Lawrence Wong recounts struggles and wins: From being a civil service ‘quant’ to PM

Lawrence Wong recounts struggles and wins: From being a civil service 'quant' to PM

Mr. Wong recalls that when Prime Minister Lee invited him to elections in 2011, he said that being in politics was his” calling.”

About a century and one COVID- 19 pandemic after, it was day for the 4G leaders to get a head among themselves.

They chose someone to help the process, hear their opinions, pick the ideal candidate for the position, and bring the entire team together. Mr. Khaw was roped in to help the process after the 4G squad had a discussion with Mr. Lee.

” As he was going about the discussions, Boon Wan was very careful, he did not allow on at all who might have emerged from the process. Not at all, according to Mr. Wong, adding that this was the reason why he and his family were taken aback by the outcome.

Mr Wong is married to Ms Loo Tze Lui, who was the vice- president of the Singapore’s Young Men’s Christian Association ( YMCA ). Ms Loo is a former businessman, according to an recorded version of her report on the YMCA site.

She knew I was a part of this process, so we were prepared for it. And we were aware that we would recognize the process’s conclusion before proceeding. And if this is the effect, then I would move away and I would get on the responsibility”, he said.

” And that is why I am here, where I am today”.


A journalist asked Mr. Wong what that meant about the Singapore structure and its cultural small after noticing that he had attended a neighborhood school.

To this, Mr Wong said he was” a solution of the Singapore system”.

He claimed that regardless of what their abilities or abilities may be or what career paths they choose to take, every person has the opportunity to thrive and realize their potential in the Singapore they want to see.

” But to make this happen, we need a system and a world where every task is respected and where every task receives good give,” he continued. And we recognise folks for each of their achievements”, said Mr Wong.

As long as they work continuously, part of the Singapore small aims to give Singaporeans a sense of security and assurance that their “basics in life” will be taken care of perhaps if they stumble or experience setbacks.

” And this confidence, this support, has to be provided not just by the government only, but it also has to be something provided by all of us in society, but that we feel a sense of shared responsibility to one another, and we can develop as a more polite, more generous, more big- loving society”, he said.


Mr. Wong also discussed the difficulties he encountered when speaking in other languages, including” struggling” when he was a child, and the progress he has made in mastering both Malay and Mandarin.

He claimed that he had been talking about Malay since his time in the civil service and that he had given it even more thought since he first started working in politics.

” But now ever since the appointment as DPM- for close to two years now- I have been taking the lessons more seriously, too, because I do want to engage more in Malay, speak in Malay, so it is a continuing process”, he said.

” I think to be able to deliver a speech, it’s something I can do, to be fluent and be able to engage completely in Malay- I think that will be much, much harder”, he added.

Singapore’s Prime Ministers have in the past delivered important speeches, such as the National Day Rally, in more than one language.

Mr. Wong explained that he has also been taking Mandarin lessons more frequently in recent years, though not as frequently as Malay ones because” I had to improve my Malay skills.”

” After all, I have struggled with Mandarin study in school my entire life and did so with English.” But I have had the foundations with me”, he said.

It is just that I did not have the benefit of having a family where we regularly spoke Mandarin, according to the statement.

He claimed that while speaking to his residents in Mandarin, he does not have much trouble speaking to them. What is still lacking is to learn to use it “at a higher level” for work and in media interviews, he claimed.