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Tan Jee Say: SM Goh asked me to stay on and help him

Posted by singaporege2011 on May 2, 2011

SDP candidate for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC Mr Tan Jee Say has refuted Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong’s earlier claims that he left the civil service because he did not make the cut as a permanent secretary.

Mr Tan was a former principal private secretary of then DPM Goh Chok Tong from 1985 to 1990 after which he joined the private sector as an investment adviser.

During a speech made at a packed SDP rally in Clementi last night, Mr Tan said he never intended to become a permanent secretary and that it was SM Goh who asked him to stay on when he had wanted to resigned from the civil service in 1984 after the expiration of his scholarship bond.

Mr Tan was a former government scholar who graduated with a degree in Politics, Economics and Philosophy from the prestigious Oxford University.

He added that SM Goh gave him his blessings to leave the civil service when he tendered his resignation a second time in 1990:

‘(SM Goh) replied that since this was the second time I told him I wanted to leave, he would not hold me back but would give me his blessings to leave the civil service,’ he said.

Mr Tan said he was surprised at his former boss’s comments about him:

‘I did not expect such comments from him after five years of loyal service.’

The feeble attempts by SM Goh to cast doubts on Mr Tan’s capability did not go down too well with the ground.

Eric posted on Yahoo News:

“Dear SM Goh, even if you are speaking the truth, a person annual performance appraisal has to be kept confidential. Your party tactics backfired again. Please don’t alienate yourself further from the people who have been your loyally supporting you all these years. Even if you win the election this time, it is not that all beautiful.”

Matt added:

“Sadly, to have a very esteemed SM Goh to give a comment that is very much considered “a blow under the belt” is very uncalled for. I would have expected something more honorable coming from a “people’s Prime Minister”. Assuming that what SM Goh said is true, it is not very ethical and appropriate to talk about such a thing over a totally different and separate platform. I am appalled.”

Despite fielding its best team in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, the SDP faces an uphill task to unseat its PAP incumbents.

PAP de facto leader Lee Kuan Yew proclaimed lately that the PAP will win the coming election hands down with the only ‘hotspot’ being Aljunied GRC.

With the two opposition MPs contesting in GRCs, there is a good chance that the PAP will make a clean sweep of all the 82 contested seats thereby claiming another ‘overwhelming mandate’ which it will construe as a support and endorsement for its ultra-liberal and pro-foreigner policies.

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