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George Yeo steps down from corporate positions, netizens suspect he might re-enter politics

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George Yeo wearing a microphone: George Yeo was a former politician of the ruling People's Action Party. (Photo: George Yeo / FB) George Yeo was a former politician of the ruling People's Action Party. (Photo: George Yeo / FB)

George Yeo, a prominent former politician under the ruling People’s Action Party, has announced he will be stepping down from his position as director of Kerry Logistics Network and Kerry Holdings.

He made this announcement on his Facebook page on Friday, but it came at an interesting juncture: while he stated he wanted to retire, netizens have been rife with suspicion that he might come back for the upcoming Singapore general election.

Yeo has been repeatedly asked by citizens to come back and compete in the elections after he retired from public office in 2011 when he lost his seat to the opposition Workers’ Party in that year’s elections.

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In his Facebook post, he stated that he announced his intention to retire as director of Kerry Logistics Network a year ago after his wife suffered a major illness.

“Reaching 65 this year, I want more time for my family and to pursue other interests,” he said.

He also stated that he would be relinquishing his title as director of Kerry Holdings.

He noted, however, that he would not be fully retiring: he would continue to serve as a senior adviser to the logistics company and that he would be back in office every month.

The notice caused a few netizens to campaign for him to return to politics and that they would throw their support behind him.

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Some are even hopeful that he would join the newly-formed Progress Singapore Party, an opposition party created by former presidential candidate Dr Tan Cheng Bock.

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Whether he proceeds to “un-retire” from political office will remain to be seen, in a keenly-observed general election which has been highly rumored to happen either this year or next.

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