16 May '11, 2am
SPP, SDP criticise timing of announcement #SGelections
TWO opposition parties have criticised Singapore's two former prime ministers for the timing of the announcement that they are leaving the Cabinet. Said Mr Chiam See Tong, secretary-general of the Singapore People's Party (SPP): 'The question is: Why now, and not five years later? I think MM and SM owe an explanation to the public on this point.' It is the 'fair' thing to do, Mr Chiam added, arguing that the outcome of the polls would probably have been different if voters had known before the election that Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, 69, and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, 87, were planning to step down as ministers. His party would probably have won in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, he said, and added: 'In Marine Parade, they would not have gotten in if Goh Chok Tong was stepping down.' Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Straits Times.