Singapore’s newly sworn in political office holders and parliamentary members were congratulated online after last night’s safely distanced ceremony.
Just days after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong unveiled Singapore’s new cabinet ministers, 33 office holders as well as the many other elected parliamentary members were sworn in across the Istana and the Parliament house.
It was the first time that the ceremony had to be split due to COVID-19 safe distancing measures. Individuals also had to sit apart from each other.
The ceremony led by President Halimah Yacob was broadcasted live on national television and on Facebook.
“History in the making. May the good Lord bless our ministers with peace, discernment, integrity, wisdom, generousity, compassion and wisdom. Congratulations!!!” Facebook user Esther Yeo wrote online.
#FBLive: Watch PM Lee and his new Cabinet at the swearing-in ceremony live from the Istana and Parliament House.
The ministers had also brought their significant others to witness the occasion. Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, who is now the Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, posted pictures of the ceremony from the Parliament house. One of them included a picture of them looking sleek in formal wear and posing with their wives.
“[Senior Minister] Teo Chee Hean reminded us to capture this memorable moment with our other halves as well,” Heng wrote.
I was sworn in to Cabinet at the Parliament House earlier this evening.
Together with PM Lee Hsien Loong and our Cabinet colleagues, we undertook our Oath and Affirmation of Allegiance as well as pledged our unwavering commitment to serve Singapore and Singaporeans. Some appointees have taken on higher appointments. Some were first time office holders.
We are humbled that Singaporeans have entrusted us with the responsibility of forming the government. Due to the pandemic, …this is the first time in history that the Swearing-in Ceremony was held at two different locations – Istana and Parliament House.
The work of our new Cabinet has already begun. The road ahead is difficult. We are battling the crisis on multiple fronts. We are not only facing a public health crisis, but also a severe global economic recession. Already, we have committed close to $100 billion in this fight, with more than half the amount funded from past reserves with the support of President Halimah Yacob.
My focus as Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies and Finance Minister will be to protect our workers and to create new opportunities for jobseekers. To achieve this, we will also need to help our companies transform, evolve their business models, and innovate.
Beyond economic recovery, we are committed to work in close partnership with our people and our companies to build a better and brighter future for everyone. I look forward to growing the Singapore Together movement and the Emerging Stronger Conversations.
Now that the General Election is over, let us unite and work together to overcome this crisis. We can and we will emerge stronger.
Tampines MP Baey Yam Keng also posted a selfie with opposition MP Sylvia Lim yesterday, along with Mountbatten SMC’s MP Lim Biow Chuan and Eric Chua.
“At the Cabinet Swearing-In Ceremony,” Baey wrote.
At the Cabinet Swearing-In Ceremony.
Sengkang GRC’s MP Raeesah Khan gained attention for her batik outfit in her OOTD post yesterday.
“You look beautiful, Raeesah. Wow. Congratulations on making history in Parliament as the first minority-race opposition woman MP!” Facebook user Andrew Loh wrote.
“Tonight was symbolic for me, stepping into Parliament House wearing batik and one cut from the same cloth as ones that my family have,” Khan said.
Tonight was symbolic for me, stepping into Parliament House wearing batik and one cut from the same cloth as ones that my family have.
I walked in thinking of family, and how grateful I am to now be part of so many other families! The WP family, the #teamsengkang family, the Compassvale family and people who supported me during very tough times the last few weeks who I now cons…