Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has made public two letters containing the exchange between himself and the Transport Minister to avoid suspicions that the latter was asked to leave. The letter from Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew was dated today (August 11) and, surprisingly, PM Lee Hsien Loong managed to reply on the same day and publicize the exchange.
In the letter, Minister Lui Tuck Yew requested to resign and not contest in the coming election. He mentioned that he has raised this issue earlier this year but did not explain why he is resigning. The Transport Minister did not say he is taking responsibility for the series of public transport breakdowns but he had however, attempted to save his job by reducing public transport fares in December.
Last month (July 24), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong removed the Transport Minister’s Kallang-Moulmein GRC. Lui Tuck Yew raised his concerns to Lee Hsien Loong’s decision to remove his constituency, Kallang-Moulmein GRC, saying he was very disappointed in the Prime Minister but the PM did not respond. Also, in April, PM Lee reshuffled the cabinet without replacing the Transport Minister’s position which he could have done if Lui Tuck Yew had really raised his decision to resign earlier in 2015 as the latter claimed. It is hence very hard to divorce from speculations that the Prime Minister has fired Lui Tuck Yew. There is no replacement for the Transport Minister position and PM Lee is in trouble over finding suitable candidates after several PAP MPs chose to resign as well.