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In his latest book, Lee Kuan Yew effectively ruled out Education Minister Heng Swee Keat as the next PM. “He was the best principal private secretary I ever had. The only pity is that he is not of a big bulk, which makes a difference in a mass rally.”
Ouch!
Many years ago, Lee ruled out Dhanabalan for prime ministership because he is not a  Chinese.
Law Minister K Shanmugam seems to side with the non-Chinese argument. In a TV interview, he said race is a potent issue. He went on to talk about Barack Obama becoming the US president because he is “exceptional”.
What did he mean by race being a potent issue?
The reporter did not follow through with that question.
Aren’t there are exceptional non-Chinese politicians in Singapore?
Again, the reporter did not follow through.
We hope to hear more from Minister Shanmugam on these issues. Maybe, he can use his Facebook, where he is very active, to elaborate.
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