They want to do that Oscars ceremony thing where they can act surprised at winning.
As speculation continues to proliferate in the media about who will be the next chief of Singapore, several PAP ministers have admitted it has always been a fantasy of theirs to be the prime minister even though they are hardly qualified.
One of the ministers who did not want to give his name, said: “Every time I hear PM Lee talk about succession plans and how the next prime minister might already be in parliament now, I secretly fantasise that he is talking about me and will be unveiling me as his protege to everyone’s surprise and chagrin when the time comes.”
“Like ‘Hey, I was here all along and you guys snubbed me because you thought I’d have amounted to nothing’.”
Another minister, who also didn’t want to reveal his full name, said he fantasises about how he would pick up a call one day from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who would inform him he is the top choice: “I know it is down to Ng Chee Meng and Chan Chun Sing. But one can hope against all hope it could be me.”
“That is one of my fantasies.”
“I imagine it like what you see during the Oscar ceremony where they are announcing the Best Actor and everyone is being cool and composed before the winner’s name is read and when you don’t get chosen you still have to keep a straight face.”
However, Singaporeans by-and-large said it is not hard to foretell who will be the next prime minister.
One local, Tng Lang, said: “By default, if you’re Chinese and you’re a man, you stand a better chance already.”
“But deep in our hearts, regardless of who PM Lee picks, Tharman Shanmugaratnam will always be our prime minister.”