Unwrapped: Expectations of Singapore’s 4G leadership

  • Singapore’s Finance Minister Lawrence Wong leveraged his role as co-chair in managing the pandemic and kicked rival candidates from the same party to the kerb to take on the role as the republic’s next prime minister.
  • Only a few years ago, Mr Wong was a little known civil servant turned politician.
  • Through our weekly series Unwrapped this week, TheHomeGround Asia takes a look at whether Mr Wong and the 4G leaders continue to subscribe to the template created by Singapore’s forefathers, or have the charisma and foresight to take Singapore on to the future.

In our weekly series Unwrapped, TheHomeGround Asia takes a closer look at major stories and happenings that impact Singaporeans.

Finance Minister Lawrence Wong was named the leader of ruling People Action Party’s (PAP) fourth generation (4G) team in April 2022, paving the way for him to be Singapore’s prime minister.

The decision was not only affirmed by Cabinet ministers, but also endorsed by all the party’s MPs during a caucus.

It was only a few years ago that Mr Wong was a reiatively little-known civil servant turned politician. and only a few people actually considered him a potential national leader. But he leverage his performance as co-chair of the multi-ministerial task force to lead Singapore’s Covid-19 response, allowing him to cultivate a capable public image and kicking strong contenders Health Minister Ong Ye Kung and Education Minister Chan Chun Sing to the wayside. He ultimately won the confidence of his governing party peers.

The question is: Will Mr Wong be able to step out of both PM Lee Hsien Loong’s and the elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew’s shadow to fashion his own brand of leadership? Will he and his 4G team have the charisma and foresight to take Singapore on to the future?

RELATED: Unwrapped: Rising COE – Driving a wedge between Singaporeans

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