You know leadership succession within the Singapore government is imperative when something like yesterday happened on national TV.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was taken ill as a result of prolonged standing, heat and dehydration. Thankfully, he took a break, recovered and continued his rally speech within 80 minutes.
While on the subject of leadership succession, he announced yesterday that Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong would be appointed as Second Minister for Finance to assist Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat who suffered a stroke in in May.
“Nothing that has happened has changed my timetable, or my resolve to press on with succession.” – PM Lee on having leadership succession as his priority.
Moving into the next 50 years towards SG100, 3 key areas (Economy, Education, Social Policies) need to be looked at to lead Singapore into the future.
Perhaps the ministries involved in these three key areas may include:
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Manpower
Ministry of Trade and Industry
Prime Minister’s Office and National Trades Union Congress
Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Social and Family Development
So let’s look into the crystal ball again and see what the next cabinet reshuffle (which we are not sure when…) will possibly churn out for these ministries:
Disclaimer: All these is just us making a guess only – nothing is for real…
Ong Ye Kung – Ministry of Manpower
The former deputy secretary general of the National Trades Union Congress and Chief Executive of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency knows the ins and outs of the labour force and all that is involved, including skills and upgrading, retirement adequacy and tripartism. He should be the best candidate for the Manpower Ministry.
Ng Chee Meng – Ministry of Education
The Acting Minister for Education is now in charge of schools from the pre-school level to the junior college level.
Lawrence Wong – Ministry of Finance
PM Lee yesterday (21 August 2016) appointed Minister Lawrence Wong as the second Minister for Finance. In a Facebook post, he mentioned his previous stint as a civil servant in the Finance Ministry which he thoroughly enjoyed. Appointing him to the Finance Ministry should be a right fit.
Tan Chuan-Jin – Ministry of Social and Family Development
The current Minister for Social and Family Development has made good progress to introduce social policies to help the underprivileged and families.
Chan Chun Sing – Minister, PMO and Secretary-General, NTUC
The current Labour Chief is doing well bringing about a wave of change in the labour movement, connecting the unions together with SMEs (Small, Medium Enterprises), Freelancers and Self-Employed, and the trade associations.
Heng Swee Keat – Ministry of Trade and Industry
The current Finance Minister was at one time the Permanent Secretary for the MTI. He could put his experience to good use as the Minister for Trade and Industry and bring in businesses to Singapore.
“Whom are we building Singapore for? It’s not just for ourselves. It’s for our children, our grandchildren. It’s always been the Singapore story. Every generation doing better than the one before, looking ahead, acting now, giving the best chance possible for the next generation.” – PM Lee Hsien Loong.