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October 4, 2010
Kwa Geok Choo Wife, mother of Singapore prime ministers Kwa Geok Choo, 89, wife of Singapore's first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, and the mother of the island nation's current prime minister, died Saturday at home, said a statement from the office of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. She underwent surgery in 2008 after a stroke and suffered a massive hemorrhage a month later. Born in 1921, Kwa met Lee in the late 1930s when they studied at Raffles Institution, where she was the only girl in high school.
September 2, 1991 |
Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, who has attempted to gradually relax Singapore's authoritarian system of rule, said Sunday that he is reviewing his style of government after what he considered to be an embarrassing decline in the ruling party's electoral popularity. By most standards, the People's Action Party scored a commanding victory by winning 77 of the 81 seats in the legislature in Saturday's elections. But the party's share of the vote fell to 61% from 63.2% in the last election in 1988.
November 27, 1990
Lee Kuan Yew, the unchallenged leader of Singapore for the last 31 years, finally steps down Wednesday in favor of his handpicked successor as prime minister, Goh Chok Tong. With Lee expected to stay in the Cabinet as a senior minister, however, few expect that Goh will be completely free to chart a new course. He has said he prefers a more open, consultative style of government.
February 7, 1994 |
Singapore Airlines Considers Joint Venture: The carrier is looking into the possibility of creating a domestic airline in India with local partners, the Straits Times newspaper reported. The paper cited a source who traveled to India with Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong last week. The airline would run shuttle services between major cities. India's aviation sector has been closed to foreign competition until recently, the paper said.
June 14, 1990 |
First Deputy Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong said Wednesday he will succeed Lee Kuan Yew as prime minister of Singapore in November. Lee, who has ruled since the former British colony became self-governing in 1959, has said in the past that Goh will succeed him when he steps down before the end of this year. Goh, 47, has said his objective is to develop a "more participatory, accommodative and cooperative" style of government and to ensure Singapore's financial well-being.
August 10, 1988
Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first and only prime minister since 1965, reaffirmed that he will step down to make way for younger leaders. "I have discharged my responsibilities to provide for continuity," Lee, who heads the ruling People's Action Party, told a crowd of 80,000 gathered in the National Stadium to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of Singapore's independence from Britain. Seated on his right was First Deputy Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, who will succeed Lee.