In today’s Parliament speech, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong mocked at the political systems of Australia and England, calling them “marvelous theatre” and “dramatic”.
“After 30 years in the phase of our political development, we should re-examine this. I am not saying we can rule out the possibility of leadership change or challenge within the ruling party. We can never rule that out. I have a cohesive team as Mr Lee (Kuan Yew) said, it is a real distinct possibility because strong men have strong views and they can collide.
And in other countries it happen regularly, in Australia, in UK, it’s marvelous theatre! Suddenly you hear news there is going to be a spill. In Australia, they call it a spill. It means somebody have mounted a challenge, the leader then has to call his MPs together to vote, and it happens within 24 hours. Ministers state positions, MPs state positions, furious to-ing and fro-ing, next thing you know new prime minister and I’m writing a new letter of congratulation. *Laughs in background of Parliament*
It happened 3, 4 times in the last 5 years in Australia. And in Britain, leadership challenges are also dramatic events”. Mrs Thatcher was challenged and disposed. Tony Blair knew that if he didn’t leave, somebody will challenge him and he will be pushed out.”
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Lee Hsien Loong is currently in his 3rd terms of premiership for the past 12 years. His father, Lee Kuan Yew, held the longest record for premiership of 31 years.