Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says that the new generation of PAP leaders cannot decide on who to lead them.
Speaking at the PAP Convention 2021, PM Lee said that the 4G team will need “a little longer” to select their “first among equals”.
“The 4G team will need a little longer to make a decision. But I am confident that they will settle it well before the next General Election comes around.”
This comes after his original successor, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, stepped down as leader of the 4G team in April this year.
At 60 years old, DPM Heng said that he would have “too short a runway” if he were to become Prime Minister after the Covid-19 pandemic.
PM Lee is 69 years old this year.
The issue of succession-planning has been brewing since 2016.
Current Finance Minister Lawrence Wong, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung and Education Minister Chan Chun Sing are said to be leading the race.
However, Wong and Ong have come under intense public criticism for their management of the Covid-19 situation in Singapore.
Chan was spectacularly dropped from the Covid-19 task force earlier this year following his reshuffle to the Education Ministry.
Some factions speculate that he was dropped after inane comments about how cotton grows on sheep and that Singaporeans were “xia suay” (shameful) for panic buying during the early onset of Covid-19.