Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore

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Deputy Prime Minister(s) of
the Republic of Singapore
Heng Swee Keat
Heng Swee Keat

since 1 May 2019
AppointerPresident of the Republic of Singapore
Term lengthDepended on the Prime Minister
Inaugural holderToh Chin Chye
Formation3 June 1959

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[edit]

Portrait Name


Term of office Political Party
Toh Chin Chye
டோ சின் ச்யே
(10 December 1921- 3 February 2012)
MP for Rochor SMC
5 June 1959 2 August 1968 9 years, 58 days PAP logo variation.svg People's Action Party
No Deputy Prime Minister from 2 August 1968 to 1 March 1973
Goh Keng Swee
கோ கேங் சுவீ
(6 October 1918- 14 May 2010)
MP for Kreta Ayer SMC
1 March 1973 3 December 1984 11 years, 277 days PAP logo variation.svg People's Action Party
S. Rajaratnam
சின்னத்தம்பி இராசரத்தினம்
(25 February 1915- 22 February 2006)
MP for Kampong Glam SMC
1 June 1980 2 January 1985 4 years, 215 days
GohChokTong-WashingtonDC-20010614.jpg Goh 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 5 years, 330 days
Ong Teng Cheong.jpg Ong Teng Cheong
ஓங் டெங் சியோங்
(22 January 1936- 8 February 2002)
MP for Kim Keat SMC
2 January 1985 1 September 1993 8 years, 242 days
Lee Hsien-Loong - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 cropped.jpg Lee 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 13 years, 258 days
Tony Tan Keng Yam cropp.jpg Tony Tan Keng Yam
டோனி டேன் கெங் யம்
(7 February 1940-)
MP for Sembawang GRC
1 August 1995 1 September 2005 10 years, 31 days
Jayakumar (1).jpg S. Jayakumar
(12 August 1939-)
MP for East Coast GRC
12 August 2004 1 April 2009 4 years, 232 days
WongKanSeng-20060314.jpg Wong Kan Seng
வோங் கான் செங்
(8 September 1946-)
MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC
1 September 2005 21 May 2011 5 years, 262 days
TeoCheeHean-Singapore-20060603.jpg Teo Chee Hean
தியோ சீ ஹியன்
(27 December 1954-)
MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC
1 April 2009 30 April 2019 10 years, 30 days
Tharman Shanmugaratnam at the official opening of Yuan Ching Secondary School's new building, Singapore - 20100716 (cropped).jpg Tharman Shanmugaratnam
தர்மன் சண்முகரத்தினம்
(25 February 1957-)
MP for Jurong GRC
21 May 2011 30 April 2019 7 years, 345 days
Heng Swee Keat Heng Swee Keat
ஹெங் சுவீ கியட்
(1 November 1961-)
MP for Tampines GRC
1 May 2019 Incumbent 1 year, 60 days

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Heng Swee Keat to be promoted to DPM in Cabinet reshuffle". Channel NewsAsia. 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.

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