Singaporeans may find out who the nation’s next Prime Minister will be during the cabinet reshuffle in 2018

According to several political pundits, Singaporeans may find out who will succeed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to become the nation’s fourth head of government early next year, with a major Cabinet reshuffle looming ahead.

Both former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong and PM Lee were appointed Deputy Prime Minister before they each became the head of government. Analysts at TODAY have opined that the individual or one of the individuals appointed as Deputy Prime Minister during the next Cabinet reshuffle, that is expected to take place in February or March 2018, will rise to the hot seat especially since the reshuffle is expected to hand over more reins to the younger ruling party cohort.

Analysts have also narrowed the list of potential successors to three Ministers: Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Chan Chun Sing, and Education Minister Ong Ye Kung.

Speaking to a local daily, former ruling party parliamentarian Inderjit Singh asserted that the Prime Minister has already left it late in giving the people an indication of who will succeed him: “The future Prime Minister (should have) started taking key duties by now… It is already too late.”

Singh added that the next PM should have ideally served at least two terms as a deputy and be given more duties to do with major policies “before he or she can confidently take on the job.”

According to an associate lecturer with SIM Global Education, Dr Felix Tan, there is an urgency in leadership renewal: “There is a need for the new crop of leaders to try and test out their roles, and get familiar with the different portfolios in order to ensure that they are prepared to take over the helm of certain ministries.”

 

Singapore Management University law lecturer Eugene Tan echoed this sentiment and said that the current leadership appears to be “running behind schedule.” He added: “For a government that has always emphasised renewal and succession, this raises legitimate questions about the readiness of the fourth generation leadership, if not about the much vaunted process. By the time PM Lee steps down, he (could) be the oldest of our Prime Ministers.”

 

Another pundit, political scientist Woo Jun Jie from Nanyang Technological University, opined that PM Lee would not step down immediately as he could let his successor lead the ruling party at the next election “on his own merit.” He added: “This is to ensure the fourth generation leadership attains political mandate and legitimacy… It is crucial that the next Prime Minister is capable of securing citizens’ trust and support.”

These observations by local analysts fall in line with comments made by members of the government that the next Prime Minister is already in the Cabinet.

Heng Swee Keat deftly deflects question on whether he will be the next Prime Minister

Chan Chun Sing said he is prepared to become the next PM if called upon

The Man in the Middle: Is Chan Chun Sing hinting that he will be Singapore’s next Prime Minister?

 

111 COMMENTS

  1. Does it going to do any good? I doubt so. First you discriminate by race. Then by education. Then you discriminate by his loyalty. What you get in the end is a dummy. No use of all this exercise. Just say it is selection for PM to serve one agenda only.

  2. 不管是-。。。那个。。。(都对本岛。。。一点用。。 都没有)。。。(走了。。。吸血鬼$$$)。。。(接下来。。。也不会。。。有什么。。。作为)。。。(又是。。。另外。。。一支。。吸血鬼。。。上台)。。。。呼呼。。。。

  3. my speculation is LHL will not step down until he is 75 or 80, why? because once he lose power, he may stand the danger of being prosecuted ny his successor because there’s simply too much dirt in which he creates and his successor would not want to take the blame.

  4. Grooming the seat warmer ! All likely yes men. HSK nice personality but not brilliant enough. CCS likely to be the most ambitious. OYK probably a maverick, which Singapore needs.

  5. FYI, CCS WAS RAISED BY A SINGLE PARENT. AND WHEN HDB/MND REJECTED SINGLE PARENT RULES FOR HDB FLATS, THE CRONY CCS KEPT SO QUIET.

    ANOTHER EXAMPLE ALL CRONY MIW MINISTERS DON’T CARE AND DON’T SPEAK UP FOR CITIZENS. STILL VOTE FOR THEM! REAL STUPIDITY!!

  6. Birds of a feather flock together we all know since primary school. Birds of a feather also think the same altogether in this scenario, bringing us to the question of who really cares who the next PM is going to be? Lampa Pa Lan very strongly at play here does not equate to new leadership qualities in an ownself choose ownself man for new PM.

  7. Why being selected instead of elected? Why let LHL choose? He is in no position to select coz he knows nuts about Singaporeans’ life… He is born with golden spoon n a spoilt brat….even now he is still a spoilt brat & is a sore losser….who made bribing legal for all ministers & himself….

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