Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Tony Tan

THE possibility has emerged that former deputy prime minister Tony Tan might be a candidate in the upcoming presidential election.
Although he has not said anything to the effect that he would run, his answer to a question at a media briefing yesterday has raised the slightest of hints that he has not ruled it out.
Asked by a reporter about speculation that he might be a candidate, the deputy chairman and executive director of the Government of Singapore Investment Corp (GIC) had this to say: 'Like all Singaporeans, I am watching the political climate closely.
'It is clear that the next president of Singapore will hold office during a period of enormous change. In such times, my view is that it is more important than ever to have a president with a steady hand and a deep understanding of the complexities behind each decision the president may have to make.'
He declined to elaborate, saying: 'That is all I am going to say about the elected presidency.'
He spoke at a media briefing at GIC's offices in Capital Tower, where the state investment company announced changes in its management line-up.