Chan Chun Sing: Doesn’t matter if me or Chuan Jin becomes Prime Minister
Posted by temasektimes on May 8, 2012
In a sign that Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing is being earmarked for bigger things ahead, a Chines tabloid conducted an extensive interview with him to raise his national profile.
Speaking from the comforts of his home, Mr Chan appeared to be relaxed and even philosophical as he recalled how his life has changed since entering politics.
Insisting that he has not forgotten his humble roots – Mr Chan’s parents were separated when he was young and his mother brought him up single-handedly, Mr Chan said he bought a second hand car after becoming a minister and he still goes shopping for groceries with his wife.
“I work and sleep later than before and is subjected to greater public scrutiny….I hope my children will have a normal childhood like the rest,” he said.
When asked if there is any competition between him and fellow newcomer Tan Chuan-Jin, both of whom have been tipped to be prime ministerial candidates in the future, Mr Chan denied any competition between them:
“It doesn’t matter who becomes the Prime Minister. What is more important is that we continue to work hard as a team to better serve the people and to make Singapore a better place for all of us.”