And while it’s not New Year’s Day yet, there will probably be much singing of “Auld Lang Syne” around kopitiams in Singapore now that Mah Bow Tan has retired from politics.
Mr Mah announced his decision to step down yesterday.
He will not be contesting in the coming General Election.
Mr Mah, a President’s scholar, has served as an MP since 1988.
He has also served as Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Minister for Communications, Minister for the Environment and Minister for National Development.
Mr Mah oversaw the implementation of both the Certificate of Entitlement and Electronic Road Pricing schemes.
He has also been blamed for soaring home prices, which between 2008 and 2010 alone spike by some S$100,000
In a Facebook post yesterday, Mr Mah said:
“Dear residents, we have celebrated ND together for the last 27 years. We have seen Tampines develop. From kampongs and sand quarries to a bustling modern new town. But my most wonderful memory over the last 27 years has been to see so many of you grow up, from crying babies, to confident young men and women, and finally proud parents and grandparents. Watching you grow up has filled me with a mixture of wonder, joy and pride. Just like seeing my own family grow. And as we watch our children grow, we ourselves are growing older. In fact, we have grown old together. Tonight, I wish to inform you that this will be the last National Day dinner that I will be speaking to you. It is time for me to step aside and make way for the next generation. My work here is done. I have decided that I will not be standing for election at the next GE. I have informed the PM and he has agreed. I want to thank you all most sincerely and gratefully for all your support , advise, love and friendship all these years. Most importantly, you have given me the chance to serve not only Tampines but also Singapore and to make a difference to our country.”