PM Lee, Minister Ong and 4G leaders: Lau Goh talking cock only, too early to plan for PM successor

Singapore is a unique country where comments of a 14-years-ago PM could make headline.

Last month, Lau Goh made some motherhood statements on FB: “Every succession is different … each cohort will have to pick one amongst themselves … I hope the current cohort will do so in 6 – 9 months’ time.” (Link)

Perhaps Goh was reliving his PM days and mistakenly thought his words somehow still carried some weight.

On 26 Jan, PM Lee brushed off Goh’s armchair comments  on PAP-controlled media: “ESM (Goh) is speaking with the privilege of watching things rather than being responsible to make it happen.”  Singaporeans should therefore know that as a spectator, Goh probably did not know what was happening in PM Lee’s cabinet.

In an orchestrated attempt to support PM Lee, Minister Ong Ye Kung parroted his boss: “So I think it is good not to be constrained by six or nine months. I think the PM has made it quite clear. Don’t get constrained by an artificial deadline.”

MOE Minister Ong was making a silly statement on being constrained because “artificial deadline” is in fact what we know to be “planning”.

For example, PAP planned years ahead to install the 3rd leader of Singapore Inc.  It had taken PM Lee 14 years to learn the ropes from, coincidentally, armchair commenter Lau Goh from 1990 to 2004 as DPM.

Logically, PM Lee’s successor should have been identified by now.  Must Singaporeans wait for PM Lee’s successor to make his grand appearance after 2018 because PAP did not plan?

 

 

 

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