Singapore down half flag on 20-23 May for the death of former DPM Goh Keng Swee

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Singapore down half flag on 20-23 May for the death of former DPM Goh Keng Swee

Post by Successor on Fri May 14, 2010 11:47 am

State funeral for former DPM Goh Keng Swee

SINGAPORE: The late Dr Goh Keng Swee will be given a state funeral on May 23, according to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office.

The government will announce more details about the funeral arrangements.

The body of the late Dr Goh will lie in state at the Parliament from May 20-22. The public may pay their last respects during this period.

As a mark of respect for Dr Goh, the State flag on all government buildings will be flown at half-mast from May 20-23.

President S R Nathan was at the late Dr Goh's home to offer his condolences. Writing in the condolence book, Mr Nathan described Dr Goh as a great man. He said Dr Goh was a great teacher and much beloved mentor for many in the civil service.

Foreign Minister George Yeo was also at the late Dr Goh's home to offer his condolences.

Dr Goh, Singapore's former Deputy Prime Minister, died early Friday morning after battling a long illness.

Dr Goh, who was also a former Finance Minister, was 91.

He is survived by his wife, son, daughter-in-law, two grandsons and three great grandchildren.

According to his wife, Dr Phua Swee Liang, Dr Goh died from pneumonia and old age.

Dr Goh came to Singapore at the age of two, and was later educated at Anglo Chinese School before going on to study economics at Raffles College.

He worked as a civil servant till the Japanese Occupation of Singapore during the Second World War.

After the war a scholarship took him to the London School of Economics.

After obtaining his PhD on a University of London Scholarship in 1956, Dr Goh rejoined the civil service on his return to Singapore.

Later, he quit to enter politics running in the 1959 Legislative Assembly Election on the PAP ticket.

With self-government, Dr Goh being the only economist in the first Singapore cabinet, was given the portfolio of Finance Minister.

The strategy of Dr Goh was to build a manufacturing sector to attract foreign multi-national corporations to invest – and so provide jobs very quickly.

In 1961, Dr Goh set up the Economic Development Board with the objective of attracting foreign multi-national companies to Singapore.

Through his efforts 15 thousand acres of swamp in Jurong was turned into a modern industrial park.

In the late 1960s, Dr Goh became Singapore's first Interior and Defence Minister, overseeing the introduction of National Service and the building of the Singapore Armed Forces.

After his success in the Finance and Defence ministries, Dr Goh who had earned himself the nickname, “Mr Fix It” went on to be appointed Education Minister in 1979.

During his term the streaming policy and Gifted Education Programme were introduced, the Curriculum Development Institute was set up and the foundations laid for the computerization drive in schools.

During his tenure in government service Dr Goh was also instrumental in the creation of Singapore's first defence hardware company Chartered Industries of Singapore, the Jurong Bird Park and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

In 1984 Dr Goh retired from politics.

By then, he had been in the Cabinet for 25 years, serving the last 11 as Deputy Prime Minister.


Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1056561/1/.html

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