Thursday, 31 August 2017

President Tony Tan reflects on his six years at the Istana

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President Tony Tan's last day in office (Howard Law: Photo 12)

"Singapore has benefitted greatly from your calm and dignified presence, wealth of knowledge, and steady judgment": PM Lee pays tribute to Dr Tan.

Full story: https://cna.asia/2elv5fm

(📷: Howard Law)

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President Tony Tan ‘worked tirelessly’ to fulfil responsibilities: PM Lee
President Tony Tan 'worked tirelessly' at 03:06 - 05:27

He was a President who “worked tirelessly” to fulfil his responsibilities – bringing Singaporeans closer together, being the custodian of Singapore’s reserves, upholding the integrity of the public service & enhancing relations with other countries.

That was how Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong summed up Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam’s term as Singapore’s 7th President, which ended on Thursday (Aug 31).

Speaking at a farewell reception, PM Lee recalled how Dr Tan took office after a “hard-fought” election.

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PM Lee pays tribute to President Tony Tan: A ‘relationship based on mutual trust and respect’
1 of 3 President Tony Tan Keng Yam, with his wife Mary, getting a round of applause from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong & his wife, Mrs Lee, as well as other guests who attended his farewell reception at the Istana yesterday. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

In his 6 years as president, Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam was a "prudent and conscientious custodian" who made sure Singapore's past reserves were well guarded & its key public offices held by suitable, qualified people.

This was helped by the warm ties between the head of state and the Government, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong last night.

"We were able to operate these presidential safeguards effectively & smoothly, because your office and the Government have had a close and constructive working relationship, based on mutual trust and respect," he said at a farewell reception for Dr Tan at the Istana.

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'It's been hard work but ... very rewarding'
MCI photo by Kenji Soon
As end of his presidency nears, Dr Tan stresses the need to further strengthen social bonds

President Tony Tan Keng Yam leaves office this Thursday as the head of state who preceded the biggest change to the elected presidency in its 26 years.

The move to entrench multiracialism in the highest office in the land, by ensuring members of the country's main races occupy it periodically, is a change he fully supports.

He believes it will stand the nation in good stead and further fortify the social fabric at a time when the terror threat to Singapore is at its highest.

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Dr Tony Tan added 5 new photos to the album Staff Appreciation Dinner 23 August at 21:02

My wife and I were happy to host a dinner to show our appreciation for our staff who have supported us throughout my tenure as President. The role of a President is multi-faceted. I am heartened that in my six years in the office, I had the strong support of a team of dedicated staff.

At last evening’s event, my wife and I took the opportunity to thank my staff for their attention to detail, effort and sacrifices in helping me discharge my duties effectively and put Singapore in a positive light both at home and abroad.

Thank you for playing your part in nation building.

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TONY TAN: SCHOOLING'S OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL A HIGHLIGHT OF MY PRESIDENCY

A Straits Times video featuring an interview with President Tony Tan to mark the end of his presidency has gone viral, but for the wrong reasons.

According to the video, President Tan listed Joseph Schooling's Olympic Gold Medal as one of the highlights of his presidential term.

However, this prompted netizens to flame him for trying to connect Schooling's gold medal with himself.

It had been reported that Schooling's gold medal had little to do with the support of Singapore Sports bodies and more to do with Schooling's unyielding determination to train and best himself.

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President Tony Tan roasted for calling Schooling’s Olympic win “highlight of my presidency”

The Straits Times has been doing a few articles chronicling the presidency of Dr Tony Tan. One of their videos on this series was captioned, “Witnessing Singapore’s first Olympic gold win was one of the highlights of my presidency,” in which President Tony Tan reflected on his six years at the Istana. Some netizens comments on the Facebook post of the video were nothing short of hilarious.

The following are the comments with the most number of likes in that post.

  • Kent Ong: “Apart from watching it to happen, what have you done to make it happen?”
  • Antony Lee: “Thousands and thousands were watching the event too, but not watching it “live” as you did. If that was ever one of your highlights in your capacity as a president, your failed terribly as one. One would expect you to do much more, as one would have “voted” for you not for traveling and watching sporting events, but to check and oppose governmental issues, and make significant contributions to the people of this country. Am I alone?”
  • Iain Wong: “Shouldn’t it be” Winning Singapore’s first Olympic gold win was one of the highlights of my life”? And that should be said by someone else. If your highlight is based on someone else’s achievement, something is wrong.”
  • Gakki Kutsu: “The best dream retirement job in the universe. Paid more than US president and do almost nothing at all….and yet talking about achievement.(others)”
  • Bob Koh: “To me, Schooling’s own family did everything themselves, money, time, effort. It is embarrassing for ‘them’ to even mention the Olympics gold medal because all ‘they’ are doing is trying to claim credit. Just leave quietly.”
  • Xlent Low: “Dear President, Witnessing something which you have no part in contributing to should not be a highlight of your presidency. Highlight should be something which you have contributed to, especially towards our nation, our people. If witnessing our first Olympic gold is your highlight, then in my honest opinion that incompetency is the only word to describe.”

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NETIZENS FLAMED TONY TAN FOR TRYING TO ASSOCIATE HIS PRESIDENCY WITH SCHOOLING’S GOLD MEDAL

One Bob Koh wrote: ““To me, Schooling’s own family did everything themselves, money, time, effort. It is embarrassing for ‘them’ to even mention the Olympics gold medal because all ‘they’ are doing is trying to claim credit. Just leave quietly.”

Another netizen wrote: “Dear President, Witnessing something which you have no part in contributing to should not be a highlight of your presidency. Highlight should be something which you have contributed to, especially towards our nation, our people. If witnessing our first Olympic gold is your highlight, then in my honest opinion that incompetency is the only word to describe.”

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