‘Deeply conscious of the heavy responsibility I'm taking on’: Heng Swee Keat on being PAP first assistant sec-gen
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat and Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing at a press conference after being appointed their roles on Friday (Nov 23) in the PAP Central Executive Committee - the party's top decision-making body. (Photo: Hanidah Amin)
SINGAPORE: Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Friday (Nov 23) he is deeply conscious of the heavy responsibility that he is taking on as the People's Action Party (PAP) first assistant secretary-general.Taking on that role is seen as an indication that he is the frontrunner to be Singapore's next prime minister.
Mr Heng said he will discharge his responsibilities to the best of his abilities with the help of second assistant secretary-general Chan Chun Sing.
READ: PAP appoints Heng Swee Keat first assistant secretary-general“The younger ministers have chosen me as their leader and I've accepted. It is my privilege to serve,” said Mr Heng at a news conference.
"I'm deeply conscious of the heavy responsibility I'm taking on, leading the party and governing Singapore are massive and complex tasks," he continued."No one person can do it alone, not even Mr Lee Kuan Yew who had the help of able, stout-hearted colleagues. I'm heartened that I have the backing of a strong team."Mr Heng stressed that while there is “natural interest” in who will succeed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, it is just as important to have a strong and united team in the Cabinet.“Our team has strengths in different areas and a range of skills to deal with a complex set of internal and external challenges. Based on our experience of working together in the past few years, I'm confident we will work together to take Singapore forward and to improve the lives of Singaporeans,” he said.When asked about his health, Mr Heng, who suffered a stroke in 2016, said he has made “a very good recovery” and that doctors have given him a clean bill of health.
READ: Heng Swee Keat and Chan Chun Sing 'make a strong pairing': PM Lee“I would not have taken up this appointment if I do not have the confidence that my health allows me to do it,” he told reporters.“I took this up after thinking about it very seriously and in particular making sure that my health allows me to do that,” he added.“This very major life and death episode has strengthened my commitment to serve Singaporeans.”This story is developing.
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