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Singapore's debt to retiring political leaders, ST Editorial News & Top Stories

Jun 29, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
Even amid a destabilising medical and economic crisis, one enduring feature of Singapore politics is evident in the run-up to the general election.

Those who are strong and confident enough know when to step aside, and Singapore's politics has become stronger over the years because of the willingness of such leaders to leave the stage when newer actors emerge.

On the other side of the political aisle, former Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang also decided to step down from electoral politics.

Mr Low, who feels that his work is done, succeeded in bringing his party from the acerbic fringes of electoral politics into the credible mainstream, and having it try and serve as an effective check on the ruling party.

Singapore is fortunate in that its politics has not been held hostage by wilful, stubborn or squabbling leaders intent on holding on to power in the face of internal and external tectonic shifts.