Timely nudge by ESM Goh

Would anyone have thought this could happen to Malaysia's Umno - its former leader Mahathir Mohamad, who is now 92 years old, has become the opposition party's leader (Mahathir to be PM if opposition wins polls; Jan 8)?

This is what happens when there is a split in the party. It could happen to Singapore's PAP too, if there is a split in leadership.

It is fortunate that the PAP has Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong putting some pressure on the 4G leaders to make a decision on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's successor (ESM Goh says 4G leadership an urgent challenge; Jan 2).

His intervention is a timely one.

Charlie Lau

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 09, 2018, with the headline 'Timely nudge by ESM Goh'. Print Edition | Subscribe