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One less Old Guard

Postby Way2GO » Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:18 pm

SINGAPORE: One of the founding members of the People's Action Party, Dr Toh Chin Chye has died.

Together with Old Guard Leaders Lee Kuan Yew, S Rajaratnam and Goh Keng Swee, Dr Toh had helped lay the foundation for future generations of Singaporeans.

The son of a bicycle shop owner, Dr Toh was born in Malaysia in 1921.

The brilliant student, he won scholarships to study at Raffles College in Singapore, and then in London for a doctorate in physiology.

It was in London that Dr Toh got closer to his future political comrades, Dr Goh Keng Swee and Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

In November 1954, the People's Action Party was formed - with Dr Toh as its Founding Chairman.

His was a voice of moderation and rationality, which helped hold together a party divided between the pro-communists and moderates.

In a tribute years later, Mr Lee said without Dr Toh holding the fort in the PAP, the party might never have held together.

After the PAP's landslide victory in 1959, Mr Lee was sworn in as Prime Minister.

And Dr Toh was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister, a post he held till 1968.

Dr Toh who later served as Science and Technology Minister as well Health Minister, left the Cabinet in 1981 to make way for younger ministers as part of the political renewal process.

He retired as the MP for Rochore in 1988 - at the age of 67.

- CNA/cc


The generation of the ’50s and ’60s took the plunge into politics without ever calculating the costs of the risks or the benefits to be gained. They were driven by ideology. Today’s generation has no culture and is averse to taking political risk. Because they see the heavy-handed response by the government to dissenting views.
What we need in Singapore is soul. Because it is soul that makes society.

– Dr Toh Chin Chye, founding PAP chairman, in a rare public interview in 1997

RIP

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Re: One less Old Guard

Postby verykiasu2010 » Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:00 pm

the dollar notes bearing his signature is rare
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Re: One less Old Guard

Postby raysusan » Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:06 pm

RIP
the great one was those days

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Re: One less Old Guard

Postby Way2GO » Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:26 pm

verykiasu2010 wrote:the dollar notes bearing his signature is rare

u got some? :smile:
I only hv some $1 notes signed by GKS.

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Re: One less Old Guard

Postby Way2GO » Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:29 pm

raysusan wrote:RIP
the great one was those days


Not many left fr d first group of Old Guards.

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Re: One less Old Guard

Postby BigDevil » Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:49 pm

RIP Dr Toh

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Re: One less Old Guard

Postby verykiasu2010 » Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:17 pm

Way2GO wrote:
verykiasu2010 wrote:the dollar notes bearing his signature is rare

u got some? :smile:
I only hv some $1 notes signed by GKS.


SGD$ signatures : Hon Sui Sen, GKS, TCC, GCT, LHL, Richard Hu....chairman of BCCS / MAS.
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Re: One less Old Guard

Postby Way2GO » Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:39 am

verykiasu2010 wrote:SGD$ signatures : Hon Sui Sen, GKS, TCC, GCT, LHL, Richard Hu....chairman of BCCS / MAS.


If I recall correctly, TCC never held post of Finance Minister.
Wat's d story behind those issues of S$ bearing his signature?

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Re: One less Old Guard

Postby pinky » Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:30 am

he was involved in the design of our national flag. he led the committee that was tasked with coming up with the design

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Re: One less Old Guard

Postby polkajane » Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:04 am

RIP Dr Toh :( One by one the first generation left...

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