SINGAPORE: Current Attorney-General V K Rajah will step down on Jan 14, 2017, upon reaching the retirement age of 60, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said on Friday (Nov 25).
Mr Lucien Wong will replace him for a three-year term effective the same day, PMO added.
As a transitional arrangement, Mr Wong will be appointed Deputy Attorney-General with effect from Dec 19 this year. When he takes over as Attorney-General, Solicitor-General Lionel Yee will be appointed Deputy Attorney-General, in addition to Mr Tan Siong Thye.
Under Mr Rajah's leadership, the Attorney-General’s Chambers provided legal support for the formulation and implementation of the Government’s programmes and for the successful negotiation of significant international agreements.
He also directed the legal work on Singapore’s negotiations with Malaysia on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail and the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System, PMO said.
"The Government thanks Mr Rajah for his service and contributions as Attorney-General," it said.
Mr Wong is chairman and senior partner at Allen & Gledhill until December, after which he will take on the role of Deputy Attorney-General. He is also a director of a number of organisations including Temasek Holdings and is chairman of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.
The Law Society welcomed Mr Wong's appointment as Attorney-General. In a media statement, a spokesperson said: "Mr Wong was one of our top corporate lawyers and brings with him a formidable and creative legal mind. We live in a fast-changing world and the legal industry as a whole will undergo significant disruption in the short and medium term.
"His broad transactional experience, proven management skills in helming Singapore’s largest law firm and practical track record in cutting edge deals will bring to the office a skill set uniquely equipped to deal with the evolution of the changing legal environment in Singapore.
"The Law Society pledges its support to Mr Wong in his new appointment and looks forward to working closely with his Chambers in furtherance of the administration of justice."
The Law Society also paid tribute to the outgoing Attorney-General. "Many of (Mr Rajah's) decisions are landmark and transformational pronouncements of the law. His contributions to the legal landscape here have helped to lay the foundation for the development of the law for many years to come.
"We wish him many more fulfilling years within the legal community and look forward to him returning to the Bar.”