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Tharman is the people’s choice to be next PM: Scientific survey

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 04:25 GMT, Sep 28, 2016 |
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A survey conducted about who should be Singapore’s next Prime Minister and the results of the survey confirms the results of this publication’s earlier poll. Tharman Shanmugaratnam is the clear choice in both the polls.

Born in 1957, Mr. Shanmugaratnam is 5 years younger than Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and just four years older than Heng Swee Keat.

Mr. Tharman who is currently the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore has contested four General Elections since 2001 and is hugely popular among many Singaporeans. Jurong GRC, which was led by the Deputy PM, enjoyed the biggest win in the last General Election.

Mr. Shanmugaratnam had previously said that it is only a matter of time before Singapore gets a non-Chinese prime minister. He said, “It seems to me inevitable that at some point, a minority prime minister – Indian, Malay, Eurasian, or some mixture – is going to be a feature of the political landscape. We’ve got a meritocracy, it is an open system.”

But he also indicated that he himself does not prefer to be the Prime Minister unless he has no choice.

“Let me put it this way, we all have our preferences. And I was always, in sports, a centre-half rather than centre-forward. I enjoy playing half back and making long passes, but I am not the striker. Unless O am forced to be, I don’t think I will be forced to it, because I think we have got choices.” – Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam

Besides his own unwillingness, Tharman may have other hurdles to cross to be the Prime Minister of Singapore as per the wish of many Singaporeans.

Tharman’s Grandfather was from Uralu, Jaffna and his father was a retired professor of the medical faculty. Tharman last visited Srilanka in 2005, back when the people were suffering from the devastating Tsunami flood and he was the then Education Minister of Singapore.