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Succession Planning

This is a serious topic and I will be as frank, as plain and as blunt in order to convey the seriousness of my concerns and my worries in my commentary.

The late Minister Mentor planned his succession meticulously and Singaporeans across all ages, both genders and all backgrounds did not need to second guess who his successor would be. For that, Singaporeans across generations have alot to thank him for.

After the late LKY made it clear that Goh Chok Tong would succeed him, if a question like who would succeed LKY is randomly asked of 100 Singaporeans across the island, the answer would be Goh CT, again and again and again. At worst, some cold water like he would only be a seat warmer might be splashed but the overall answer of Goh Chok Tong will be unanimous, loud and clear.

Now, look at lhl. The picture of him on television is an aged, frail and sickly looking man with visible sunken cheeks.

Today, if a similiar question of who would succeed lhl is randomly asked of 100 citizens across Singapore, unlike the earlier unanimous Goh CT answer, we can be 100% certain to get many different answers such as Chan CS, Lawrence Wong or Ong YK…maybe that enjoy ribbon cutting pap ministar Amy Khor even.

It is not an understatement to describe lhl’s succession planning as in shamble when compare with the late LKY’s.

Many people and countries are watching us closing, in fact, more than most ordinary Singaporeans realise. Businesses do not like shocks, surprises and uncertainties.

After Heng Swee Keat’s formal announcement that he will not succeed lhl and Tharman ruling himself out even earlier, the race as to who to succeed lhl becomes wide open. Outwardly, everything in the pap is calm on the surface but I am unsure if everything is really calm all the way.

On such a critical succession issue of national significance, lhl has obviously failed big time. I repeat, on such a critical succession issue of national significance, lhl has obviously failed big time except that nobody, not even big and long time pap members, supporters and suckers have our national concerns, worries, guts or brain big enough to sound the alarm publicly, reprimand him or even shame him for his failure at ensuring a clear successor should anything untoward happens to him.

He is a cancer survivor and he has collapsed on stage during his 2016 NDR speech. As far as Singaporeans know, the late MM or Goh CT had never collapse on stage while delivering their NDR speeches.

The C19 pandemic has taken a huge toll on us both in terms of human cost and financially. As our economy and life are slowly returning back to normal, I, as a citizen and a patriot would like to strongly urge the pap government to seriously focus and tackle lhl’s succession issue as a matter of priority.

Lhl is not getting younger and any succession vacuum can easily throw our country into much chaos and uncertainties with further damages to our economy being almost inevitable and makes us all even more vulnerable too.

Think.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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29 Responses to “Succession Planning”

  • Fire:

    It is a Curse .

    It would be nice to replace above picture with 3 lovely kids .

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  • Pappy worshippers:

    It’s hard for a sheep to change colors. What’s so great about LKY’s succession plan. Woody promised Swiss standard of living. When’s that coming to Singapore?

    It’s precisely because of LKY’s succession plan that Singaporeans are in deep shit. Singaporeans have become the servants to foreigners, right here in our own country.

    Singaporeans are out of jobs and dependent on $2 vouchers distributed by the million dollar income mayors.

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  • xoxo:

    Someone wants to hang on to POWER.
    The lower the quality of 4Gee,the higher ythe *RATING* of the FIRST BG?
    Guess who is LEE(he)?

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  • Strong Leadership:

    Are we in the Imperial Age where the King look for someone to succeed the throne?

    Singapore is a Democratic Country, leadership should be fought and emerge. That is how Strong Leaders will built Strong country. Yes/No?

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  • Eddie Leong:

    Spore rode on the successes of LKY. During GCT administration, LKY was alive and so Spore continued to do well.

    In this pandemic, we have seen the worst from the 4G candidates and a visibly exhausted PM. I think his health had deteriorated.

    A greater shock is that his wife has become like a Chief Spokesperson on Covid and other issues. No other spouses of world leaders had stolen the limelight from their husbands.

    Time to hand over to a steady pair of old hands…Ng Eng Hen…a surgeon and a seasoned politician. It was an alert Eng Hen who sprinted up to the podium and caught LHL to prevent him from crashing to the floor and god knows what injuries he would have sustained.

    Reward Eng Hen with the PM position and wait another five years to select a capable younger leader.

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  • opposition dude:

    The problem with goondu Loong is that he is politically naive, is out of ideas, knows how to use the same old outdated tactics over and over and also never has a plan b

    His party enjoys embarrassing themselves over and over. Years ago we were all told the 4G are so damn good and they are ready to take over. One pandemic later and the ex successor not even getting 60% of the votes we are told they aren’t ready and stroke man says the runway is too short. HAR?

    The feeling on the ground is that no matter who takes over as PM this person won’t do any better than goondu himself simply for the fact that none of the donkeys are outstanding nor know how to get things done, they can only talk a lot and use impressive sounding words and phrases.

    So the end of the PAP is in sight, they are just hanging on for as long as they can nia.

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  • Harder Truths:

    The three sinful monkeys

    Think all evil
    Do all evil
    Speak all evil

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    ” …. On such a critical succession issue of national significance, lhl has obviously failed big time….”

