Chan Chun Sing confident NTUC plans will be carried out even if he is moved to a new role

NTUC secretary-general Chan Chun Sing believes his NTUC colleagues will continue to carry out its plans well for "the things we believe in and to get them done well".
NTUC secretary-general Chan Chun Sing believes his NTUC colleagues will continue to carry out its plans well for "the things we believe in and to get them done well". ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

SINGAPORE - NTUC secretary-general Chan Chun Sing said he is confident the labour movement will continue to carry out its plans well, even if he were to be moved to a new role in the upcoming Cabinet reshuffle.

Mr Chan believes his National Trades Union Congress colleagues will do so for "the things we believe in and to get them done well", he said at a media briefing on the labour movement's May Day message for this year.

"We are always conscious that if you are around and things get done, that is one level of competency. If you are no longer around and things still get done because there's a collective vision and ownership, that is a higher quality of competency that we all should aspire to."

He noted that when the labour movement made a very affirmative statement at the end of last year of where it wants to go in the way it represents workers, it received more than 97 per cent of votes.

"This is the contribution not of any one individual but is a collective effort," he added.

Mr Chan, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, declined to be drawn into commenting on whether he is moving to a new role after the Cabinet reshuffle, which is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

He is viewed as one of three leading candidates to be Singapore's next prime minister and the talk is that he is likely be given a new portfolio before Parliament reconvenes on May 7.

 
 
 

When asked about such a possibility, he said: "Where I go, what I do is the Prime Minister's prerogative, so if there's any change, wait for the Prime Minister's announcement."

He was also asked the labour movement's sentiments on the possibility of having to say goodbye to him soon.

"You're fishing for an answer," he said with a laugh.

"I always remind my colleagues, we should be more focused on where the country is going than where one individual is going."

There has been talk that Mr Chan will be the new Trade and Industry Minister, given that his past roles were largely in the social and defence fields. He was previously the social and family development minister, and second defence minister.