Minister of State Teo Ser Luck stepping down, others promoted: PM Lee

Nicholas Yong
Senior Correspondent
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UPDATE: Teo Ser Luck talks about his future plans in a Facebook post

Minister of State for Manpower Teo Ser Luck is stepping down from public office, but will continue serving as a Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris GRC, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday (27 April).

In a Facebook note, Lee said that Teo had requested to return to the private sector. “Ser Luck has contributed much in the ministries he served in – Transport, MTI, Manpower – and worked with his fellow mayors on many meaningful projects. I thank him for his contributions and wish him all the best in his future endeavours,” said the premier.

Speaking about the move in a post on his Facebook page, Teo said, “I plan to build, create, invest or help start-ups and businesses. Some are tech related while others will be in products or services which I’m passionate about.”

Teo was first elected to office in the 2006 General Election. His first appointment was as Parliamentary Secretary at the former Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports. He went on to serve in the Ministry of Transport and also became Mayor of the North East Community Development Council. Teo was also a key figure in the organisation of the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

Lee also announced that Ministers of State Josephine Teo and Desmond Lee will be promoted to full ministers as of 1 May.

Teo will be concurrently Second Minister in the Ministry of Manpower and continue as Second Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), while relinquishing her appointment in the Ministry of Transport (MOT). She will also continue to oversee population matters, assisting Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

Lee will be concurrently Second Minister in the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of National Development.

Other promotions

Also promoted were Ministers of State Lam Pin Min, Janil Puthucheary, Koh Poh Koon and Chee Hong Tat, who will all become Senior Ministers of State in their present ministries. Lam has also been appointed as Senior Minister of State in MOT, while Sam Tan takes up another appointment as Minister of State in MFA and will continue as Minister of State in the Manpower Ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office.