Singapore – The timeline to introduce his potential follower will certainly "probably take a bit longer" compared to the end of this year, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on the sidelines of the ASEAN-India Commemorative Top in New Delhi, India, on Friday, inning accordance with media reports. Reacting to questions from press reporters on whether he was prepared to reveal a prospective follower by the end of this year, Lee said, "If it's cleared up, everyone will certainly understand, but my analysis is that it will most likely take a bit longer".
In reference to an earlier Facebook post by Emeritus Senior citizen Priest Goh Chok Tong on the urgency of having fourth-generation leadership resolved this year, Lee said that Goh was "speaking with the advantage of seeing things". On 31 December last year, Goh, that was Lee's predecessor as prime minister, wrote that he really hopes the identification of Singapore. The following premier will be chosen in the following six to 9 months. Lee also referred to the approaching Cabinet reshuffle set to take place after the statement of the Budget in February as a "considerable step in subjecting and also building the new group of leaders". He added that the younger ministers will also "need a little bit of time for Singaporeans to get a feeling of them not just be known as somebodies, yet to be in charge of significant plans". Lee added that no new Deputy PMs will be selected during the reshuffle.