So have MM Lee Kuan Yew and SM Goh Chok Tong retired?

lky and gck stepping downAskmelah’s Note: So just when we thought that we have heard the last of both the two ex-PMs (in fact some may miss many of their controversal sensational quotes made since they stepped down from their premierships), out come the puzzling statement (if you believe it is a result of Temasekreview.com’s article). So have they retired or not? If they really and sincerely want to give a free hand to PM to manage the country, let the man do it. Why the need to have offices and staff while there are no more official titles and responsibilities associated with them? It is also ridiculous to have 8 full time and 2 part time (and likely very high calibre) staff to support two part timers who are essentially retired. Aren’t Singapore short of manpower especially the talented ones? I also recalled when announcing their retirement, PM Lee said then: “the title of Emeritus means the person is retired but he keeps, as an honorary title, the title which he held immediately before he retires.” Singapore has to live without the two men, the problem now is not we do not have enough growth, we have too much of it if you ask the economists and the inflation.”
As a forumer pointed out, when you retire, retire. No more politics for these two men please. Take a well deserve break for heaven sake and leave a good name and good image for future generations to admire, that is if Singapore still there in 500 years from now.

Mr Lee and Mr Goh will each have one special assistant and one part-time press secretary, plus one secretary and two full-time clerical officers, said a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday.

The statement noted that Mr Lee and Mr Goh continue to make significant contributions to Singapore, especially internationally.

“They have strong personal relationships with many world leaders. Their views remain widely sought after by political and business leaders, prominent thinkers and the foreign media.

“From time to time they will travel overseas to meet leaders, engage investors, and speak at conferences. These activities raise Singapore’s international profile and promote our political and economic interests. Their staff will help them to carry out these functions,” it said.

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