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PAP veterans to retire

Senior Minister S. Jayakumar and Speaker of Parliament Abdullah Tarmugi announced they will not be contesting in the upcoming general elections. -AsiaOne

Fri, Mar 25, 2011

SINGAPORE - SENIOR Minister S. Jayakumar and Speaker of Parliament Abdullah Tarmugi announced they will be retiring as the polls come around.

They are also both Members of Parliament for East Coast GRC.

The Straits Times reported that Prof Jayakumar, 71, said he has been discussing his retirement with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for some time.

The PAP leaders have said they believe in self-renewal, and that the new batch of candidates are very good.

Above: Matthias Yao
(Photo: ST)

In a separate development, Deputy Speaker and MP for MacPherson Matthias Yao also told The Straits Times that he will be retiring as well.

Prof Jayakumar entered politics in 1980 and has helmed four ministries - Labour, Home Affairs, Law and Foreign Affairs.

Mr Abdullah, 66, was elected in the Siglap seat in the 1984 GE and became Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs in 1993 when he also became Minister of State for the Environment. He became Acting Minister for Community Development in 1994 and a full minister in 1996. He was then appointed Speaker in 2002.

With their pending departure, Labour Minister Lim Swee Say will be leading the five-member East Coast GRC. Senior Parliamentary Secretary for National Development Mohamad Maliki Osman will also join the East Coast team.

The other members are Transport Minister Raymond Lim, Minister of State for Manpower and Trade and Industry Lee Yi Shyan and Ms Jessica Tan.

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