Politics

Potential issues in a Heng succession

The murky waters in and around political succession in Singapore seems to have cleared up somewhat. Speculation on whether former army man Mr Chan Chun Sing (Chan) would take top spot has cooled with the announcement by current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (PM Lee) that the 4G political office holders have chosen Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat (Heng) as …

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ESM Goh’s CNA interview reveals rather telling of seemingly prevalent attitude within the ruling establishment

The various answers that Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong (ESM Goh) gave at an interview for Channel News Asia (CNA) are rather telling of the seemingly prevalent attitude within the ruling establishment in Singapore. While ESM Goh was comfortable waxing lyrical on the “negatives” of others in politics, he was rather light on detail for himself. He had opinions …

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Singapore has to be “aware of its weaknesses and strengths” – Does the government apply this logic on themselves?

Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing (Chan) has called for Singapore be “aware of its weaknesses and strengths, which include its long-term perspectives and strategies, as well as rule of law and predictable business environment where people can thrive“. While I agree broadly with with the sentiments of his words, I wonder what he really means? Surely for Singapore …

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Former GIC Chief-economist questions Chan Chun Sing’s apparent downplaying of Govt’s actual role in alleviating socioeconomic inequality

Former Chief Economist at GIC and former adjunct professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Yeoh Lam Keong has criticised Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing’s statement regarding collective responsibility in easing the effects of social mobility and globalisation. Mr Yeoh, in his Facebook post on Friday (30 Nov), raised the question as to why the …

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If SMS Edwin Tong has difficulty managing household expenses with $935k a year, what does it say of his budgeting skill?

I vehemently disagree with Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong’s broad brush generalisation of equating levels of competence with salary amounts. He asserts that if ministers are not well paid, we would end up with “very very mediocre” ministers in the future. So is he suggesting that lawyers are more competent than social workers or that bankers are cleverer than …

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ESM Goh: Heng himself chose Chan to be his deputy

Speaking to Channel NewsAsia on Monday (26 Nov), Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong noted that Heng Swee Kiat “hasn’t quite been exposed to the mobilisation of people, working with the PAP, the NTUC, and working with the PA”. “Chan Chun Sing has that,” He added. He thought both would complement each other. Goh’s comments came days after Heng was …

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