Who is Lawrence Wong’s wife? 

Lawrence Wong Shyun Tsai will be appointed as Singapore’s 4th Prime Minister if Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is able to retire after 2025 , just after the next general election. He was part of Singapore’s old “East Coast Plan” having lived and excelled in that community. He was chosen in an unprecedented  secret process facilitated by SPH Chairman Khaw Boon Wan. The 4G ministers who participated in the confidential one-on-one process include Heng Swee Keat, Ng Eng Hen, Vivian Balakrishnan, Shanmugam, Gan Kim Yong, Grace Fu, Josephine Teo, Chan Chun Sing, Ong Ye Kung, Indranee Rajah, Masagos Zulkifli, Iswaran, Desmond Lee, Tan See Leng, amongst others. In Singapore, 4G ministers generally refer to Cabinet ministers who are younger than PM Lee ( he is 70 years old) 

Lawrence Wong studied at Haig Boys’ Primary School, Tanjong Katong Secondary Technical School and Victoria Junior College in Singapore.

Lawrence Wong was awarded a PSC Overseas Merit Scholarship to study in USA and he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin system (Madison campus)  ranked #42 best university in USA by US News, as well as a master’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan system (Ann Harbor campus) ranked #23 Best University in USA by US News – both are amongst the top public universities in USA. 

Lawrence Wong attended the SAF Officer Cadet School in 1997 when he returned from his overseas university studies.

Like all senior public servants in the Singapore government, he was sponsored to attend the Harvard Kennedy School of Government – Master in Public Administration degree program (MPA) in his mid-career. In his early civil service days, he served in various roles at the Ministry of Finance and was also the director of healthcare finance at the Ministry of Health. Like Ong Ye Kung, he also served as PM Lee Hsien Loong’s Principal Private Secretary (PPS), so he is familiar with PM Lee’s leadership style. 

Who is Lawrence Wong’s wife? According to Singapore media, he divorced his first wife, a Hongkonger, many years ago and is now married to Loo Tze Lui, a beautous private wealth manager who is a graduate of University of Southern California.  According to social media, Loo Tze Lui is apparently running a single family office, most likely at Lim Teck Lee, a company which was founded by Lim Kee Ming, who sat on the board of directors of United Overseas Bank and he was a substantial shareholder of the bank. Lim Kee Ming’s son Lim Kaling is now heading Lim Teck Lee and he is a prominent investor and entrepreneur in the ASEAN region (https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/asean-business/razer-co-founder-and-director-lim-kaling-pulls-out-of-myanmar-joint-venture)

Lawrence Wong’s wife, Loo Tze Lui has been featured in Singapore Tatler, the high society magazine and she is listed as a Series B preferred shareholder of Razer Inc in their IPO prospectus. The social media is also abuzz with the possible correlation between Loo Tze Lui and billionaire Dr Loo Choon Yong, founder of SGX-listed Raffles Medical Group. 

There is so much interest in our future Mrs Prime Minister and you can view a public Getty Image of DPM Lawrence Wong and his wife Loo Tze Lui visiting Medellin, Colombia a few years ago: https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/singapores-minister-of-national-development-lawrence-wong-news-photo/1155197389

According to Redditt, Hardwarezone and SG Forums, Lawrence Wong will be Singapore’s first Prime Minister with a declared religion. He is a Methodist Christian and worships at Barker Road Methodist Church (BRMC) inside Anglo-Chinese School. The church in Bukit Timah is well-known for its illustrious membership, counting Ng Eng Hen, Vivian Balakrishnan, Lee Suan Yew, Lim Siong Guan, Goh Jin Hian, Paul Tambyah, Loo Choon Yong, Tay Liam Wee, Chew Hua Seng and families of Forbes Singapore Top 50, amongst others. 

Lawrence Wong  is passionate about music and will be Singapore’s first guitar playing and singing Prime Minister. He is known to be a hands-on manager at the ministries and is known as a policy wonk with a good grasp of the details. However his strategic leadership potential is not clear at this stage. He will be a breath of fresh air in local politics and will become a close office colleague to ESM Goh Chok Tong and Emeritus PM Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana, forming a uniquely Singaporean trinity of leadership at the apex of the Singapore government. 

You can find Lawrence Wong’s excellent guitar performances on YouTube:

     

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Singapore public officers will have access to online classrooms offering a wide range of lessons supplied by Singapore’s institutes of higher learning (IHLs) and an online provider with more than 2,500 courses at its disposal.

It is the first time the Civil Service College (CSC) is partnering the 12 IHLs in a whole-of-government effort to support public sector transformation and the transformation of learning in the sector.

CSC signed an agreement with the IHLs – comprising the five polytechnics, six local universities and the Institute of Technical Education – and Udemy for Government, an approved massive open online courses provider.

When launched, the platform will provide just-in-time learning resources for rapid upskilling, such as in digital literacy, which Minister-in-charge of the Public Service Chan Chun Sing mentioned as a core skill for public officers at a Public Service Transformation Award Ceremony.

Mr Chan, who is also Education Minister, outlined 4 skill sets public servants need to developdigital skills; design thinking; systems thinking; collaboration with Singaporeans.

These are needed, he said, for a new mindset which will see more empathetic policies and programmes designed from the citizen’s point of view.

The CSC said topics covered under the curated list of courses include leadership, management and data analytics. 

After creating an account with CSC, officers will be able to search from a catalogue of online courses. The online digital learning platform will allow them 24/7 access to bite-size content through mediums such as videos, infographics, articles and quizzes.

