We can all work together: George Yeo on S'pore politics

Last year's general election which saw the ruling People's Action Party's (PAP) vote share slip to 60.1 per cent, showed that many had "lost faith in the government", said former Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo.

Speaking at a farewell dinner at Punggol Community Club on Saturday, Yeo urged politicans from both the ruling and opposition parties to work together with people's interest at heart and "link the hearts together, broaden our minds," reported the Sunday Times.

Yeo added that the vote share showed that many had "lost faith in the government" and "that is not a good thing".

"When a country is divided, many problems will arise," Yeo said. He pointed out that even though former Aljunied grassroots leader Dr Ang Yong Guan crossed over to opposition Singapore Democratic Party last year, Yeo stressed that "we can all work together," the same paper reported.

"This is an effort everyone must pool together - government, people, all political parties," he told attendees at the dinner.

Yeo officially relinquished his role as grassroots advisor and branch chairman to Aljunied GRC on 1 January this year and had serve 23 years in the ward. He was replaced by veteran grassroots leader Anthony Loh, 73.

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