August 29, 1993 |
Ong Teng Cheong, who will be sworn in Wednesday as Singapore's first elected president, began his career as a private architect but eventually became the island nation's top labor leader and deputy prime minister. Ong was elected Saturday, taking 59% of the valid votes, a lower percentage than many expected in his race against former banker and onetime Accountant General Chua Kim Yeow. Ong, 57, joined the civil service as a town planner, but his first love has been trade unionism.
August 27, 1993 |
In many countries, the last few days before a presidential election are filled with campaign rhetoric, political promises and a last gasp of hectic electioneering. But not here. This island nation of 3 million people is having its first-ever presidential election Saturday. But there are no rallies, no debates and no issues. In fact, one of the two candidates really doesn't want the job at all.
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.
September 4, 1988
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew led his ruling party to its eighth straight election victory, winning 80 seats in the recently enlarged 81-member Parliament. There had been no doubt that the People's Action Party would win. When counting was completed early today, the party had won 69 of the 70 seats contested to combine with 11 seats in which its candidates were unopposed. Lee's party won 64.6% of the final vote, compared to 64.8% in the last election in 1984.
August 22, 1988
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's ruling People's Action Party, preparing for Sept. 3 parliamentary elections, retired 14 veteran lawmakers, including several high-level ministers, in a major party shake-up. Goh Chok Tong, the party's assistant secretary general, said the shake-up, while "not a pleasant exercise . . . is part of a necessary self-renewal process."