Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore

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Deputy Prime Minister of the
Republic of Singapore
Heng Swee Keat.jpg
Heng Swee Keat

since 1 May 2019
AppointerPrime Minister
Term lengthAt the Prime Minister's pleasure
Inaugural holderToh Chin Chye
Formation3 June 1959; 62 years ago (1959-06-03)
SalaryS$1,870,000 annually
(including S$192,500 MP salary)

The deputy prime minister of Singapore is the deputy head of government of the Republic of Singapore. The incumbent deputy prime minister is Heng Swee Keat.


The role of deputy prime minister is the second highest post and senior Cabinet minister in Singapore.

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 between 1959 and 1968 and retired on 2 August 1968.

Since the mid-1980s, Singapore has usually had two deputy prime ministers at a time. The holder will sometimes assume the role of acting prime minister when the prime minister is temporarily absent from Singapore.

Heng was widely believed to be poised to succeed Lee Hsien Loong as the next prime minister following his appointment as deputy prime minister in May 2019 and election. Heng subsequently withdrew himself from the nomination in April 2021.[1][2]

List of deputy prime ministers[edit]

Portrait Name


Term of office Political party Head of government
Took office Left office Time in office Prime Minister
Toh Chin Chye
டோ சின் ச்யே
(10 December 1921 – 3 February 2012)
MP for Rochor SMC until 1988
5 June 1959 2 August 1968 9 years, 58 days PAP logo variation.svg People's Action Party Lee Kuan Yew
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 until 1984
1 March 1973 1 January 1985 11 years, 306 days PAP logo variation.svg People's Action Party Lee Kuan Yew
S. Rajaratnam
சின்னத்தம்பி இராசரத்தினம்
(25 February 1915 – 22 February 2006)
MP for Kampong Glam SMC until 1988
1 June 1980 1 January 1985 4 years, 214 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 until 1991
MP for Toa Payoh GRC from 1991
2 January 1985 1 September 1993 8 years, 242 days Lee Kuan Yew
Goh Chok Tong
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 Goh Chok Tong
Tony Tan Keng Yam cropp.jpg Tony Tan Keng Yam
டோனி டேன் கெங் யம்
(7 February 1940-)
MP for Sembawang SMC till 1988
MP for Sembawang GRC from 1988
1 August 1995 1 September 2005 10 years, 31 days Goh Chok Tong
Lee Hsien Loong
Jayakumar (1).jpg S. Jayakumar
(12 August 1939-)
MP for Bedok SMC till 1988
MP for Bedok GRC till 1997
MP for East Coast GRC from 1997
12 August 2004 1 April 2009 4 years, 232 days Lee Hsien Loong
WongKanSeng-20060314.jpg Wong Kan Seng
வோங் கான் செங்
(8 September 1946-)
MP for Kuo Chuan SMC till 1988
MP for Toa Payoh GRC till 1991
MP for Thomson GRC till 1996
MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC from 1997
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 Marine Parade GRC till 1997
MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC from 1997
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 from 2011
21 May 2011 30 April 2019 7 years, 345 days
Heng Swee Keat.jpg Heng Swee Keat
ஹெங் சுவீ கியட்
(15 April 1961-)
MP for Tampines GRC until 2020
MP for East Coast GRC from 2020
1 May 2019 Incumbent 3 years, 22 days

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ang, Hwee Min (8 April 2021). "DPM Heng Swee Keat steps aside as leader of PAP 4G team, PM Lee accepts decision". Channel News Asia. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Heng Swee Keat to be promoted to DPM in Cabinet reshuffle". Channel NewsAsia. 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.

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