Lee Kuan Yew And Goh Chok Tong Quits From Cabinet In Joint Statement

By on May 15, 2011 in Asia, International, Politics, World Comments
Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong
Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong
Image Credit: Joyce Fang/Wang Hui Fen

Singapore‘s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and Second Premier Goh Chok Tong announced their retirement from the cabinet through a joint statement, according to reports by international news sites on Saturday, May 14, 2011.

According to the issued joint statement, the resignation of Singapore‘s top leaders is to “have a completely younger team of ministers to connect to and engage with this young generation in shaping the future of our Singapore.”

Reports say that Lee and Goh will remain as MPs of Tanjong Pagar and Marine Parade GRC respectively.

Lee has ceded the leadership to his son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is expected to form  a new government.

Before his retirement, the 87-year-old Lee was the cabinet’s Minister Mentor, while Goh was the Senior Minister.

The People’s Action Party (PAP), ruling party of Lee, won 81 out of the 87 seats against the Worker’s Party during the May 7 general election.

Below is the Joint Statement by SM Goh Chok Tong and MM Lee Kuan Yew.

We have studied the new political situation and thought how it can affect the future. We have made our contributions to the development of Singapore. The time has come for a younger generation to carry Singapore forward in a more difficult and complex situation. The Prime Minister and his team of younger leaders should have a fresh clean slate. A younger generation, besides having a non-corrupt and meritocratic government and a high standard of living, wants to be more engaged in the decisions which affect them. After a watershed general election, we have decided to leave the cabinet and have a completely younger team of ministers to connect to and engage with this young generation in shaping the future of our Singapore.

But the younger team must always have in mind the interests of the older generation. This generation who has contributed to Singapore must be well-looked after.

 



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