Lim Swee Say to become Manpower Minister in May; Chan Chun Sing to take over as labour chief

Lim Swee Say to become Manpower Minister in May; Chan Chun Sing to take over as labour chief

SINGAPORE - Mr Chan Chun Sing will take over from Mr Lim Swee Say as Singapore's new labour chief from May 4. Mr Lim resigned from the National Trade Unions Congress (NTUC) and will step down that day.

In a reshuffle of the Cabinet by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Mr Lim has been appointed Minister for Manpower and will also relinquish his appointment as Minister in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on May 4.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Mr Lim assured unionists that "I will continue to be pro-worker. And I also assure our management partners that I will be pro-business too.

"After all, the two are not necessary in conflict. They are the two sides of a same coin.

"Mutually reinforcing, we can continue our journey towards a healthier economy, a more progressive society and a better Singapore for all."

In a separate post on his Facebook page on Wednesday, Mr Chan Chun Sing thanked his predecessor Mr Lim for his "labour of love" and contributions to the labour movement over the years.

He wrote: "In his 8 years with Labour Movement (LM) as Sec Gen, brother Swee Say has helped workers with employment and employability through various initiatives and programmes such as Skills Re-development and Job Re-creation. The establishment of the Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability is testament of his dedication to our workers."

Mr Lim had tendered his resignation on March 30. In a media statement from NTUC's president Diana Chia, it noted that Mr Chan was "unanimously elected" to take over the helm as Secretary-General with effect May 4, 2015.

Ms Chia thanked Mr Lim for his "selfless leadership and friendship and for making the Labour Movement stronger and more resilient to serve our workers even better."

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