When Michael Palmer resigned, many including myself thought that Ong Ye Kung is now preparing himself for a by-election. Today, we know Ong Ye Kung will join Keppel Corp as a Director. I think that Ong Ye Kung will still be fielded as a candidate in Punggol East after he becomes Keppel Corp’s Director. I think that if Ong Ye Kung were to be fielded as a candidate of the ruling party, he will win in what many believe to be a multi-cornered fight.
Once Ye Kung is elected as MP of Punggol East, I believe he may be reshuffled to a GRC with lower Opposition support in the next General Election and if so, I believe Ong Ye Kung will be appointed a Minister once he wins the GRC election contest.
Even if Ong Ye Kung does not enter politics, I believe he may become the next CEO of Keppel Corp after Choo Siau Beng as many Government-Linked companies like SBS Transit, Changi Airport Group, SMRT, NOL are currently helmed by former high-flying scholars from MINDEF or from the Administrative Serivice.
Before Ye Kung, another high-flying scholar, former BG and Deputy Secretary in National Development Tay Lim Heng joined Keppel Integrated Engineering as CEO.