PM's son to wait until dad retires

PRIME Minister Goh Chok Tong's son is being courted by the ruling party to enter politics but he is not inclined to take the plunge while his father is in power, said a newspaper yesterday.  

“I don't think I'll go into politics when my dad is still there,” physician 35-year-old Goh Jin Hian, a senior executive with a health services group, said in an interview with the local Business Times. 

FAMILY FIRST: Goh's father dissuaded him from entering politics for now for the sake of his two young daughters.--AFPpic.

The elder Goh, 61, who replaced founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew in 1990, has announced plans to step down before the next general elections, due by 2006, to enable a new generation to take over. 

His chosen successor is Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, 50, son of the former prime minister. 

The junior Goh said his father's colleagues in the ruling People's Action Party had interviewed him for a potential political career, but the prime minister dissuaded him from entering politics for now for the sake of his two young daughters. 

“My dad shares the same sentiment that I shouldn't go (into politics) at this stage of my life. Like him the family is important to me and I also encourage the staff at work to spend more time with their families,” Dr Goh said. 

The general practitioner is also the general manager of Parkway Shenton, the corporate services arm of Parkway Group Healthcare, which owns Singapore's most prestigious private hospitals. – AFP  

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