If the PAP leadership is serious about reforming their thinking, they need to first change the fact the the cabinet is PG-rated. The Prime Minister has his father in cabinet allegedly as a “mentor” but really. A mentor? You mean the PM can’t do the job himself with the rest of the cabinet? Add to that, why have a Senior Minister position? What real value does the SM or MM bring that they cannot do so as external, non-elected advisers? So, it appears that both the MM and SM don’t really think the PM to do his job well.
Now, let’s look at how the PAP has fared in terms of over percentage of votes since 1988:
Prime Minister 1988 1991 1997 2001 2006 2011 Lee Kuan Yew 63.2 Goh Chok Tong 61 65 75.3 Lee Hsien Loong 66.6 60.1
So, looking at the percentages, with GCT as PM, he manged to get the PAP overall rating go from 61 to 75.3. LHL, on the other hand, has seen steady downward trend and his latest percentage is LOWER than GCT on GCT’s first elections. I guess, this explains why the he is a PG-rated PM.
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