    Totally agree. Regardless which side of the political spectrum one may be on, whether local or oversea observer, bystander or critic, this FACT is crystal clear. Except for the 61% stupid who only thinks about handouts (and those using SG as a stepping stone) regardless who is doing the handing out.

    On succession planning, it should be pointed out it is not just Who is the successor (as much as been focused on the 3 Clowns), but also What the next generation will inherit. LKY had done well generally on both counts (ok, some will throw stones now); Ah Goh quite well on the WHAT (not that he had a real choice on the Who, hor?). But for Ah Loong, he definitely FAILED BIG TIME on both the Who and the What. The biggest Entitled Free Rider indeed.

    As indication, both Tharman and Heng declined to be the 4G PM. Some may think this is Loong’s plan or the “not-ready-for-a-non-Chinese-PM” BS. But looking from the perspective of both Tharman and Heng, both who had worked under 1G/2G, they probably worried about inheriting a team of clowns (aka the million$ ministers installed by the Golden Prince) to help run the country. Can the next PM bring in competent “kaki-lang” on very short notice? The 3G team has also build little competitive advantages that SG can leverage on, so economically it will be an uphill battle for the 4G PM from the start. And with Loong having depleted our reserves, the 4G would not have that as spending power or financial security as built by the earlier generations. Most importantly, Loong’s reign has polarized the population as NEVER before, with near 40% telling the once-mighty PAP to fly kite, our reliance on about 39-42% foreigners to churn the economy and strong local-vs-foreigners-vs-whatever tensions. (LW’s mention of “tribalization” yesterday is just the tip of the social-divide iceberg, hor)

    Yup, Failed Big Time is the accurate description, hor. Given a long runway too – as implied by Heng himself. And most expensive too.

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  • Relax:

    Just thinking PAP don’t have any good candidate as president, maybe next one will be HSK.
    Or maybe Ho Ching? If she contests, maybe ask Lee Hsien Yang to contest too, see what’s the result.

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  • Alarm bell:

    Once not sure who will be next PM.

    Every thing what administration doing

    Will be not sure.every..department.

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  • kannan:

    Not to worry, Tharman can always take over should he drop suddenly.

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  • mrWie:

    any successor from pappies will still be a marionette.
    controlled by the puppet masters: the emperor and empress.

    so, will he serve the people’s or the puppet masters’ interests?

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  • MarBowling:

    The Destiny and Fate of ANY ONE of these 3 jokers of becoming the Seatwarmer cum 4th PeeM actually depend NOT on the FINAL decision by Mai Hum BUT by his Wifey Holee Jinx, period.

    Since CCS(Cotton Comes from Shits)is a confirmed Favorite and a close relative of shim, he doesn’t have to do much except to WAIT LIKE HAWK for the APPROPRIATE TIME TO TEMPORARILY WARM THE IMPERIAL THRONE. However, the other 2 jokers have to “FIGHT TOOTH AND NAIL” to be in the FRONT OF THE RACE TO THE FINISH LINE AND IN THE GOOD BOOK OF SHIM!

    THIS MAY END UP LIKE THE FIGHT BETWEEN IRON MIKE TYSON AND EVAN HOLEE-FIELD THAT ENDED WITH THE BLOODY EAR OF HOLEE-FIELD INSDIE THE MOUTH OF IRON MIKE TYSON!

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  • illiterate pap voters:

    The right thing to do is to call a general election now.

    Let the better team form government.

    There is no law under heaven that pap must be the government.

    But there is one law under heaven that says everyone, especially pap folks, must account for every lie that has come out of their mouth.

    BTW is pap son the pap clown sick? or is he dieting to reduce weight?

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  • Sebeiho:

    I have a feeling that one of the monkey is shielded from this pandemic fiasco deliberately so as not to be further tainted. The others “potential” were made to front this pandemic to make many stressful decisions and if fail, the better it will be. The invisible hands behind is actually plotting the resurrection of this monkey. Then the reason will be shafted to us that the this monkey is the best because the others had failed. Crystal clear message!

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  • nansha:

    Harder Truths:
    The three sinful monkeys

    Think all evil
    Do all evil
    Speak all evil

    ha ha ha…almost fell off my chair… ha ha

    The Three Monkeys in that sacred temple in Nikko Shrine, Japan, must be laughing too… No one can imitiate them. It is patented…okay.

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  • Pioneer:

    He is not able to pinpoint the person to be his successor most likely because there are no capable successors in sight. Just look at Ong, Chan and Wong, do we see a first among equals in any one of them? Absolutely not!

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  • Mati-ministry Terror Force:

    Is it not obvious by now who will win the PM seat? Ask and think. Who’s the ‘new’ man in MTF? After the new man stepped into MTF, sg’s vaccination rate became one of the highest. As if that’s not enough, lots of ‘punishments’ for the unvaccinated has up the vaccination rate further. So, borders opened, VTL started and most importantly for the greedy papies, our economy grew!

    Don’t cry for LW. Don’t cry for CCS. They’re no match for the new MTF man prolly because they’re not as heartless and ruthless as him who can simply treat humans like ikan bilis.

