Minister Mentor

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Minister Mentor of Singapore
Former political post
First officeholder Lee Kuan Yew
Last officeholder Lee Kuan Yew
Official residence Sri Temasek
Appointer Prime Minister of Singapore
Office began 12 August 2004
Office ended 21 May 2011

Minister Mentor (abbreviation: MM) is a position in the Cabinet of Singapore. It was created in 2004 as part of a transition in political leadership. Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew is the only person who has held this post, from 12 August 2004 to 21 May 2011.

In August 2004, Lee Kuan Yew's son Lee Hsien Loong succeeded Goh Chok Tong and became Singapore's third Prime Minister. Lee Hsien Loong announced the position of Minister Mentor when he named his Cabinet on 12 August 2004. Before his appointment as Minister Mentor, Lee Kuan Yew was Senior Minister from 1990 to 2004 in then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong's Cabinet. Goh became Senior Minister in Lee Hsien Loong's first Cabinet.

On 14 May 2011, following the General Elections that took place seven days earlier, Singapore's former prime ministers, Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Mr Goh Chok Tong announced their retirement from the Cabinet.[1]

In Singapore, terms for Minister Mentor in the country's three other official languages are as follows:

  • Chinese (Mandarin): Nei ge zi zheng (simplified Chinese: 内阁资政; traditional Chinese: 內閣資政; pinyin: nèi gé zī zhèng; literally "Political Adviser in the Cabinet")
  • Malay: Menteri Mentor
  • Tamil: அமைச்சர் அறிவுரையாளர் ('Ammaichar Arivuraiyaalar' in direct English transliteration)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SM Goh, MM Lee to leave Cabinet". Channel NewsAsia (Singapore). 14 May 2011. 

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