Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong - confirmed to retire from Cabinet
They have completely destroyed our trust in them. What took them so long to realise that their policies only stratify society. Only two classes exists ... the haves and the have nots.
This inevitably leads to the "politics of envy" which MM mentioned decades ago that Singapore must avoid. If this prevails, then chaos will result. This is the price we pay for their "arrogance" and refusal to listen.
The resentment is across many levels of society and may get entrenched deeper. This is the turn of events, if nothing is done.
Evolving out of this will be a transformation and renewal of the way the incumbents go about their business, which cannot be "business as usual". The era of the one party state is slowly dying and there is now, a new beginning.
The resolve to work towards a "two party system" and a first world parliament, will only get stronger and as of now, is not a sure conclusion.
There must be continued vigilance and there must be alternative voices in parliament.
A slower GDP growth will result and whats wrong with that, if there is stability, no civil disobedience and mutual respect.
All the brothers and sisters here, who helped in the dissemination of information can now pat themselves on their back.
This is round one.
An End To A Major Source of Moral Corruption.
This will at least prevent them from helping the Workers Party to win more seats with their racist comments and silly remarks on Ting Pei Ling, in the next election.
These two oldies are not only a burden to the PAP, they are also a symbol of the moral corruption currently being practised in the cabinet. They are collecting pensions like pensioners, but are also receiving salaries and allowances in whatever names they may choose call it.
And I have not mentioned the exorbitant salaries of all the ministers yet. All of them earning 3 to 5 times the salary of an over-worked and over-stressed American President, who is the next highest paid head of state outside of Singapore.
By the way, even if they are not in the cabinet, it doesn't mean they have no influence over the decision-making process. It just become less transparent, that's all.
SINGAPORE : Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew on Saturday said they have decided to leave the Cabinet for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his team to have a fresh clean slate.
In a joint statement, they said: "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."
SINGAPORE's Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, said he has not yet decided whether to accept Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong's resignations from the Cabinet.
But it is likely he will give his answer by Monday, local media reported. MM Lee and SM Goh announced their decision to retire on Saturday.
PM Lee said the move was initiated by the two leaders themselves but he had already known about it. He said the decision by the two former Prime Ministers to retire was a "major event" for Singapore which would affect his new Cabinet line-up.
Speaking after a post-election victory parade on Saturday, PM Lee said the decision to retire "shows that they are thinking of Singapore and for the future of Singapore."
He added, "The basic consideration is what is the best approach for forming a team which would be most effective in solving problems and establishing rapport and trust with the people going forward for the next five years."
THE SACKING OF GOH CHOK TONG
On May 15, 3:06 pm, beni wrote:
> Many people in Marine Parade blame Goh Chok Tong for not telling them
> that he was going to leave the cabinet and become an ordinary MP so
> soon after being elected.
> Frankly, I don't think Goh Chok Tong expected the old bastard Lee Kuan
> Yew to act so fast against him. Goh must be thinking that he had at
> least a few months to gather all his gang, including George Yeo, and
> some other veterans and plot the overthrow of the pondan Lee Hsien
> Lee Kuan Yew, on the hand, knows that his days are numbered and he has
> to destroy Lee Hsien Loong's enemies fast. If not, these enemies will
> pounce on pondon Lee Hsien Loong and tear him into a million pieces
> the moment Lee Kuan Yew up lorry.
There is no doubt that LHL sacked GCT with the blessing of the old
fox. Probably even with the wily old fox's instruction. In order to
look good to the public, the old fox also "step down". Who is going to
stop the fox from ruling in proxy?
Whatever happens, Singaporeans is not going to buy this wayang. It is
taken as an insult to all Singaporeans.
The writing is already on the wall.... the PAP is in its Death throes.