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The Singapore Democratic Party welcomes the resignation of the Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong from cabinet. The SDP has, in our Shadow Budget 2011, called for the posts created in the Prime Minister’s Office to be abolished as they serve no useful purpose except to drain the national budget.
We call on the Prime Minister to make these removals permanent as well as to go one step further to also abolish the positions of the Ministers-without-portfolio. The Government has never adequately explained to the people what these ministerial posts are for and why they are needed for the efficient running of the country.
The removal of these position will free up to $15 million in salaries paid to these ministers that could be put to better use such as increasing assistance for needy families in Singapore.
If the motivation is for the younger generation to take over the leadership of politics in Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew should completely retire from the political scene. The clean break would truly signal a new beginning for politics in Singapore and for democracy to start its belated development.