December 20, 1992 |
Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong easily won a special election Saturday and said he would use the results to reinvigorate his government. "You have given me your resounding endorsement for the policies of my government and leadership," Goh told supporters after the result. "I pledge on behalf of my colleagues and myself to safeguard the future of Singapore." Beaming, he told reporters Saturday night: "When I land a solid punch, I know it."
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.
June 21, 1987 |
A lengthy campaign to persuade parents in Singapore to "stop at two" children has worked too well, and government officials are now offering a package of financial incentives in an attempt to spark a baby boom. But the major policy shift has left parents baffled, mothers indignant, sociologists skeptical and private employers nervous about potential costs. "Are we being told to have more children for the sake of the country or for ourselves?" asked J. D. Indran, the father of a 2-year-old boy.
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.