In a media interview with state media Straits Times yesterday (Aug 26), President Tony Tan claimed that the ruling party PAP government is a victim of “fake news” and that he has to go overseas giving explanations in person:
“Sometimes, I have to address the misconception that Singapore is a closed society. It has become more difficult nowadays because of social media and the Internet, where false statements can be circulated widely and do great damage even if they are taken down later. But the key to tackling such fake news is to explain how the Singapore system works.”
The dictator PM Lee Hsien Loong’s puppet president also exaggerated his role in the Europe-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA) claiming that he “assiduously argued” for the FTA in his multiple visits to Europe.
“It’s still in the process of ratification, so when I visit European countries I stress to them the benefits of this FTA for their companies as well as for Singapore and the region, and how it can be a pathfinder eventually for an EU-Asean FTA… The trips, which can last from a few days to more than a week if it includes visiting a neighbouring country as well, are packed with activities, ranging from state dinners and meetings with officials to cultural events and visits to educational institutions. They can be tiring, (and) you have to be alert all the time and find issues relevant to both sides to discuss.”
However, the EU-Sg FTA is currently in limbo stage as the European court ruled that each EU member will need domestic approval in each country before going ahead. Several EU members expressed objection to the FTA because of the lack of democracy and restriction of speech in the Singapore dictatorship.
President Tony Tan will be ending his 6-year-term term next Thursday (Aug 31) and the useless president who has done virtually nothing in his 6 years will likely retire after the lucrative S$1.54 million-a-year Singapore presidency. The puppet President was appointed by dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to give the latter free access to the country’s national reserves and CPF retirement funds.
The next puppet president chosen by the dictator is Halimah Yacob, who resigned from her PAP MP position less than a month ago to contest as an “independent” in the coming election. Dictator PM Lee Hsien Loong sits as the Chairman of GIC, his wife as CEO of Temasek Holdings, and he controls the Monetary Authority of Singapore under his Prime Minister’s Office. The Ministry of Finance is also under his control and the puppet president is always a former PAP member. There has never been a single objection by any of the President – SR Nathan or Tony Tan – whenever Lee Hsien Loong wants to access the use of the CPF funds and national reserves.