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GE2020: Former PM Goh Chok Tong to retire from politics after 44 years

Jun 25, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
SINGAPORE - Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong will not be contesting at the coming General Election, as the 79-year-old will retire from politics after 44 years as Member of Parliament for Marine Parade.

PM Lee thanks ESM Goh, says he's 'forever indebted' to himPM Lee has accepted ESM Goh's decision to retire, and thanked him for his contributions as prime minister through tough times such as the 1997 Asian financial crisis and the 2003 SARS outbreak.

"Ours was a fruitful comradeship that spanned the entirety of my years in politics and most of his - a close friendship between two prime ministers that would be the envy of many countries," he wrote in his post.

Prime minister from 1990 to 2004ESM Goh joined the government service in 1964, and was the managing director of Neptune Orient Lines - Singapore's national shipping company - from 1973 to 1977.He entered politics in 1976, becoming MP for Marine Parade in the General Election that same year.

He served as Minister for Trade and Industry, Health and Defence between 1979 and 1990, and was appointed Deputy Prime Minister in 1985.In 1990, ESM Goh succeeded Lee Kuan Yew as Singapore's second prime minister.