Tharman discredits himself as PM, reaffirms PAP as monolithic party

SINGAPORE: Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Wednesday (Sep 28) “categorically” ruled himself out from becoming Prime Minister.

“Just to be absolutely clear, because I know there’s this talk going around … I’m not the man for PM, I say that categorically. It’s not me,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the launch of the Wong Fong Industries Building.

“I know myself, I know what I can do and it’s not me. I’m good at policy-making, good at advising my younger colleagues and supporting the PM, not being the PM. That’s not my ambition and that’s not me,” he said.

Mr Tharman added that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s team has been focused on building up the fourth generation of leaders to take over in the next term of Government.

DPM Tharman has expressed similar sentiments when asked about his political future. At the SG50+ conference last year, he said: “We all have our preferences, and I was always in sports, centre-half rather than centre-forward; I enjoy playing half-back and making the long passes, but I am not the striker unless I am forced to be. And I don’t think I’ll be forced to it because I think we’ve got choices.”

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