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Total's advisers honour Lee Kuan Yew, refuse his resignation

Group, of which Mr Lee is a member, meets in Singapore for the first time

Published on Sep 22, 2012 6:00 AM
Mr Lee at the Istana dinner with (from Mr Lee’s right) Total international advisory committee chairman Christophe de Margerie, Professor Joseph Nye, Mr Stephen Lee, Mrs Stephen Lee, Ms Bernadette de Margerie, Ms Anne Bujon, Mr Sergio do Amaral and Mr Francois Bujon. -- ST PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN

The 10 high-powered members of Total's international advisory committee usually meet in Paris. But this year, they gathered in Singapore for the first time - to honour Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Singapore's founding prime minister, who turned 89 last Sunday, has been a member of the French oil and gas giant's international advisory board for the last 19 years.

Flanked by four Cabinet ministers and several corporate titans, Mr Lee hosted a dinner for the Total board at the Istana on Friday night. He then announced that this would be his last meeting with them.

"Next year I'll be 90. You'll be having a meeting in September. If you had not said it is in Paris, it makes my job easier to say: 'Thank you, this is my last session'."

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