Join ST's Telegram channel here and get the latest breaking news delivered to you. Chinese regulators hit e-commerce giant Alibaba with a record 18.2 billion yuan ($2.78 billion) fine on Saturday over practices deemed to be an abuse of the company's dominant market position. He also said that he would not have the same energy when he crosses into his 80s. “Ours was a fruitful comradeship that spanned the entirety of my years in politics and most of his — a close friendship between two prime ministers that would be the envy of many countries,” he wrote in his post. Lee noted that "with sadness" he has accepted Goh's letter informing him of his retirement, which also means the former prime minister will not be running for the upcoming General Election after 44 years of being a member of parliament. Archaeologists Saturday showed off their finds at what they say is the "largest" ancient city ever found in Egypt, dating to a golden age of the pharaohs 3,000 years ago. The announcement of the retirement of Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong in late June stirred the emotions of the collective Singapore. Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong will not be contesting at the coming General Election, as the 79-year-old will retire from politics after 44 years as Member of Parliament of Marine Parade. Marine Parade is my second home. Singapore will continue to benefit from his insights and experience.”. ESM Goh noted that Dr Tan See Leng, who was unveiled by the PAP as a new candidate on Thursday morning, has been understudying him for nearly two years, and recommended Dr Tan to take over from him as MP for the Marine Parade group representation constituency (GRC). With sadness, I accept your decision to retire from politics at the forthcoming general election. But I should not. In his letter, ESM Goh said that he had decided not to stand in the GE “after much thought and with a heavy heart”. The … SINGAPORE – Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, 79, is retiring from politics after 44 years as a Member of Parliament. He entered politics in 1976, becoming MP for Marine Parade in the General Election that same year. The story of Marine Parade is the story of Singapore - out of nothing, we created something special. Share gift link below with your friends and family. In 2004 when you relinquished the prime ministership, and in 2011 when you left the Cabinet, you still had much more to give. In Parliament, you weighed in during key debates, including on integrated resorts and ministerial salaries. Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month for the first 3 months. After serving as a Member of Parliament for Marine Parade for a record 44years, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong will not be running in the upcoming Singapore General Election. PM Lee also put up a post on his Facebook page on Thursday, saying that he is “forever indebted” to ESM Goh, who brought him into politics. All done! ILTW will be replacing Aliwi "w33" Omar, who was benched by the team and is now "free to pursue any opportunity" to join other teams. Follow Yahoo News Singapore’s GE2020 coverage here. France's Europe Minister Clement Beaune said Sunday that Turkey had set a "trap" for European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen by forcing her to sit off to the side on a visit to Ankara, in a photo-op faux pas quickly dubbed 'sofagate'. I will continue to contribute to Marine Parade and Singapore in other ways.”. The post A Smart Guide to Investing: An Introduction to REITs Part 1 appeared first on The Smart Investor. The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed the detection of 20 new cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore on Sunday (11 April), taking the country's total case count to 60,653. Thank you for your letter of 24 June 2020. When you were first elected in 1976, Marine Parade was newly reclaimed land - a large but blank canvas on which our hopes and dreams could be projected. At the national level you have agreed to be appointed senior adviser to the People's Association on a pro bono basis. I will continue to contribute to Singapore in other ways. Iran's atomic energy organisation said Sunday the Natanz nuclear facility was hit by a terrorist act, hours after it said an "accident" had caused a power failure there. He has held dialogues with residents and gone on house visits until Covid-19 put a stop to them. Fighting for the key Yemeni region of Marib has intensified, with 53 pro-government and Huthi rebel fighters killed in the past 24 hours, loyalist military officials said Saturday. (Facebook pic/leehsienloong) SINGAPORE: Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has decided to retire from politics, according to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Similarly, I prefer to retire as Member of Parliament now whilst I am healthy and able to ease my successor's transition into Marine Parade. SPH Digital News / Copyright © 2021 Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Co. Regn. But you decided that it was in the party's interest, and especially in the national interest, to let someone younger take over. We have been experiencing some problems with subscriber log-ins and apologise for the inconvenience caused. In India, without the trust and goodwill you built up over many years, I could not have signed the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (Ceca) in 2005. I hope you will accept my decision to step down as Member of Parliament. Dr Tan See Leng has been understudying me for nearly two years now. All rights reserved. You have given your all and more in the service of your country and people. I decided to step down as PM in 2004 after the economy had recovered from Sars and when you were in place to take over as my successor. Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has decided to retire from politics, according to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. They can read the article in full after signing up for a free account. Mr Lee Hsien Loong Prime Minister, Republic of Singapore Secretary-General, People's Action Party. But a log-in is still required for our PDFs. Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong exchanged letters this week. PM Lee has accepted ESM Goh’s decision to retire, and thanked him for his contributions as prime minister through tough times such as the 1997 Asian financial crisis and the 2003 SARS outbreak. Smooth and systematic leadership succession is the key to Singapore's political stability. Russia and China are frustrating the international response to the Myanmar crisis, a top European Union diplomat said Sunday, as the death toll from a military crackdown climbed past 700. SINGAPORE — Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong will not be contesting at the coming General Election, as the 79-year-old will retire from politics after 44 years as Member of Parliament (MP) for Marine Parade. Yours fraternally, Goh Chok Tong Member of Parliament Marine Parade/GRC (1976 - 2020), Mr Goh Chok Tong Emeritus Senior Minister Prime Minister's Office Singapore. This gives us confidence that this time with Covid-19, we will again emerge stronger. But like me, they understand and respect your decision to retire, because they have seen you advocate and uphold the principle of leadership renewal all your life. See Leng connects well with residents, branch members and grassroots leaders alike. George Floyd had heart disease and had consumed drugs but they were not the "direct causes" of his death, the doctor who conducted the autopsy said Friday at the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin. I love the people. Competent and trusted leaders with the heart for public service are critical to protect and advance Singaporeans' interests. After leaving the Cabinet, you devoted even more time and energy to your constituency. With sadness, I accept your decision to … GOH CHOK TONG. Former prime minister Goh Chok Tong suggested that it was a health scare that triggered his retirement, in a recent social media post, even though he … Mr Goh wrote a letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on June 24 th saying his decision was made “after much thought and with a heavy heart” . Those crises were painful experiences that left their mark on us, but they strengthened us too. Your advice, based on a lifetime of experience, helped me clarify my thoughts and avoid many unnecessary errors. You initiated the Tianjin Eco-City and Guangzhou Knowledge City, creating new platforms for Singapore to collaborate with China. A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 26, 2020, with the headline 'Retirement letter from Mr Goh Chok Tong'. The gift link for this subscriber-only article has expired. Singapore. You also founded the Mediacorp Enable Fund to help persons with disabilities fulfil their aspirations. Your contributions continued after you stepped down as PM. You were returned as the MP for Marine Parade 11 times, in 10 general elections and one by-election over almost 45 years. You guided the younger MPs, providing them with historical perspective, and inculcating in them the values and ethic of public service. In a June 28 Facebook post, Goh revealed that he had actually discussed retirement from parliament with the former Workers' Party (WP) chief prior to … Goh Chok Tong suggests health scare triggered his retirement and that its “too late” to reverse his decision Follow us on Social Media Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg Many have urged me to stand for another term. The second prime minister of Singapore had announced his decision in a letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday (24 June). Mr Goh, who was prime minister from 1990 to 2004, announced his decision in a letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.. I recommend him to take over from me. You can love Singapore and yet not vote PAP: Lee Hsien Yang. Stay in the know on-the-go: Join Yahoo Singapore's Telegram channel at http://t.me/YahooSingapore, GE2020: Ex-MUIS deputy chief exec among PAP's new candidates. He is now operationalising our Caregiver Support Network, an important new initiative for a mature estate like Marine Parade. It has been my greatest honour and privilege to have served the party, residents of Marine Parade, Singapore and Singaporeans for the past 44 years. SINGAPORE - Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, 79, is retiring from politics after 44 years as a Member of Parliament. Grab Holdings has attracted backing from T. Rowe Price Group and Temasek Holdings for its planned merger with a blank-check company, people with knowledge of the matter said. Marine Parade MP Goh Chok Tong May Retire From Politics After 44 Years. Former Singapore PM Goh Chok Tong retires from politics (Photo/AP) Highlights Goh, an economist by training, entered politics in 1976 and was first elected to … In the early days you proposed setting up residents' committees (RCs) in Marine Parade to build communities in our neighbourhoods and precincts. They know that you always have their welfare at heart. The project succeeded, and today we have replicated that structure islandwide with more than 800 RCs and neighbourhood committees. Up to 80 percent of people offered the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine In Sicily refuse it out of fears over its safety, according to the southern Italian region's president Nello Musumeci. Singapore's Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong (centre) and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the 2015 General Election. You made that happen. ESM Goh joined the government service in 1964, and was the managing director of Neptune Orient Lines – Singapore’s national shipping company – from 1973 to 1977. Archaeologists near Luxor have unearthed just a portion of the "largest" ancient city ever found in Egypt and dating to a golden pharaonic age 3,000 years ago, officials said Saturday. You raised funds to start numerous social programmes, including the Marine Parade Leadership Foundation to train future community leaders, WeCare@MarineParade to help vulnerable residents, and EduGrow for kindergarten and primary school students from disadvantaged family backgrounds. It is in Marine Parade that you have left the most personal imprint on the lives of individual Singaporeans. By registering, you agree to our T&C and Privacy Policy. Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has served as Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency (GRC) Member of Parliament (MP) since 1976, a whopping 44 years. He served as Minister for Trade and Industry, Health and Defence between 1979 and 1990, and was appointed Deputy Prime Minister in 1985. I will always be personally indebted to you. I strongly support your planned leadership succession at the national level. GOH CHOK TONG. REITs have a proven track record of being dependable sources for dividends over the long term. Hundreds of Pakistani Hazara women are learning how to deliver side kicks and elbow blows as martial arts booms within the marginalised community. Prime Minister’s Office. You brought me into politics and have guided and mentored me all these years. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong at an event at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy on Nov 8, 2018. Dear Chok Tong, Thank you for your letter of 24 June 2020. Grassroots leaders and residents in Marine Parade will miss you. He has also played an active role in EduGrow, our youth mentorship programme for students from lower-income families. Until we resolve the issues, subscribers need not log in to access ST Digital articles. No. I am happy that you will continue to chair the governing board of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. The 4G team led by Heng Swee Keat has been tested and strengthened in the crucible of Covid-19. I always looked forward to these opportunities to share my thoughts and concerns candidly with someone who fully understood what was at stake, and to hear your reactions and perspectives. Singapore is going through a difficult time because of Covid-19. PM LEE'S REPLY TO MR GOH. Member of Parliament. Goh Chok Tong (left) and PM Lee Hsien Loong in the latter’s office today. Best wishes for a successful general election ahead. Singapore's former PM Goh Chok Tong retires from politics Goh, an economist by training, entered politics in 1976 and was first elected to parliament as MP … “Chok Tong has also agreed to become senior adviser to the People's Association on a pro bono basis, and will continue to chair the governing board of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. But we have experienced crises before, including when you were prime minister, such as the Asian financial crisis of 1997-98, the September 2001 terrorist attacks, and the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) outbreak in 2003. He relinquished the post in 2004 to Lee Hsien Loong, and remained in the cabinet as Senior Minister. SINGAPORE: Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has decided to retire from politics, according to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Today, those dreams have become reality. SINGAPORE - Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, 79, is retiring from politics after 44 years as a Member of Parliament. He has spent the last 44 years of his life as a Member of Parliament. As Parliament has now been dissolved, I write to inform you that I have decided not to stand in the coming general election. NASA has delayed by at least several days the first flight of its mini-helicopter on Mars after a possible tech issue emerged while testing its rotors, the US space agency said Saturday. I would not have the same energy when I cross into my 80s. Likewise, we should start building up the core of the 5G team. Iran announced Saturday it has started up advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges in a breach of its undertakings under a troubled 2015 nuclear deal, days after the start of talks on rescuing the accord. Marine Parade has become a vibrant waterfront town filled with warmth, which people of all ages are proud to call home. He put up a post on his Facebook page saying, “This is au revoir, not adieu. The PAP branch activists and the grassroots leaders are my steadfast comrades and firm friends. Dear Chok Tong, Thank you for your letter of 24 June 2020. I am also glad that you will maintain your links with Marine Parade, as chairman emeritus of the Marine Parade branch and adviser emeritus to Marine Parade GROs (grassroots organisations). Marine Parade/ GRC (1976 – 2020) PM Lee’s reply to ESM Goh: 25 June 2020. On behalf of all Singaporeans, I thank you for a lifetime of distinguished service. SINGAPORE — Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong will not be contesting at the coming General Election, as the 79-year-old will retire from politics after 44 years as Member of Parliament (MP) for Marine Parade. Ours was a fruitful comradeship that spanned the entirety of my years in politics and most of yours - a close relationship between two prime ministers that would be the envy of many countries. In the process, you built lifelong friendships with your grassroots leaders, and an unbreakable bond with your residents. Mr Goh Chok Tong. Goh Chok Tong (born 20 May 1941) is a former Singaporean politician who served as Prime Minister of Singapore from 1990 to 2004 and Secretary-General of the People's Action Party from 1992 to 2004. When Myanmar opened up in 2011, your personal relationship with their leaders gave our companies an entry to seize the economic opportunities there. On Wednesday, Mr Goh informed PM Lee of his decision to retire from politics at the general election, and yesterday, PM Lee wrote a valedictory letter to Mr Goh accepting his decision and thanking him for his contributions. As PAP secretary-general, you were tireless in bringing in fresh blood to the party. One way he tried to do so is to arm every Singaporean with the education … Bertha Henson: Is this Singapore GE2020 a 4G show, or not? This article is now fully available for you, Please verify your e-mail to read this subscriber-only article in full. After you retired from Cabinet, we continued with our regular lunches. Residents from other parts of the GRC would often meet you at Meet-the-People Sessions, as you joined your fellow MPs to help residents in their branches. We must look for more good men and women to join the team. The Kremlin on Sunday said it was not moving towards war with Ukraine as Russia increased its military presence on the border with Ukraine's eastern breakaway territories. Emeritus Senior Minister. Fresh lockdowns and curfews were imposed on tens of millions of people from India to Argentina on Saturday, as Covid-19 infections surged again and vaccine roll-outs were hampered by shortages and scares over side effects. Singapore GE2020: ESM Goh Chok Tong exits politics after 44 years, Lunch With Sumiko: 'My mantra was to keep Singapore going', says ESM Goh Chok Tong, I knew I was not to be a seat warmer: Excerpts from Goh Chok Tong's biography, In Pictures: ESM Goh Chok Tong retires from politics.