SINGAPORE - Former National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan has denied that he had to give up the post after the 2011 General Election because of skyrocketing property prices.
It was time to retire and make way for younger and talented people to take over, he was quoted as saying in a new book.
Mr Mah is one of nine prominent Hainanese Singaporeans interviewed in the book.
There had been talk that he had to take the blame for rising property prices, but he did not think so.
He had no regrets when he retired, he said. He also felt he had given the best part of his life to serving Singapore's people and government.
Mr Mah was happy, grateful and proud about the years he had spent at the National Development Ministry.