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Goh Keng Swee
2nd Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore
In office
1 March 1973 – 3 December 1984
Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew
Preceded by Toh Chin Chye
Succeeded by S. Rajaratnam
Constituency Kreta Ayer
Minister for Education
In office
12 February 1979 – 31 May 1980,
1 June 1981 – 3 December 1984
Preceded by Chua Sian Chin
Succeeded by Tony Tan Keng Yam
3rd Minister for Defence
In office
11 August 1970 – 11 February 1979
Preceded by Lim Kim San
Succeeded by Howe Yoon Chong
3rd Minister for Finance
In office
17 August 1967 – 10 August 1970
Preceded by Lim Kim San
Succeeded by Hon Sui Sen
1st Minister for the Interior and Defence
In office
9 August 1965 – 16 August 1967
Preceded by None (Post newly created)
Succeeded by Lim Kim San
1st Minister for Finance
In office
5 June 1959 – 8 August 1965
Preceded by None (Post newly created)
Succeeded by Lim Kim San
Personal details
Robert Goh Keng Swee

6 October 1918
Malacca, Straits Settlements
Died 14 May 2010(2010-05-14) (aged 91)
Nationality Singaporean
Political party People's Action Party
Spouse(s) Alice Woon (1942–1986), Dr. Phua Swee Liang (from 1991)
Children Goh Kian Chee
Alma mater Anglo-Chinese School (SC), Raffles College (Dip. A.), LSE (B.Sc. (Econ.), 1951; Ph.D., 1954)
Military service
Years of service 1939?–1942
Rank Corporal
Unit Singapore Volunteer Corps
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Goh.

Goh Keng Swee (simplified Chinese: 吴庆瑞; traditional Chinese: 吳慶瑞; pinyin: Wú Qìngruì; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Gô͘ Khèng-sūi; 6 October 1918 – 14 May 2010) was the second Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore between 1973 and 1984, and a Member of Parliament for the Kreta Ayer constituency for a quarter of a century.

Goh died in the early morning of 14 May 2010 at the age of 91. His body lay in state at Parliament House from 20 to 22 May. A state funeral was held on 23 May 2010 at the Singapore Conference Hall. After the ceremony, a private ceremony for family members was held at the Mandai Crematorium. As a mark of respect, the State flag was flown at half-mast from all Government buildings between 20 and 23 May.

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