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Minister Mentor (abbreviation: MM) was 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, the late Lee Kuan Yew was the only person who has held this post, from 12 August 2004 to 21 May 2011.

Minister Mentor of Singapore
ResidenceSri Temasek
AppointerPrime Minister of Singapore
Formation12 August 2004
First holderLee Kuan Yew
Final holderLee Kuan Yew
Abolished21 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 Pembimbing
  • Tamil: அமைச்சர் அறிவுரையாளர் ('Ammaichar Arivuraiyaalar' in direct English transliteration)


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

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