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ESM Goh says that being an MP comes with occupational hazards

“With some 30 residents seeking help and an additional 20 Branch members assisting, we are a cluster interacting in a small space,” he said

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Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong explained about the occupational hazard that came with his role of being a Member of Parliament (MP).

In a Facebook post yesterday (Mar 19), the former Prime Minister and MP of Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency (GRC) wrote about the situation at a Meet-the-People Session (MPS).

He said that Seah Kian Peng and Dr See Leng Tan joined him. Despite wondering how to minimize the risk of contacting the COVID-19 virus, he added, “With some 30 residents seeking help and an additional 20 Branch members assisting, we are a cluster interacting in a small space”.

“I suppose this is an occupational hazard”, ESM said.

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In the 1976 general election, ESM Goh, then 35, was elected as Member of Parliament for Marine Parade Single Member Constituency as a People’s Action Party (PAP) candidate. He has served in Marine Parade for 44 years.

Despite many asking ESM Goh to ‘do a Mahathir’ – a phrase that means to continue being in politics even at an old age – Mr Goh said that he has no plans to do so.

In a Facebook post last year, ESM wrote, “I too try and touch the lives of our vulnerable citizens, old and young. At 78, I find this a more meaningful way to continue working for a kinder and gentler society than trying to make a come-back in politics”.

He added, “Unlike in Malaysia, there is no need to do a Mahathir in Singapore”.

ESM Goh’s comments came after he attended a Lunar New Year lunch hosted by TOUCH Community Services for some of its senior citizen and special needs clients. /TISG

Read related: Is ESM Goh suggesting “there is no need to do a Mahathir in Singapore” like Tan Cheng Bock?

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