Singapore’s transport minister and former chief executive of the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA), Lui Tuck Yew, has shocked the Singapore maritime industry advising prime minister Lee Hsien Loon that he will not be standing for re-election in the next Singapore general election.
Prime minister Lee said in Facebook post this afternoon: “Lui Tuck Yew has told me that he does not wish to stand again in the coming General Election, and I have reluctantly accepted his decision. He had told me this early this year. My senior colleagues and I tried hard to change his mind, and are disappointed that we did not succeed.
“Tuck Yew has done a lot for my team and for Singapore over the last decade, especially these last four years as Minister for Transport.”
Lui began his career in the Singapore Navy and appointed chief of navy in 1999. In 2003 he was appointed CEO of the MPA, and in 2006 Lui went into politics, elected to parliament in the Tanjong Pagar constituency. He was re-elected in 2011 and appointed the minister for transport.