SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be on local leave for two weeks from Thursday (Dec 17) to Dec 31, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday.
No Acting Prime Minister will be appointed as Mr Lee will remain contactable throughout this period, added the Prime Minister’s Office.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday evening, Mr Lee said he plans to spend the time exploring Singapore and reading.
"No travelling overseas this year. Instead, I will be exploring our island and catching up on my reading. Will update should I come across anything interesting during my #jalanjalan," said Mr Lee.
Mr Lee's press secretary said in an update on Wednesday evening that Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat would also be on local leave on some days while Mr Lee is on leave.
"PM Lee decided he could continue since he was not travelling and would remain contactable, rather than switching between himself and DPM as Acting PM," said Ms Chang Li Lin.
Mr Heng would chair the Cabinet meetings during this period, she added.