25 February 2018
There are three likely contenders for the top job, according to most reports, though it isn’t clear how these names were first surfaced – Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, labour chief Chan Chun Sing and Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung.
Who among the current three can do it?
I am sure PAP leaders – and certainly PM Lee – have their own views about this, but there is no better test than having the man take charge of GE2021.
The experience can make or break any leader.
But better to find out now who is up to the mark than to risk appointing someone who might be found wanting later.
In the ideal succession scenario, the PM-designate should be identified well before GE2021 and tasked with leading the party into it. Whoever is chosen must have what it takes to pull this off, or step aside.
… Han Fook Kwang is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University.
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