Chan Chun Sing: All 4th generation leaders must be ready to be PM when called upon

He also said that in Singapore, leadership is a responsibility to be borne, not a position to be sought.

By Chan Cheow Pong | October 30, 2017

The search for the next Prime Minister is on.

PM Lee Hsien Loong, 65, had publicly said he would step down after the next election before he turns 70.

He revealed recently in an interview that the candidate is “very likely” to be in the cabinet already.

PM Lee’s CNBC interview: Next PM very likely in the Cabinet, his ministerial peers will decide

On Monday (Oct. 30), Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and NTUC Secretary-General Chan Chun Sing, told journalists at a Foreign Correspondents Association of Singapore briefing that the fourth generation leaders — a reference to the new leadership team which includes him, must be ready to take on the job when called upon.

Chan was quoted by Reuters as saying:

“All of us have to be prepared to do the job when called upon.”

“In Singapore, leadership is a responsibility to be borne, not a position to be sought.”

He also said whoever took over was unlikely to drastically change the government’s policy direction.

Besides Chan, it is publicly understood that Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat and Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung are also seen as the front runners for the top post.

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About Chan Cheow Pong

It took Cheow Pong two decades to recover from the trauma of memorising General Paper essays before he was ready to be an English writer. In between affliction and recovery, he thoroughly enjoyed his time writing in Chinese and doing Chinese translations.

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