experience handling the ministry. It appears anyone can be a Senior Minister in Lee Hsien Loong’s new cabinet.