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Lawrence Wong, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, has served in 8 departments and loves playing rock and roll guitar.

Lawrence Wong, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, has served in 8 departments and loves playing rock and roll guitar.

Will take charge in mid-MaySingaporeLawrence Wong, who leads Singapore’s fourth-generation leadership team as Prime Minister, is a descendant of Han Chinese from China’s Hainan island. His parents were business managers and primary school teachers respectively. They call themselves an “ordinary family”. “I am ready for the next task,” he declared at the People’s Action Party (PAP) conference in Singapore in November last year. It has been more than a year since he was officially selected as the leader of the Star Kingdom’s fourth-generation leadership team in April last year.

Before entering politics, Lawrence Wong served as a civil servant in the Ministry of Trade and Industry and other ministries for 14 years. He was only one year short of enjoying civil service pension. He once said that it was indeed a loss for him, but “at that time it was not my view on this (resigning from the civil service to join politics) factor”. He received a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University in 2004 and became principal private secretary to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong the following year.

Lawrence Wong entered politics in 2011 and was elected as a member of Congress.The Star Country is a country with a cabinet system. Two weeks after being elected, he simultaneously took charge of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Education.Department of DefenseMinister of State, This position in the Star Kingdom Ministry Council is subordinate to the Minister and Senior Minister of State. Since then, apart from being re-elected as a Member of Parliament, he has also held several ministries such as the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and joined the cabinet for the first time in 2014 as the Minister of this Ministry. , The Star Kingdom Cabinet consists of 20 members, including the Prime Minister and 19 ministers.

Lawrence Wong has successively served in at least eight government departments, including the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Information Communications and Arts, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Community and Youth. Ministry of National Development. It also shows that he has long been favored by current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and other senior officials, who deliberately gave him experience in various ministries and familiarized himself with government affairs to facilitate his succession.

2020 new crownpandemicAfter the pandemic spread worldwide, the Singapore government formed an inter-departmental working group to fight the pandemic, jointly led by Lawrence Wong and the Minister of Health. Political observers believe that his steady leadership style, clear policy presentation and thorough understanding of the details during the pandemic have put him in the front-running position as the Prime Minister’s successor.

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, who was originally chosen to lead the fourth-generation ruling team, suddenly ousted Lee Hsien Loong in April 2021 to step down from the post of prime minister, citing age and health factors. Keyt was only 60 years old at the time.

Lawrence Wong, then Dean, succeeded Wang Swee Kit as Minister of Finance. Since the post of Finance Minister has traditionally been held by a veteran leader of the People’s Action Party, people from all walks of life began to notice that he was the best candidate to become the next Prime Minister during the Singapore cabinet reshuffle last June. The following year, he was promoted to Deputy Prime Minister and concurrently Finance Minister. He also showed off his succession posture. For example, on May 1 last year, he replaced Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and in June of the same year gave a keynote speech at the Labor Day mass rally organized by the National Trades Union Congress. He announced the governance approach of the fourth generation leadership team. Announced the launch of “Singapore” encompassing six key pillars such as economy and employment.

Lawrence Wong’s hobbies are rock music, playing guitar and reading, and he is also a dog lover. When he was 8 years old, his father gave him a guitar and he could not put it down. He said that playing guitar relieves stress and calms his mood. He has been married twice and his current wife is a senior executive in the financial industry.

Linda, a professor at the University of Michigan in the United States, knows him since their student days. In an interview with the British Economist, Lam described Lawrence Wong as not a charismatic, visionary dreamer, but a decent man who could express his feelings clearly.

Lawrence Wong’s Small File Table/Mao Yi



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