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A new 4G leadership style is taking shape

A governing style of the fourth generation of political leaders, based on collegial leadership and partnership with citizens, is emerging.

A multi-ministry task force press conference on Jan 27, 2020 comprising (from left) ministers S. Iswaran, Chan Chun Sing, Gan Kim Yong, Lawrence Wong and Ong Ye Kung. Mr Desmond Lee is seated in the front row, right. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
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Next week is Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s 70th birthday, the date he had given himself, years ago, as the occasion when he would like to hand over Singapore to a new leader.

Instead, Feb 10 will come and go with the same uncertainty in political succession that has prevailed since designated leader Mr Heng Swee Keat stepped aside in April last year. This left the field wide open for three other contenders to vie, openly or covertly, for the top post. Mr Lee has also said more recently he will stay on as PM to see Singapore through the Covid-19 pandemic.

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