'Still a lot of work to be done' at home and abroad: PM Wong on GE timing

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KUALA LUMPUR: Speculation has been rife about the timing of Singapore’s next General Election, with some suggestions it could be in the next few months, but Prime Minister Lawrence Wong said on Wednesday (Jun 12) there is “still a lot of work to be done” on both the domestic and foreign front.

Speaking to the media at the end of his introductory visits to Brunei and Malaysia, Mr Wong was asked if his upcoming flurry of overseas trips for meetings means voters can rule out an electoral contest within this year.

Mr Wong said that the calendar of high-level international and regional meetings taking place in the coming months “is quite clear” and that such meetings “are not secret”.

“You know when there is an ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) meeting, there's an APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) meeting, when there's a G20 meeting. You know when they are held in the schedule and in the calendar this year,” he said.

“So you can already mark out which are the dates when I will be busy, when I will be away and which are the dates when I will be in Singapore. So it's really for people to speculate.”

The 44th ASEAN Summit will be held in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, from Oct 6 to 11, while Brazilian capital Rio de Janeiro will host the G20 Summit on Nov 18 and 19. The APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting will also be held in Peru in November this year.

There has been much buzz over the timing of the next General Election ever since the transition to the country’s fourth-generation leadership led by Mr Wong. He was sworn in on May 15

Political analysts had cited September this year as a potential slot.

Singapore’s next General Election is due by November next year.

“Eventually, at the time when w...

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