SINGAPORE - The President has reappointed Mr S Dhanabalan and Mr Goh Joon Seng as members of the Council of Presidential Advisers (CPA) for a further period of four years with effect from January 2, 2014.
Mr Dhanabalan is re-appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister, while Mr Goh Joon Seng was re-appointed on the advice of the Chairman of Public Service Commission under Articles 37B(1)(b) and (d) respectively, in accordance with Article 37B(3) of the Constitution.
Mr Dhanabalan and Mr Goh were first appointed to the CPA on January 2, 2004 and January 2, 2008 respectively.
The present Chairman of the CPA is Mr J Y Pillay.
The CPA comprises six members and two alternate members. Two members are appointed by the President at his discretion; two are the Prime Minister's nominees; one is the Chief Justice's nominee; and one is the nominee of the Chairman of the Public Service Commission. One alternate member is appointed by the President at his discretion, while the other is appointed by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister, in consultation with the Chief Justice and Chairman of Public Service Commission.
The other members of the CPA are Mr Po'ad Bin Shaik Abu Bakar Mattar, Mr Bobby Chin Yoke Choong and Mr Lee Tzu Yang. The two alternate members are Mr Lim Chee Onn and Mr Stephen Lee Ching Yen.
The CPA, which was formed in 1992, advises the President in the exercise of custodial and discretionary powers. It is obligatory for the President to consult the CPA before he vetoes the budgets of the Government and key government-linked bodies and the appointments of key personnel in the public service and the key Government-linked bodies.