January 1, 1990 |
Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who turned a colonial backwater into a modern industrial giant, announced Sunday that he will step down from the post he has held for 30 years before the end of 1990. In his New Year's message, the 66-year-old Lee said First Deputy Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong will be his successor, ending speculation that he would immediately pass the post on to his son, Trade and Industry Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
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."
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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.
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.