I am not into politics but recognize those two names. They are the old guards, GKS being the same generation as LKY and Ong Teng Cheong the next. OTC had specifically requested for a private affair and his kids carried out his wishes. It has been said that a state funeral is not in keeping with Goh Keng Swee's persona either and his family has to be persuaded to do this. He is a very private and humble person, preferring to do his good work behind the scene while LKY does the talking. LKY is a lawyer
. He did not even want a biograhy written about him. Some people just like to be left alone. It is not an uncommon sentiment. They don't enjoy being the center of attention.
GKS is the brainchild behind programs like Central Providen Fund, National Service, Economic Development Board and student streaming in schools.
Dr Goh isn't suited for politics because his oratorical skills puts ppl off unlike LKY (ppl prefer to read what he speak then listen to him speak)and Dr Goh don't like to hug babies or shake hands due to his reserved,shy nature as described in his biography by his daughter-in-law.
Goh's second wife issued a statement claiming that Goh had not been consulted on the book and had indicated to her that he did not want any book to be written about him. "Therefore, the publication of this book is contrary to his wishes, and is a show of disregard and utmost disrespect to him."