On 1 April 2008, he appointed Acting and later promoted to full Minister on 1 April 2009.
This made health care substantially more difficult to provide for in this new but bustling port.
Singapore is gradually granting small groups of vaccinated people increased liberties, resuming in-person and permitting quarantine-free travel from select countries as it ramps up its vaccine booster programme.
So far, it's been that.
The country has also reopened its borders, allowing quarantine-free travel for vaccinated people from 21 countries, including areas of Europe where infection numbers are rising.
If they can be attracted here, they will keep us all very busy.