The Constitution of Singapore was amended in 1991 to give the Elected President custodial powers to safeguard Singapore’s past reserves and the integrity of the public service. The Constitution provided for the Council of Presidential Advisers (CPA) to advise the President in the exercise of these custodial powers. It is obligatory for the President to consult the CPA when exercising the discretionary powers related to all fiscal and appointment-related matters.
|2 Alternate Members||
Top Photo (from left to right): Mrs Mildred Tan-Sim Beng Mei, Mr Bahren Shaari, Mr Stephen Lee Ching Yen (former member), Mr Goh Joon Seng, Mr Eddie Teo, President Halimah Yacob, Mr Po'ad Bin Shaik Abu Bakar Mattar (former member), Mr Lim Chee Onn, Mr Chua Thian Poh and Ms Chua Sock Koong. Not in photo: Mr S Dhanabalan, Mr Peter Seah Lim Huat and Mr Gan Seow Kee.
CPA membership is drawn into three divisions. Each member's appointment expires every sixth year.
The three divisions are staggered so that every two years, all seats in a division will expire at the same time. If a seat is prematurely vacated, the term of the replacement member will have the same expiry date as that of the member he replaces, so as to preserve the staggering.
The current Chairman of the CPA is Mr Eddie Teo.
Members: Mr S Dhanabalan, Mr Goh Joon Seng, Mr Lim Chee Onn, Mr Chua Thian Poh, Mr Bahren Shaari, Ms Chua Sock Koong and Mr Peter Seah Lim Huat.
Alternate members: Mrs Mildred Tan-Sim Beng Mei and Mr Gan Seow Kee.
The Chairman of the CPA also exercises the functions of the Office of the President in the absence of the President. If he is unavailable, this duty falls on the Speaker of Parliament.
|Tenure in CPA||Tenure as Alternate Member*|
|1||Mr Eddie Teo (Chairman)||Since Aug 2018
|2||Mr S Dhanabalan||Since Jan 2004||-|
|3||Mr Goh Joon Seng||Since Jan 2008||-|
|4||Mr Lim Chee Onn||Since Apr 2017||Jan 2008 to Mar 2017
|5||Mr Chua Thian Poh||Since Jan 2019||Apr 2017 to Jan 2019
|6||Mr Bahren Shaari||Since Jan 2020||Apr 2017 to Jan 2020|
|7||Ms Chua Sock Koong||Since Jun 2020||Jan 2019 to Jun 2020
|8||Mrs Mildred Tan-Sim Beng Mei
||Since Jan 2020|
|9||Mr Gan Seow Kee
||-||Since Jun 2020|
|10||Mr Peter Seah Lim Huat||Since Jan 2021|
*Alternate Members were introduced in 2008.
CPA proceedings are private. The CPA may ask public officers to furnish information. Should any public officer appear before the CPA, the officer is prohibited from disclosing the discussions.
|Name / Appointment||Tenure|
|1||Mr Lim Kim San / Chairman||Jan 1992 to Jan 2004|
|2||Dr Michael Fam Yue Onn / Member||Jan 1992 to Jan 2004|
|3||Dr Cheong Siew Keong / Member||Jan 1992 to Jan 2008|
|4||Mr Ridzwan bin Haji Dzafir / Member||Jan 1992 to Jan 2007|
|5||Mr Lee Seng Wee / Member||Jan 1992 to Jan 2001|
|6||Dr Ee Peng Liang / Member||July 1992 to Aug 1994|
|7||Mr Teo Cheng Guan / Member||Nov 1994 to May 2002|
|8||Mr Sim Kee Boon||Jan 1997 to Jan 2004 (Member)
Jan 2004 to Sep 2005 (Chairman)
Sep 2005 to Jan 2007 (Member)
|9||Prof Cham Tao Soon / Member||Jan 2004 to Jan 2010|
|10||Mr Yong Pung How / Member||Jan 2007 to Jan 2013|
|11||Mr Lee Tzu Yang / Member||Jan 2013 to Aug 2018|
|12||Mr J Y Pillay||Jan 2001 to Sep 2005 (Member)
Sep 2005 to Jan 2019 (Chairman)
|13||Mr Bobby Chin Yoke Choong||Jan 2010 to Jan 2020 (Member)|
|14||Mr Stephen Lee Ching Yen||Jan 2008 to Jun 2020 (Member)|
Mr Po'ad Bin Shaik Abu Bakar Mattar / Member
|Jan 2007 to Jan 2021|
The President is responsible for safeguarding the national reserves and the integrity of the public service. The President also receives foreign dignitaries, officiates at state functions and performs other ceremonial and community duties.
Besides official functions, the President actively supports community and social causes. The President often graces events organised by grassroots, community and welfare groups, as well as ethnic and religious organisations.
The portraits of President Halimah and her spouse, Mr Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee, are displayed in public buildings. The Presidential Standard is flown at the Istana in the day, when the President is in the country. The Presidential Crest is used on state crockery, gifts and stationery related to the President.