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The Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore is the deputy head of the government of the Republic of Singapore. The role of Deputy Prime Minister is the second highest post and senior Cabinet Minister in Singapore. The holder will sometimes assume the role of Acting Prime Minister when the PM is temporarily absent from Singapore. Since the mid-1980s, Singapore has usually had two Deputy Prime Ministers at a time. In a recent cabinet reshuffle announced 23 April 2019, Minister of Finance, Heng Swee Keat will assume his role as the Deputy Prime Minister as further indication that he is front runner to be Singapore's next prime minister.[1]

The office of Deputy Prime Minister dates back to 1959 and was appointed at first by the Governor of Singapore then the Yang di-Pertuan Negara (vice-regal head of state), when Singapore achieved self-governance as the State of Singapore within the British Empire. The title of Deputy Prime Minister remained unchanged after the merger with the Federation of Malaya, Sarawak and North Borneo, while Singapore was a constituent state in Malaysia from 1963 to 1965, and after independence in 1965. Toh Chin Chye was the first deputy prime minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1968 and retired on 2 August 1968.

List of Deputy Prime Ministers[]

Portrait Name


Term of office Political Party
[[Toh Chin Chye|Template:Small caps Chin Chye]]
டோ சின் ச்யே
(10 December 1921- 3 February 2012)
MP for Rochor SMC
5 June 1959 2 August 1968 Template:Age in years and days Template:SG/PAP
No Deputy Prime Minister from 2 August 1968 to 1 March 1973
[[Goh Keng Swee|Template:Small caps Keng Swee]]
கோ கேங் சுவீ
(6 October 1918- 14 May 2010)
MP for Kreta Ayer SMC
1 March 1973 3 December 1984 Template:Age in years and days Template:SG/PAP
[[S. Rajaratnam|S. Template:Small caps]]
சின்னத்தம்பி இராசரத்தினம்
(25 February 1915- 22 February 2006)
MP for Kampong Glam SMC
1 June 1980 2 January 1985 Template:Age in years and days
141x141px [[Goh Chok Tong|Template:Small caps Chok Tong]]
கோ சொக் தொங்
(20 May 1941-)
MP for Marine Parade SMC until 1988
MP for Marine Parade GRC from 1988
2 January 1985 28 November 1990 Template:Age in years and days
100px [[Ong Teng Cheong|Template:Small caps Teng Cheong]]
ஓங் டெங் சியோங்
(22 January 1936- 8 February 2002)
MP for Kim Keat SMC
2 January 1985 1 September 1993 Template:Age in years and days
100px [[Lee Hsien Loong|Template:Small caps Hsien Loong]]
லீ சியன் லூங்
(10 February 1952-)
MP for Teck Ghee SMC until 1991
MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC from 1991
28 November 1990 12 August 2004 Template:Age in years and days
100px [[Tony Tan Keng Yam|Tony Template:Small caps Keng Yam]]
டோனி டேன் கெங் யம்
(7 February 1940-)
MP for Sembawang GRC
1 August 1995 1 September 2005 Template:Age in years and days
100px [[S. Jayakumar|S. Template:Small caps]]
(12 August 1939-)
MP for East Coast GRC
12 August 2004 1 April 2009 Template:Age in years and days
100px [[Wong Kan Seng|Template:Small caps Kan Seng]]
வோங் கான் செங்
(8 September 1946-)
MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC
1 September 2005 21 May 2011 Template:Age in years and days
100px [[Teo Chee Hean|Template:Small caps Chee Hean]]
தியோ சீ ஹியன்
(27 December 1954-)
MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC
1 April 2009 30 April 2019 Template:Age in years and days
100px [[Tharman Shanmugaratnam|Tharman Template:Small caps]]
தர்மன் சண்முகரத்தினம்
(25 February 1957-)
MP for Jurong GRC
21 May 2011 30 April 2019 Template:Age in years and days
Heng Swee Keat [[Heng Swee Keat|Template:Small caps Swee Keat]]
ஹெங் சுவீ கியட்
(1 November 1961-)
MP for Tampines GRC
1 May 2019 Incumbent Template:Age in years and days

See also[]


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