Despite welding the leading ministerial role of National Development, Minister Lawrence Wong has proven to be hugely unpopular among the PAP ranks. Formerly hailed as a potential Prime Minister calibre and a “4G Minister”, Minister Lawrence Wong was kicked out of the biennial Central Executive Committee (CEC) in 2016 and again, this year unable to turn his fortunes around.
The removal of the two deputy prime ministers also saw the rise of Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam, who is now the number two man in the ruling party. This is however not a surprise considering that K Shanmugam has been instrumental in leading state censorship and fabricating new laws to ensure the ruling party’s grip.
As a “3G Minister” at 59 years old, K Shanmugam has played the major role fixing political forces resisting the ruling party. Among his victims include an historian from Oxford University, who presented damning historical evidence proving that the ruling party PAP was in fact the chief culprit behind fabricating fake news for political purposes since the country’s independence.
Minister K Shanmugam’s “achievements” outshone the other five outgoing CEC members, who in contrast, did next to nothing to further the Prime Minister’s political cause. The two Deputy Prime Ministers, Tharman Shanmugartnam and Teo Chee Hean, were notably silent over the years as they accepted their fate that they would never make it to be the next Prime Minister. The other three Ministers, Lim Swee Say, Yaacob Ibrahim and Khaw Boon Wan, had instead proven themselves to be dead weights.
Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan was made the sacrificial pawn to tank the country’s worsening public transport notorious for frequent unexplained breakdowns. Former Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say was repetitively an outright embarrassment with his “catchy phrases”. Then the last, former Minister Yaacob Ibrahim, who is actually not as popular among the Malay community as the ruling party claimed him to be. The former Minster of Communications and Information was responsible for severe media crackdown in Singapore, including the banning of news websites and arresting of independent journalists and writers.