Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore

The deputy prime minister of Singapore is the deputy head of government of the Republic of Singapore. The incumbent deputy prime ministers are Heng Swee Keat and Lawrence Wong, who took office on 1 May 2019 and 13 June 2022 respectively.

Deputy Prime Minister of the
Republic of Singapore
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Heng Swee Keat
since 1 May 2019
Lawrence Wong
since 13 June 2022
AppointerPrime Minister of Singapore
Term lengthAt the Prime Minister's pleasure
Inaugural holderToh Chin Chye
Formation3 June 1959; 63 years ago (1959-06-03)
SalaryS$1,870,000 annually
(including S$192,500 MP salary)


The deputy prime minister is the second highest post, and is a senior Cabinet minister in Singapore. Since the mid-1980s, Singapore has 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.

The office of Deputy Prime Minister dates back to 1959 and was first appointed by the Governor of Singapore and later the Yang di-Pertuan Negara, when Singapore attained self-governance from the British Empire.

The title of Deputy Prime Minister remained unchanged after the merger with the Federation of Malaya, Sarawak and North Borneo to form Malaysia, while Singapore was a federated state of Malaysia between 1963 and 1965. Toh Chin Chye was the first deputy prime minister of Singapore between 1959 and 1968.

Heng Swee Keat was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister after Teo Chee Hean and Tharman Shanmugaratnam relinquished their positions to become Senior Minister of Singapore.

Heng Swee Keat 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. Heng subsequently withdrew himself from the nomination in April 2021 citing age and health reasons.[1][2] Lawrence Wong assumed the office as Deputy Prime Minister on 13 June 2022, serving alongside Heng Swee Keat.[3]

List of deputy prime ministersEdit

Portrait Name Term of office Political party Head of government
Took office Left office Time in office Prime Minister
Toh Chin Chye
5 June 1959 2 August 1968 9 years, 58 days   People's Action Party Lee Kuan Yew
Vacant (2 August 1968 – 1 March 1973)
Goh Keng Swee
1 March 1973 1 January 1985 11 years, 306 days   People's Action Party Lee Kuan Yew
S. Rajaratnam
சின்னத்தம்பி இராசரத்தினம்
1 June 1980 1 January 1985 4 years, 214 days
  Goh Chok Tong
(b. 1941)
2 January 1985 28 November 1990 5 years, 330 days
Ong Teng Cheong
2 January 1985 1 September 1993 8 years, 242 days Lee Kuan Yew
Goh Chok Tong
  Lee Hsien Loong
(b. 1952)
28 November 1990 12 August 2004 13 years, 258 days Goh Chok Tong
  Tony Tan
(b. 1940)
1 August 1995 1 September 2005 10 years, 31 days Goh Chok Tong
Lee Hsien Loong
  S. Jayakumar
(b. 1939)
12 August 2004 1 April 2009 4 years, 232 days Lee Hsien Loong
  Wong Kan Seng
(b. 1946)
1 September 2005 21 May 2011 5 years, 262 days
  Teo Chee Hean
(b. 1954)
1 April 2009 30 April 2019 10 years, 30 days
  Tharman Shanmugaratnam
தர்மன் சண்முகரத்தினம்
(b. 1957)
21 May 2011 30 April 2019 7 years, 345 days
  Heng Swee Keat
(b. 1961)
1 May 2019 Incumbent 3 years, 215 days
  Lawrence Wong
(b. 1972)
13 June 2022 Incumbent 173 days

See alsoEdit


  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.
  3. ^ katherine_chen (6 June 2022). "PMO | Changes to Cabinet and Other Appointments (June 2022)". Prime Minister's Office Singapore. Retrieved 6 June 2022.

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