Unexpected turn of events is setback for succession planning: statement from 4G Leaders and Members

The 4G Team describes the unexpected turn of events as a setback for succession planning. They said in a statement, "We recognise that Singaporeans will be concerned. We seek your support and understanding, as we choose another leader for the team. We will continue working as a team to serve our people, and to earn the confidence and trust of all Singaporeans."

The Team is glad that DPM Heng will remain a member of their team, and will continue in his roles as DPM and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies. "We have all benefited from his experience and expertise, and we look forward to his continued advice and contributions as we navigate our recovery and chart Singapore's path forward."



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Letter exchange between PM Lee Hsien Loong & DPM Heng Swee Keat

We need a leader who will not only rebuild Singapore post-COVID-19 but also lead the next phase of our nation-building effort. Having worked with you, ESM Goh Chok Tong and MM Lee Kuan Yew, I know that the top job imposes exceptional demand on the officeholder. In a very different post-COVID-19 world, the demands will be even more exacting. While I am in good health today, it is in the best interests of the nation for someone who is younger to tackle the huge challenges ahead.

After careful deliberation and discussion with my family, I have decided to step aside as leader of the 4G team, so that a younger leader who will have a longer runway can take over. It will be for the 4G team to choose this person, and I stand ready to support the next leader.

I appreciate the support of Singaporeans and have made this decision with the best interests of Singapore and Singaporeans at heart.



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Close to 98 per cent of people who booked appointments for vaccinations in the last 30 days showed up for vaccination, Senior Minister of State for Health Janil Puthucheary revealed in Parliament today, 5 April.

Wastage is avoided by closely monitoring the appointment bookings and historical take-up rate, and delivering the appropriate number of vaccine doses to the vaccination sites. Vials that are not yet opened can be stored at the vaccination sites for at least three to four days.

Staff giving the jabs will also check that there are individuals awaiting vaccination before opening a new vial. In addition, there are also pre-planned lists of individuals who will be invited for vaccination at the end of the day to use any balance remaining in a multi-dose vial. This will further minimise wastage, Dr Janil said.



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Mufti Singapore Dr Nazirudin Exchange Letters with PM Lee Hsien Loong on Tudung Matters

Mufti Nazirudin welcomes the likely shift in policy on nurses wearing the tudung with their uniform and expressed deep appreciation of the opportunity to continuously provide feedback on many national issues including the tudung. In his reply, PM Lee thank the Mufti and MUIS for their support in Government's deliberations on the matter and said that change has to be carefully considered and gradual so that when it comes, it is understood by all communities and thus strengthen, rather than weaken, our social cohesion.



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tudung issues in Singapore

It is irresponsible of the Workers' Party Faisal Manap to raise the issue in Parliament.

His approach is divisive and clearly political. It's meant to stir the angst of people. One must remember that Faisal also famously declared in Parliament that politics and religion cannot be separated. Just imagine if believers of every other religion adopt the same stand in Parliament and freely mix politics with religion on every occasion.

This precarious harmony that we have so diligently and conscientiously built, that is the envy of the world, will be fragmented in no time.

While discussions behind closed doors had been ongoing for many years, Faisal chose to raise it in Parliament to score political points and claim credits when change has in fact evolved.



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