Outgoing Singapore President Tony Tan declared in Parliament today (Nov 7) that future Singapore Presidents, even if elected, must not oppose the Government of the day.
“He or she cannot be a second centre of power. There is a need to distinguish between the President’s role as a custodian, and the President acting in opposition to the Government. Drawing from his time as President.”
The yes-man president used himself as an exemplary saying that future presidents should follow his example:
“My working relationship with the Government has been harmonious and built on mutual trust and respect.”
President Tony Tan then proclaimed his blind trust in the ruling party PAP government:
“The Government keeps me informed of all its major decisions. On a regular basis, the Prime Minister and I meet over lunch and on other occasions, for him to brief me on his preoccupations and intentions, and to exchange views on the strategic direction in which Singapore is heading… Decisions have been well considered for the long term good of Singapore.”
The President ended his speech fully supporting the new election changes proposed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, including reserving the next election for only the Malay race.
“I am therefore of the view that the Government’s acceptance of the Commission’s recommendations is in the right direction.”
President Tony Tan was a puppet ruling-party candidate appointed by dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, but he almost lost the election by 0.35% to another non-PAP-endorsed candidate Tan Cheng Bock.
President Tony Tan is also known as a “jiak liao bee” (literal translation: eat finish rice) – a local hokkian dialect term for useless – President, like his predecessor SR Nathan. The current President doesn’t know how much are there in the national reserves he is guarding and has never voice out in concern for Singaporeans.
Unlike SR Nathan, President Tony Tan will not go for a second term because Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has no confidence he can win the next election. The next Presidential election has been fixed and the Constitution has been re-written to ban former presidential candidate Dr Tan Cheng Bock from contesting.