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The Future of Asia 2019

Singapore needs action to meet diverse aspirations, says deputy PM

Heng Swee Keat says the government has to focus on demographic change

Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Heng Swee Keat, speaks to the Nikkei Asian Review in Tokyo on May 30. (Photo by Kotaro Igarashi)

TOKYO -- Singapore's deputy prime minister said the country's next generation of leaders will have to enhance educational opportunities to meet the diverse aspirations of the city-state's people.

Heng Swee Keat, 57, who doubles as finance minister and is seen as the country's potential next leader, told the Nikkei Asian Review on Thursday that the government has to take such steps to win public support. A general election must be called by early 2021.

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