Time for Singapore to work together: George Yeo

Former foreign minister George Yeo said Saturday that many Singaporeans had "lost faith in the Government". He also urged locals to work together for the interests of the country.

Speaking at a Punggol Community Club dinner on Saturday night, he urged Singaporeans of all political stripes to work together, saying Singapore had been divided since last year's general election.

According to The Sunday Times, Mr Yeo said the ruling People's Action Party's share of 60.1 per cent of votes showed that many had lost faith in the Government and that was not a good thing.

"When a country is divided, many problems will arise," he said. He also called for Singaporeans to link their hearts together and broaden their minds.

The former foreign minister said both the politicians in opposition parties and those within the Government make must an effort to work together, citing his former grassroots leader Dr Ang Yong Guan as an example.

Dr Ang joined the Singapore Democratic Party last year after chairing the Punggol Community Club management committee for a long time. Dr Yeo said although Dr Ang had joined the opposition, it was still possible for them to work together.

The dinner was organised by Aljunied GRC's Bedok Reservoir-Punggol ward to thank Mr Yeo for his 23 years of service as their adviser.

He had stepped down on Jan 1 and was succeeded by grassroots veteran Anthony Loh.

People's Association special adviser Lim Boon Heng was among the 1,000 residents and grassroots volunteers who attended the dinner.

There were tributes from grassroots leaders during the dinner and performances from residents.

Mr Yeo was the first of the five defeated PAP candidates in Aljunied GRC to step down as grassroots adviser and branch chairman.

The Sunday Times said the announcements of the retirement of two others, Ms Lim Hwee Hua and Mdm Cynthia Phua are impending.

paullim@sph.com.sg

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