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Calvin Cheng weighs in on who should be the next PM; netizens say Tharman

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Former Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Calvin Cheng weighed in on who he thought should be the next Prime Minister of Singapore on social media on Sunday, November 18. In his post on Facebook, he wrote, “I was asked below by a commentator who I thought should be the next PM”.

However Cheng continued by not answering directly and saying, “Without naming names, I have this to say: who is best for the PAP, may not be the best for Singapore. Who may be best for Singapore, may not be the best for the PAP”.

He then explained the difference between the two. For the PAP, he said, “The era of colourless but competent technocrats sailing through elections unchallenged must surely be over. Candidates have to win elections and for better or for worse, we only need to look at other developed countries to see what sort of leader wins elections: charismatic, eloquent, and able to connect with the people”.

He continued, listing the qualities in a leader he thought would be the best for the people.

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“The technocratic and steady leadership that has served us well for the last half-century would continue to serve us well. One doesn’t need to be able to take good selfies, or wear colourful costumes, or have a telegenic smile to be able to formulate the best policies to see us through the next decade. But one needs the respect and support of his peers and the civil service to be able to execute these policies well”.

Cheng explained that the conundrum now faced was deciding if Singapore needed a politician or a technocrat more – since he said it was rare that both qualities existed in the same person.

He concluded his post saying, “This is the conundrum the 4G now faces. We all hope they will choose wisely”.

While Cheng got rather didactic and did not take a stance in the question he was asked, many commented that Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies Tharman Shanmugaratnam was a top favourite.

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