    Think. What singaporeans life will be like if OKY became our new PM?

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  • Dark humour of a Sick nation:

    The founding fathers built a veritable Republic for Singaporeans, with Singaporeans. LKY hijacked the beautiful gem for his dynastic corporation; the Pappies are 4th most corrupted-crony capitalist regime in the world (The Economist, 2016) and we’re the 3rd most transparent country in the world (Transparency International, 2019) – major cognitive dissonance bro.! Who but an Emperor Dowager couple can maintain this irresolvable dichotomy?
    Don’t you see he’s messed with the tripartite parliamentary partition that underpins democratic integrity: judiciary, legislative, executive. The Executive incumbent has been manipulating the judiciary and legislative for its own longevity and authoritarian ways and means. Your cpf savings is his capital funds to play with….. Now which political joker & jokeress can take over from Pappy Chieftain without imposing grave existential danger to himself?

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  • Billy ma:

    If these few dudes are the filtered out best of the bests that PAP can offer, it is more dangerous than the covid virus.

    At least, covid got some hope of cure, these PAP dudes are cureless & are expected to bring more harms that are deadly.

    It seems it’s possible to live with covid, but the thought of having these PAP dues running down the people & the country is of grave concern.

    Singaporeans, it’s now up to us to protect ourselves from these deadly very harmful & very expensive PAP germs.

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  • xoxo:

    Seems they are The *Good*,The Bad and The Ugly.
    You decide,folks.

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  • Spineless Sinkie Syndrome:

    This is my prediction for LEEgime so-called “succession planning”:

    LHL is purposely making all his 4G PAPies look BAD and stupid now, so that Sinkies all get sick of them, but he also knows Sinkies will NEVER have to Balls to VTO or go to Oppies. LOL.

    Next, their plan is to get that “Jinx” to slowly put up on her FB more pages to “showcase” or highlight the “achievements of her son (that one with Li surname … no not the other albino one), or get 146th standard “Sh*T Times” to put “news” that 3rd gen LEE “seems to be interested now in contributing to Sinkiepore society as politician so he can “help” Sinkies”. LOL.

    Then, SUDDENLY, 3rd generation famiLEE will be announced in the next GE, to the surprise & (shall I say “happiness” LOL) of majority Sinkies. LOL.

    Finally, all the Sinkies with SSS (Spineless Sinkie Syndrome) will kneel down and raise their rear end “kah cheng” up to the sky and kowtow 3 times shouting together:

    “LOoNG Live famiLEE Dynasty! LOoNG Live! LOoNG Live! LOoNG LOoNG Live!”
    Prrruuuuuutttt! *Fart sounds from al the raised rear-ends* LOL.

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  • Trust only myself:

    If cannot decide why not let the voters decide.
    Have another GE sometime next year and who knows, maybe the new PM is not from pappies….

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  • Pinky I$ far removed from Tao:

    “A leader is best when people barely know he exists; when his work is done and his aim fulfilled, they will say: ‘We did it ourselves’.”

    -Grand Sage Lao Tzu

    All homage be to great Emperor Dowager for ten thousand looong years!

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  • ally still?:

    Why sg left out in the 110 list of countries for Biden’s gathering for democracy?
    Is Biden openly saying some thing?
    Even Malaysia,Indonesia and Duterte get invites.

    Ally still?

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  • ally still?:

    China previously left Sg out of OBOR .
    Makes us wonder if VB is fumbling like YOG?

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  • Biden's Have MOAF Weapon:

    Spineless Sinkie Syndrome: Then, SUDDENLY, 3rd generation famiLEE will be announced in the next GE, to the surprise & (shall I say “happiness” LOL) of majority Sinkies. LOL.

    Finally, all the Sinkies with SSS (Spineless Sinkie Syndrome) will kneel down and raise their rear end “kah cheng” up to the sky and kowtow 3 times shouting together:

    “LOoNG Live famiLEE Dynasty! LOoNG Live! LOoNG Live! LOoNG LOoNG Live!”
    Prrruuuuuutttt! *Fart sounds from al the raised rear-ends* LOL.

    Hello…Don’t steal my thunder..leh. I need to detonate my “MOAF” (Mother Of All Farts) to deliver Sinkies for Auld Lang Syne sake. LOL

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  • Biden's Pofma/Fica Gassy Toots:

    ally still?:
    Why sg left out in the 110 list of countries for Biden’s gathering for democracy?
    Is Biden openly saying some thing?
    Even Malaysia,Indonesia and Duterte get invites.

    Ally still?

    Likely a snub for Cockle’s POFMA & FICA toxic gas on Sinkies.

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  • MarBowling:

    Mai Hum must be fuming mad and see peh malu not being invited by Sleepy Joe to the “GATHERING FOR DEMOCRACY”

    There is a Consolation for him. Fatty Kim Jung-Un will be organizing a “Gathering for Communist”. To repay the Generosity Mai Hum has given to him at the Trump-Kim Summit at Sentosa, Mai Hum will be welcomed to attend the Gathering For Communist at Pyongyang with RED CARPET treatment.

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