Lawrence Wong Shyun Tsai will be appointed as Singapore’s 4th Prime Minister if Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong retires in 2027 after the next general election. He was part of Singapore’s old “East Coast Plan” having lived and excelled in that community.

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

He 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. 

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

Like all senior public servants in the Singapore government, he attended the Harvard Kennedy School and graduated with a Master in Public Administration degree (MPA) in his mid-career. In his early civil service days, he was the director of healthcare finance at the Ministry of Health. 

According to Singapore media, he divorced his wife from his first marriage and is now married to Ms Loo Tze Lui, a private wealth manager who is a graduate of University of Southern California. She is apparently running a certain family office 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 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)

According to Redditt and Hardwarezone, he will be Singapore’s first Prime Minister with a religion. He is a Methodist Christian and worships at ACS Barker Road Methodist Church (where Ng Eng Hen, Vivian Balakrishnan, Tommy Koh, Lee Suan Yew and Paul Tambyah are also members) 

Lawrence  is passionate about music and will be Singapore’s first guitar playing and singing Prime Minister. He will be a breath of fresh air in politics. Look at some of the famous leaders in this world – Lee Kuan Yew, Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Deng Xiaoping, Mahatma Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln .. they simply did not have strong musical talents. 

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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”.