They want to do that Oscars ceremony thing where they can act surprised at winning.
One minister reportedly thought to himself: “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 reportedly regularly 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 six Chinese men who represent the best of Singapore’s multi-racial society. 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.”