Expose the next prime minister to key ministries

I am a Singaporean based in Hong Kong who came back to vote in the recent general election.

As I followed the news, I had no doubt that the People's Action Party (PAP) would win big.

The Government has implemented many changes and took pains to review (and even reverse) some policies which caused dissatisfaction.

This shows that the Government listens to the people and is ready to change for the good of Singaporeans.

The day after the election, as Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam was doing a "thank you, voters" walkabout in Jurong West, I went up to him and congratulated him.

He replied: "Thank you, and we will work hard."

I was touched by his words and his sincerity despite his fatigue.

It is great and humble men like Mr Tharman that make the PAP and Singapore great.

Now, uppermost among the issues the newly elected Government has to work on is leadership succession.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be forming his new Cabinet soon as he prepares Singapore for a better SG100.

Strong and effective leaders are paramount to this vision.

The next prime minister could come from the younger PAP leaders. I hope that he will be as good as current leaders like Mr Lee and Mr Tharman.

I also hope that the next prime minister will have exposure to key ministries that closely touch the lives of citizens - finance, housing, healthcare and, especially, transport.

The candidate should be able to deliver results in these areas to improve our lives and strengthen our Singaporean core values.

Ee Teck Siew

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2015, with the headline 'Expose the next prime minister to key ministries'. Print Edition | Subscribe