The CSC said that besides providing public officers with digital learning, the platform will connect officers across the entire public service, “facilitating cross-agency social and peer-learning, and creating a more connected government in the process”.

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China’s top leaders on new Politburo Standing Committee 2022
 
Featured Report on new Premier Li Qiang, People’s Republic of China
 

China Prime Minister Li Qiang was born in July 1959 in Rui’an County, Zhejiang Province. He joined the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 1983. He received his undergraduate education in agricultural mechanization at the Zhejiang Institute of Agriculture’s Ningbo campus in Ningbo City, Zhejiang (1978–82). He pursued further studies through a graduate program in management engineering at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, Zhejiang (via part-time studies, 1995–97); a year-long full-time training program for young and middle-aged cadres at the Central Party School (CPS) in Beijing (2001–02); and a part-time graduate program in world economics at the Central Party School (2001–04).

He also received an MBA from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong (via part-time studies, 2003–05).

 Li began his career working at an electromechanical irrigation and drainage station in Mayu District, Rui’an County (1976–77) and then at the No. 3 Tools Factory in Rui’an County (1977–78). He served as a clerk and an official of the Chinese Communist Youth League (CCYL) Committee of Xincheng District, Rui’an County (1982–83), and as secretary of the CCYL Committee of Rui’an County (1983–84). He also served as deputy division head and division head of the Rural Relief Division of the Zhejiang Provincial Civil Affairs Department (1984–91), then as director of the Personnel Division of the Zhejiang Provincial Civil Affairs Department (1991–92), and finally as deputy director of the Zhejiang Provincial Civil Affairs Department (1992–96).

Following those roles, he served as a member of the Standing Committee of Jinhua City, Zhejiang, and as party secretary of Yongkang City, Zhejiang (1996–98). Next, he served as deputy director of the General Office of the Zhejiang provincial government (1998–2000), and then as director and party secretary of the Bureau of Administration for Industry and Commerce in the Zhejiang provincial government (2000–02).

After that, Li was appointed party secretary of Wenzhou City, Zhejiang (2002–04). He then became secretary-general (chief of staff) of the Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee (2004–12). Finally, he served as secretary of the Zhejiang Provincial Commission of Politics and Law (2011–12), as deputy party secretary of Zhejiang (2011–16), and as governor of Zhejiang (2013–16).  Li was transferred to the neighbouring province of Jiangsu, where he served as party secretary (2016–17).

He was first elected to the Central Committee as an alternate member at the 18th Party Congress in 2012.  Li Qiang is one of Xi Jinping’s most trusted protégés. From 2004 to 2007, he worked directly under Xi as his chief of staff in the Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee. Li’s appointment as party secretary of Jiangsu — an important province that had been beset by scandals involving top provincial leaders — and his appointment as party secretary of Shanghai reflect Xi’s intention to help bolster Li’s leadership credentials. Li Qiang’s wife worked in the transportation bureau of the Zhejiang provincial government before retirement. The couple has one daughter, who has studied in Australia. 

Li Qiang not only has Xi’s firm support but also possesses broad-based managment experience. He has run the three most important provincial economies in the lower Yangtze River region: Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Shanghai. Li is exceptionally well positioned to promote greater economic integration in the lower Yangtze River delta region. He has been strongly supportive of private-sector and service-sector development. He is particularly interested in innovation related to information technology and artificial intelligence. For many years, Li has called for greater efforts to promote the “real economy” or “tangible economy” rather than the “virtual economy.”

Under the leadership of Li Qiang, one of Shanghai’s “magical” endeavours took place amid rising tensions in the U.S.-China trade war during the summer of 2018, when Tesla established its largest overseas plant in the city. Tesla, a Silicon Valley automaker, built a factory in Shanghai, where it would produce 500,000 electric cars annually. It took only ten months for this joint venture to advance from construction to full operation. In spring 2022, Shanghai was locked down for two months under the country’s zero-Covid policy. The draconian measures and chaotic management implemented by Shanghai municipal authorities during this time infuriated Shanghai residents, not only reflecting serious flaws in governance, but also impacting Li Qiang’s political prospects. Despite this, the central government has still praised Li Qiang for his leadership role in firmly implementing Beijing’s policy to protect public health in the city and beyond.  Because of his relatively young age, Li Qiang is often considered a member of the sixth generation cohort (born in the 1960s), alongside rising stars currently in the 25-man Politburo such as Ding Xuexiang, Hu Chunhua, and Chen Min’er. However, in the 2022 party conference, Xi Jinping did not select Hu Chunhua and Chen Min’er  to be part of his new team. 

News Sources: Foreign Policy, CNBC, CNN, Economist, Brookings, BBC, Daily Telegraph, Guardian

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Fun fact: Where is the cheapest HDB flat in Singapore that is located in the city area and with all-weather access to a MRT station with 9 entrances/exits?  Answer: Block 11, Block 12, Block 13, Block 15 at Farrer Park Road (above Farrer Park MRT and next to Farrer Park Primary School) This cluster of HDB flats is on its own prime land and is opposite Farrer Park Hospital as well as Muthu’s Curry and Banana Leaf Apolo. The CDL Piccadilly Grand condo next to it was sold at above $2000 psf and these Farrer Park HDB flats about 35 metres away are priced at only $750 psf in 2022. From Farrer Park MRT, it is only 2 stations to Dhoby Ghaut MRT ( Plaza Singapura) and the Farrer Park MRT is also linked all-weather to the CDL-owned City Square Mall. 

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