19 May '11, 9pm

Yesterday marked the last meeting of the present Cabinet. 'We were all conscious this was the end of an era': PM Lee

The present Cabinet held its last meeting at the Istana yesterday. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said: 'We were all conscious that this was the end of an era. We had a short agenda of routine business. Then I thanked SM Goh, MM Lee and the retiring ministers. MM spoke, recalling his first Cabinet meeting in May 1959 in City Hall, just after the PAP had won the election. He said there was a photo of that meeting too. MM said he was happy that the new team taking over was a strong one, and that he and SM had made the right decision to step down completely. 'The other retiring ministers also spoke. SM spoke for all of us in thanking MM again, saying that without him and his unwavering policy of self-renewal, none of us would have been given the opportunity to serve in Cabinet, at which we all applauded MM. MM wished the new team well, and success in tackling the difficult ch...

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