22 May '11, 1am

Wong Kan Seng: I wanted to step down in 2001

Wong Kan Seng: I wanted to step down in 2001

FORMER deputy prime minister Wong Kan Seng first thought of retiring from the Cabinet in 2001, he revealed on Saturday. At that point, he had served for 17 years and told then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong that he was prepared to be let go 'any time' so he could pursue other interests. But Mr Goh decided that he should carry on, he added. Then in 2004, when Mr Lee Hsien Loong took over as the Prime Minister, Mr Wong again made known his intention to retire. 'But he said: 'Well, we still need you for a while',' said Mr Wong. 'So this time round, during the election it was the same thing, I said I'm ready to go. I informed Prime Minister that I'm ready to step down from Cabinet any time, having served for so long.' Mr Wong, 64, was speaking on the sidelines of the National Clan Associations Congress held at the premises of the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations...

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