Who will be new PM? Test him in the next general election

Better to find out now who cuts it than risk appointing someone who might be found wanting later

PM Lee Hsien Loong and his Ang Mo Kio GRC teammates (from left) Gan Thiam Poh, Ang Hin Kee, Koh Poh Koon, Intan Azura Mokhtar and Darryl David thanking supporters at Toa Payoh Stadium during the 2015 General Election. In the Singapore context, a gene
PM Lee Hsien Loong and his Ang Mo Kio GRC teammates (from left) Gan Thiam Poh, Ang Hin Kee, Koh Poh Koon, Intan Azura Mokhtar and Darryl David thanking supporters at Toa Payoh Stadium during the 2015 General Election. In the Singapore context, a general election is both an invaluable experience for a PM candidate as well as a rare opportunity for the public to size him up under testing conditions.

When the ruling People's Action Party eventually decides who will be its next leader, neither you or I will have any say in the matter.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 25, 2018, with the headline 'Who will be new PM? Test him in next GE'. Print Edition | Subscribe