ESM Goh praises PAP govt: We have ‘far-sighted’ and ‘competent’ leaders
Posted by temasektimes on October 16, 2012
Sharing his views on how Singapore manage to survive and thrive as a small state, ESM Goh, who was invited to speak as an Ezra F. Vogel Distinguished Visitor said the perennial challenge for small states is to preserve their independence and remain relevant and competitive.
He said governance must be outstanding and there must be a national consensus on where the country is heading and how problems are to be solved.
“Unless we are respected as a successful country, we cannot expect to exercise any international influence. Why should others listen to us or deal with us if our house is in disarray and we cannot even solve our own problems?” he asked.
He then declared that Singapore was able to navigate changes in the international environment because of its ‘First World’ leaders:
“We had far-sighted, competent and decisive leaders since independence and has succeeded in building a prosperous society.”
ESM Goh was the Prime Minister of Singapore from 1990 to 2004. During his tenure, he promised Singaporeans a ‘Swiss standard’ of living.
While that target remains as elusive as ever, Singaporeans are now burdened with the ‘Swiss cost of living’ minus its quality of life.