Indranee Rajah appointed Leader of the House, Tan Chuan-jin to be nominated as Speaker again: PMO

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Tanjong Pagar GRC MP Indranee Rajah speaking to a patron at the Tiong Bahru Food Centre on Sunday (29 September). (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)
Tanjong Pagar GRC MP Indranee Rajah speaking to a patron at the Tiong Bahru Food Centre on Sunday (29 September). (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Indranee Rajah has been appointed Leader of the House for the 14th Parliament, said the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Thursday (20 August).

Rajah, 57, succeeds Grace Fu, who was Leader from October 2015 until June 2020, when Parliament was dissolved for the 2020 General Election. She is also Second Minister for Finance and National Development.

The Leader of the House arranges government business and Parliament’s legislative programme, and proposes appropriate actions to be taken on any procedural matter that arises in Parliament.

He or she also moves procedural motions relating to the business of the House during sittings, such as to extend the times of sittings beyond the usual time as set out in the Standing Orders.

Zaqy Mohamad, Senior Minister of State for Manpower and Defence, will be Deputy Leader, succeeding National Development Minister Desmond Lee.

PMO added that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong intends to nominate Tan Chuan-Jin to continue in the role of Speaker, a post Tan has held since September 2017. The Speaker will be formally elected next Monday, before the 14th Parliament opens.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, Tan pledged, “If chosen, I will continue to be fair and impartial, and firm, in discharging my responsibilities and upholding the honour and integrity of our Parliament.”

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