Lee Hsien Loong (left) shares a light moment with Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong at Singapore’s national day celebrations. Goh told his biographer Lee Kuan Yew had not wanted to hand the reins of power straight to his son Hsien Loong, but that he himself had been more than the “seat warmer” the public took him for. Lee Hsien Loong succeeded Goh in 2004. Photo: EPA

Biography of Singapore prime minister Goh Chok Tong dwells on his differences with Lee Kuan Yew

  • A telling episode in story of Singapore’s second prime minister highlights the ‘climate of fear’ in the nation in the years before he took power
  • The book plays up his governing style, a contrast to that of his political godfather, who wanted Goh to be more Machiavellian and less ‘kind and gentle’
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Lee Hsien Loong (left) shares a light moment with Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong at Singapore’s national day celebrations. Goh told his biographer Lee Kuan Yew had not wanted to hand the reins of power straight to his son Hsien Loong, but that he himself had been more than the “seat warmer” the public took him for. Lee Hsien Loong succeeded Goh in 2004. Photo: EPA
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