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Huang Shoou Chyuan
Euromoney’s Finance Minister of the Year Tharman
Shanmugaratnam would have been Singapore's PM-to be if not for…
I have always known how great an asset Singapore has in
Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam. The renowned financial magazine
Euromoney ( see link) has just confirmed what many of us already know.
Unlike the new media, including one chappie ( who happened
to be a ex-Presidential candidate) who said ,” I am surprised as I find Singapore to be
costly, inefficient and wasteful, and the situation has not improved in spite
of a lot of money being spent, or given away ” and many others with the usual negative comments about almost
anything that others have to say about Singapore, I have always felt that
Tharman has done very well ( within the constraints that he operated in).
I have said before ( and I will say it again), that Tharman would have made
an excellent PM when the time comes.
However according to past and present government leaders this is unlikely
Former PM Lee Kuan Yew said,
“I am a
realist and am inclined to agree with Mr S. Dhanabalan that Chinese
Singaporeans are not ready to accept a non-Chinese prime minister….This is the
reality and fact of life that we cannot pretend that such mindset does not
exist.” ( 1 Dec 2007)
And even more surprisingly to me present PM Lee also has similar sentiments) at Excerpts from ST on 9 Nov 2008.
Non-Chinese PM? SINGAPORE may have a non-Chinese prime minister
one day but that is unlikely to happen any time soon, Prime Minister Lee Hsien
Loong said yesterday, four days after Americans elected their first black
1.Has Tharman done well for us and is his accolade deserved?
2.Has Singapore matured and gone to First
World meritocracy where the best gets to lead?
3.Can our present group of leaders ever come
out of the shadow of the past leader/s?