21 May '11, 6am

S'pore should tap on contacts of MM Lee, SM Goh & Yeo: Shanmugam

SINGAPORE: Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam said Singapore should tap on the good relations and contacts of Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Foreign Minister George Yeo cultivated over the years. Mr Shanmugam, who is the Law and Home Affairs Minister, will take over from Mr Yeo, who left the Cabinet after he lost his seat of Aljunied GRC in the recent elections. Mr Shanmugam said Singapore has punched well above its weight internationally for a long time. He said this is primarily due to MM Lee, and former foreign ministers like the late Mr S Rajaratnam, Professor S Jayakumar, and until recently, Mr Yeo. Mr Shanmugam said: "In my own view, the kind of influence they have internationally, the contacts they have...the number of people they know. Mr Lee can go to any place in the world - with or without any title - and people will see him. ...

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