Let’s Support Minister Heng Swee Keat.
I hope Minister Heng Swee Keat will become the next Prime Minister of Singapore.
His appointment as a Deputy Prime Minister came about after many years of being observed and tested on the ground, and through various assignments on national, small group, and personal levels.
Prior to entering the political arena, Minister Heng Swee Keat worked with and was trained by the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew (the first Prime Minister of Singapore).
Mr Lee Kuan Yew once described him as his “best principal private secretary”.
In addition, Minister Heng Swee Keat has held multiple key appointments in the government which included serving in Singapore Police Force, as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and as Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).
As Singapore’s central banker, he was instrumental in helping Singapore tide over the Global Economic Crisis.
For his good work in helping to lead the MAS, he was awarded the “Central Bank Governor of the Year in Asia-Pacific” by the British magazine “The Banker” in February 2011.
After joining the political arena, he led a citizen engagement exercise on a national level called “Our Singapore Conversation”.
Through this initiative, Minister Heng Swee Keat helped to pioneer a more consultative and collaborative style of leadership and promote more ground-up initiatives to strengthen Singapore.
He also led the SG50, Singapore’s Jubilee Celebrations and chaired the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE) to help craft a plan for the economic future of Singapore.
He was also actively involved in other major projects.
For example, he was assigned to lead a new ministerial committee to conduct a broad-based review of the Government’s policies and direction.
As the Minister of Education from May 2011 to September 2015, he was instrumental in reforming the educational system to prepare students for the new economy.
From October 1, 2015, he was appointed as the Minister of Finance. He led a major exercise to reform his ministry to improve its effectiveness and efficiency.
From May 1, 2016, he took over from Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean the responsibility of assisting the Prime Minister on overseeing the National Research Foundation.
Innovation, technology and enterprise became three of the important pillars to strengthen Singapore and to secure our future.
On May 1, 2019, he became the 12th Deputy Prime Minister, the first solo Deputy PM in 34 years.
He is also the current first assistant secretary-general of the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP).
Throughout his career, Minister Heng Swee Keat stood out from the crowd through his leadership, insights, people skills, performance, and results.
What’s key to Minister Heng Swee Keat’s potential appointment as the next Prime Minister is that he was chosen to be the leader by younger ministers and other political office holders after a protracted period of deliberations and discussions.
In addition, he was also well liked and supported within the PAP, having been elected into the Central Executive Committee by PAP cadres three times – in 2014, 2016 and 2018.
Minister Heng Swee Keat is well-positioned and more than prepared to be the next Prime Minister of Singapore.
If there’s a leader who can help lead Singapore to its next level of growth, that leader is Minister Heng Swee Keat.
Minister Heng Swee Keat is not a perfect leader. Is there a perfect leader?
He cannot carry out his roles and responsibilities effectively without adequate support from Singaporeans.
Let’s give him the latitude to continue to learn, perform, and take Singapore to another higher level.
I hope this message will find a place in your heart.
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