Potential 4G PM Chan: PM Lee decides where I go and what I do

In a Straits Times report today (‘Chun Sing says NTUC will do job well even without him’, 20 Apr), potential 4th generation PM Chan Chun Sing told reporters, “Where I go, what I do, is the Prime Minister’s prerogative.”

He was asked whether he is moving to a new role after the Cabinet reshuffle, which is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

He is viewed as one of the 3 leading candidates to be Singapore’s 4th generation PM, the other two being Minister of Education Ong Ye Kun and Minister of Finance, Heng Swee Keat.

There has been talk that he will be the new trade and industry minister as his past roles were largely in the social and defence areas.

He also told reporters that he is confident that NTUC will continue to carry on even if he were to be moved to a new role in the upcoming Cabinet reshuffle.

Correcting Reuters’ report

Last year, when he was asked by foreign correspondents if he would like the job of PM, he said, “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 said, citing a comment previously made by Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

This is according to a Reuters’ report.

But later, he complained to Reuters about the misreporting and Reuters corrected the story to make it clear that Chan was talking about his colleagues as well as himself together.