If Singapore’s politics goes wrong, our governance will go wrong too: PM Lee

If Singapore’s politics goes wrong, our governance will go wrong too: PM Lee


Turning to the issue of succession and leadership renewal, Mr Lee said that he recently received a visitor from a developed country whose leadership changed hands every two or three years, sometimes more frequently.

“He admired how orderly and systematic our political successions were. I replied to him that it is not easy for us either, but we are determined to fulfil our responsibility to future generations to the best of our ability,” Mr Lee added.

He noted that the fourth generation, or 4G, team has chosen Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong to lead them.

Sunday’s central executive committee (CEC) election will also see a renewal follow-through in the PAP’s leadership, he said.

Mr Lee thanked party chairman Gan Kim Yong, who will not be standing for re-election in the CEC.

“We need to keep on inducting good people into Singapore politics — people with ideas to improve our lives, and with the heart to serve the people and represent their concerns,” Mr Lee said.

“People who can form the most capable, committed and cohesive teams of MPs (Members of Parliament) and ministers to lead Singapore. People who will carry Singapore’s success further into the next generation.”

Mr Lee then described the last General Election (GE), which took place in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, as “a major changing of the guard in the midst of a crisis”. The PAP had brought in 24 new MPs.

He said that since then, the party has been “busy combing for new potential candidates”.

“We have already identified some promising ones, and more are in the pipeline,” he added.

“I am confident that come the next GE, we will again be able to present a talented, diverse and representative team of candidates, both experienced and new, ready to work with voters and take Singapore forward.”

Mr Lee noted that the next GE will coincide with Singapore’s political succession and that the nation “will be tested on all fronts, domestically as well as abroad”.

“I have no doubt our neighbours will be watching closely whether Singaporeans continue to support the government; whether Singapore will continue to function and succeed, the way it has been doing. Let us do our utmost to win the next election decisively,” he added.

He called on party members and activists to work with MPs and branch chairs to engage and “win the hearts and minds” of residents and groups, as well as “convince voters that a PAP government is our best hope for a stable and successful Singapore”.

“My team and I — whether 3G, 4G or 5G — will honour the trust placed in us,” Mr Lee said.

“We will always do right by the people. We will never shy away from the tough calls, and we will work with you to secure a better life for all, and a brighter future for generations to come.”