If Singapore’s politics go wrong, our government will go wrong too: PM Lee



Returning to the topic of leadership succession and renewal, Mr. Lee said that he recently received a visitor from a developed country whose leadership changed hands every two or three years, sometimes more frequently.

“I admired how orderly and systematic our political successions were. I replied that it is not easy for us either, but we are determined to fulfill our responsibility to future generations to the best of our ability,” added Mr. Lee.

He noted that the fourth generation, or 4G, team has chosen Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong to lead them.

Sunday’s central executive committee (CEC) election will also see a follow-up renewal in the PAP’s leadership, he said.

Mr. Lee thanked Party Chairman Gan Kim Yong, who will not stand for re-election in the CEC.

“We need to continue to engage good people in Singapore politics, people with ideas to improve our lives and with a heart to serve the people and represent their concerns,” said Mr. Lee.

“People who can form the most capable, committed and cohesive teams of MPs (members of parliament) and ministers to lead Singapore. People who will carry the success of Singapore to the next generation.”

Lee then described the last General Election (GE), which took place in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, as “a huge changing of the guard in the midst of a crisis.” The PAP had incorporated 24 new deputies.

He said that since then, the party has been “busy looking for new potential candidates.”

“We have already identified some promising ones, and more are in the pipeline,” he added.

“I am confident that come the next EG, we will again be able to field a talented, diverse and representative team of candidates, both experienced and new, ready to work with voters and move Singapore forward.”

Mr. Lee noted that the next GE will coincide with Singapore’s political succession and that the nation “will be tested on all fronts, both domestically and internationally.”

“I have no doubt that our neighbors will be watching closely if Singaporeans continue to support the government; whether Singapore will continue to function and be successful, as it has been doing. Let us do our best to decisively win the upcoming elections,” he added.

He called on party members and activists to work with MPs and branch presidents to engage with and “win the hearts and minds” of residents and groups, as well as to “convince voters that a PAP government is our best hope for a stable and successful Singapore. .

“My team and I, whether it’s 3G, 4G or 5G, we will honor the trust placed in us,” Lee said.

“We will always do what is right for the people. We will never shy away from tough decisions and will work with you to ensure a better life for all and a brighter future for generations to come.”


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