Lim Swee Say: Manpower minister known for snappy slogans and heart for low-wage workers

Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say will retire from the Cabinet on April 30, 2018.
Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say will retire from the Cabinet on April 30, 2018.PHOTO: ST FILE
Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say will retire from the Cabinet on April 30, 2018.
Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say will retire from the Cabinet on April 30, 2018.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE
Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say will retire from the Cabinet on April 30, 2018.
Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say will retire from the Cabinet on April 30, 2018.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE

There were no such words as "betterer", "betterest" or "futurise" in local politics, until former labour chief Lim Swee Say came along.

The veteran minister also coined snappy slogans such as "cheaper, better, faster" and "upturn the downturn" in his speeches, sometimes drawing criticism.

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