Singapore's 4G leaders: Forging a team by collaborating

(From left) Labour chief Chan Chun Sing, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat and Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung, who are widely viewed to be contenders for Prime Minister.
(From left) Labour chief Chan Chun Sing, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat and Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung, who are widely viewed to be contenders for Prime Minister. PHOTOS: JONATHAN CHOO, KELVIN CHNG, MOE
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat at the River Hongbao celebrations at The Float @ Marina Bay in February. Mr Heng will set the national agenda for research and development, taking over from DPM Teo Chee Hean. Labour chief Chan Chun Sing at a Chinese N
Labour chief Chan Chun Sing at a Chinese New Year celebration at Sri Thendayuthapani Temple in February. Mr Chan will assume the role of Trade and Industry Minister after the Cabinet reshuffle. PHOTO: CHETTIARS' TEMPLE SOCIETY
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat at the River Hongbao celebrations at The Float @ Marina Bay in February. Mr Heng will set the national agenda for research and development, taking over from DPM Teo Chee Hean. Labour chief Chan Chun Sing at a Chinese N
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat at the River Hongbao celebrations at The Float @ Marina Bay in February. Mr Heng will set the national agenda for research and development, taking over from DPM Teo Chee Hean.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat at the River Hongbao celebrations at The Float @ Marina Bay in February. Mr Heng will set the national agenda for research and development, taking over from DPM Teo Chee Hean. Labour chief Chan Chun Sing at a Chinese N
Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung meeting devotees at Holy Tree Sri Balasubramaniyar Temple last month. Mr Ong will have an expanded role at MOE, taking over the schools portfolio.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

As they develop closer ties, it will be easier for them to decide on next PM, say observers

While the recent Cabinet reshuffle does not make it that much clearer who Singapore's next prime minister will be, it will move the renewal process along, said members of the fourth-generation (4G) team and political observers.

Much will now depend on how well the 4G ministers, entrusted with new roles, work together, in the process of which one among them will emerge as their clear choice of leader.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 29, 2018, with the headline '4G leaders: Forging a team by collaborating'. Print Edition | Subscribe