Former PM Goh Chok Tong retires from politics

EMERITUS Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has decided to retire from politics and will not stand in the coming General Election.

In his letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the former prime minister and member of parliament (MP) for Marine Parade GRC said that despite many urging him to stand for another term, he "would not have the same energy when I cross into my 80s". Mr Goh has served as an MP for Marine Parade for over four decades.

In accepting Mr Goh's decision to retire, Mr Lee paid tribute to his predecessor for his "calm and steady leadership" which gave Singaporeans comfort and courage in crises such as the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997-98, the September 2001 terrorist attacks, and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) outbreak in 2003.

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