Sunday, March 29, 2009

Singapore's next Prime Minister

With the promotion of Mr Teo Chee Hean as Deputy Prime Minister, the cyberworld is abuzz with the possibility of Mr Teo as the next Prime Minister. However, in my own opinion, this possibility is highly unlikely for he is just 3 years younger than Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Mr Lee is expected to lead Singapore for another 10 years or more, thus his successor should be someone currently in his or her 40s.

Many have also speculated Rear Admiral Lui Tuck Yew, who was inducted into Parliament in the General Election 2006 and was the first of his cohort to make it into minsterial level (Acting Minister for the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts) on 1 Apr 09. Lui, currently aged 47 has a great opportunity in terms of age for the top post on this island.

However, in the recent months, Singapore has also seen a high-flyer taking up the position of the 3rd Assistant General Secretary of NTUC, Mr Ong Ye Kung, aged 39. He is the first non-MP who makes it to such a high rank in NTUC. Mr Ong was also formerly a principal secretary to PM Lee and currently holds the appointment of Chief Executive of the Singapore's Workforce Development Agency. My guess is that Mr Ong Ye Kung would be inducted into Parliament in the next coming General Election and be one of the high-flyer potential MP to make it to Ministerial Grade and given his curent profile and age, Mr Ong Ye Kung may become the 4th Prime Minister of Singapore!

However I could be also wrong, for there are also currently many Generals and Admirals, ex- President Scholarship recipients for consideration of the top job in Singapore!

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