General Elections In 2019 Is Always Possible, Says PM Lee
Singaporeans could be casting their votes in the general elections as soon as next year.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait last night (November 6) that a general election in 2019 is “always possible”.
“There are many reasons to bring elections forward for a party, so we’ll see,” said the prime minister, when asked if Singapore’s bicentennial commemoration is reason enough the advance the general elections, which must be held by January 2021.
In response to whether or not he would recommend “politics in the modern age” to his four children, Mr Lee replied that he wasn’t sure that any of them have shown interest in politics. “They are entitled to, but I don’t think it’s likely they feel the same compulsion that I did – duty that I do. They have their own responsibilities, their careers. I’m sure they’ll make contributions in their own ways.”
He said that it would be unkind to burden them. “It’s difficult enough for them as it is to carry my name,” he added.