Goh Keng Swee
Just this morning, former Deputy Prime Minister Goh Keng Swee passed away.
Dr Goh Keng Swee will be remembered, above all, for his role as one of the prime architects of Singapore’s economic success.
He had one word to describe the state of the economy when he became finance minister in 1959: ‘Wretched’.
Upon Singapore’s independence in 1965, Dr Goh also became Minister for the Interior and Defence until 1967, assuming responsibilities for strengthening Singapore’s military and domestic security capabilities. A key policy was the creation of National Service, a mandatory conscription system for able-bodied young males.
In 1979, Dr Goh moved on to the Education Ministry, where his Goh Report greatly influenced the development of Singapore’s education system, introducing key policies such as streaming and religious education.
From Straits Times. I remember learning about Dr. Goh and all his visionary policies during Social Studies in primary school, and even in some university modules. Here’s one person who really made an impact on the landscape of Singapore today. Respect!