Much has changed about Govt, says George Yeo

Much has changed about Govt, says George Yeo

FORMER foreign minister George Yeo said the Singapore Government has changed substantially since the 2011 general election.

"You asked, has the Government been changing? Of course. I have never seen the Government change as much as it did in the last four years," he said.

A Cabinet minister for 20 years until the People's Action Party team he led in Aljunied GRC lost to the Workers' Party at that election, Mr Yeo was replying to a question at a business forum organised by Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao last night.

"I am not saying we are perfect, but there are many more things we are doing right and many countries in the world look up to us," he said. "So, we must keep improving, keep adjusting, but, at the same time, maintain a certain sense of proportion."

The forum participant had said Mr Yeo was an advocate of driving change while in government, and cited significant policies which have been rolled out recently, like MediShield Life.

After the dialogue, he declined to elaborate on his comments when asked by reporters.

In the 90-minute dialogue, the questions raised included how small firms can tap on opportunities in Asia and what people can learn from today's younger generation.

Mr Yeo, who launched his new book last month, has recently been in the media spotlight, prompting speculation he may re-enter politics.

But in a media interview this week, he said he did not see himself returning to Parliament.

One participant asked if he would consider running for president. Mr Yeo said: "You must ask yourself whether you have the passion for it.

"In 2011, when I was asked this question, I said I am not temperamentally suited for this very important responsibility. It would be a great honour, it would be a fantastic way to serve Singaporeans. But I don't think I am the right person for that."

One Aljunied resident said he felt town councils should be managed by the ruling party, not the opposition. Mr Yeo did not respond to the comment.

wongsy@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on June 6, 2015.
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