This after Lee Hsien Loong is away on a 10-day leave until Dec. 31, leaving behind a vacuum in power.
One local, Zhong Yu, said the day has finally arrived for Tharman to shine: “There is no doubt that Tharman becoming prime minister will be good for Singapore.”
“As his performance will be good, Singaporeans will look to extend his vocation as PM even after Dec. 31, probably until Dec. 31 next year.”
However, other locals felt that this appointment might not be enough.
Another local, Zhong Tong, said: “When is Tony Tan taking leave?”
“About time right?”