Goh Keng Swee

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Goh Keng Swee
2nd Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore
In office
1 March 1973 – 3 December 1984
Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew
Preceded by Toh Chin Chye
Succeeded by S. Rajaratnam
Constituency Kreta Ayer
Minister for Education
In office
12 February 1979 – 31 May 1980,
1 June 1981 – 3 December 1984
Preceded by Chua Sian Chin
Succeeded by Tony Tan Keng Yam
3rd Minister for Defence
In office
11 August 1970 – 11 February 1979
Preceded by Lim Kim San
Succeeded by Howe Yoon Chong
3rd Minister for Finance
In office
17 August 1967 – 10 August 1970
Preceded by Lim Kim San
Succeeded by Hon Sui Sen
1st Minister for the Interior and Defence
In office
9 August 1965 – 16 August 1967
Preceded by None (Post newly created)
Succeeded by Lim Kim San
1st Minister for Finance
In office
5 June 1959 – 8 August 1965
Preceded by None (Post newly created)
Succeeded by Lim Kim San
Personal details
Born Robert Goh Keng Swee
6 October 1918
Malacca, Straits Settlements
Died 14 May 2010(2010-05-14) (aged 91)
Nationality Singaporean
Political party People's Action Party
Spouse(s) Alice Woon (1942–1986), Dr. Phua Swee Liang (from 1991)[1]
Children Goh Kian Chee[1]
Alma mater Anglo-Chinese School (SC), Raffles College (Dip. A.), LSE (B.Sc. (Econ.), 1951; Ph.D., 1954)
Religion Methodist[2]
Military service
Years of service 1939?–1942
Rank Corporal
Unit Singapore Volunteer Corps
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Goh.

Goh Keng Swee (simplified Chinese: 吴庆瑞; traditional Chinese: 吳慶瑞; pinyin: Wú Qìngruì; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Gô͘ Khèng-sūi; 6 October 1918 – 14 May 2010) was the second Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore between 1973 and 1984, and a Member of Parliament for the Kreta Ayer constituency for a quarter of a century.

Goh died in the early morning of 14 May 2010 at the age of 91.[3] His body lay in state at Parliament House from 20 to 22 May.[4] A state funeral was held on 23 May 2010 at the Singapore Conference Hall. After the ceremony, a private ceremony for family members was held at the Mandai Crematorium.[5] As a mark of respect, the State flag was flown at half-mast from all Government buildings between 20 and 23 May.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Obituary notice of Dr. Goh Keng Swee, The Straits Times (15 May 2010), p. C28.
  2. Tan Cheng Lock, the Straits Legislator and Chinese Leader, Petaling Jaya, Selangor: Pelanduk Publications, 1990, p. 3, ISBN 978-9-679-78236-3  Unknown parameter |name= ignored (help).
  3. "Farewell to one of Singapore's prime architects", Weekend Today, p. 1, 15–16 May 2010, archived from the original on 18 May 2010 . See also Rachel Lin (15 May 2010), "A quiet passing for a quiet man: He lived simply, was a private man, with S'pore uppermost in his mind", The Straits Times, p. A3 .
  4. Esther Ng (21 May 2010), "From all walks of life, they came to pay their respects: More than 5,000 queue up at Parliament House to honour Dr Goh", Today, p. 3, archived from the original on 21 May 2010 ; Nur Dianah Suhaimi; Kor Kian Beng (22 May 2010), "'Thank you and goodbye': Young and old, from near and far, over 7,000 pay respects to Dr Goh", The Straits Times, p. A16 .
  5. Cassandra Chew (22 May 2010), "State funeral an honour reserved for rare few", The Straits Times, p. A16 ; Chua Mui Hoong (24 May 2010), "Goodbye, Dr Goh: Tributes flow at state funeral for one of Singapore's founding fathers", The Straits Times, pp. A1–A2 ; Rachel Lin (24 May 2010), "A simple, moving funeral for Dr Goh: Nation mourns one of its founders in a sombre but intimate ceremony", The Straits Times, pp. A2–A3 ; Zul Othman (24 May 2010), "A nation says goodbye", Today, pp. 1 & 3, archived from the original on 29 May 2010 .
  6. "State funeral on May 23", Weekend Today, p. 2, 15–16 May 2010, archived from the original on 18 May 2010 .