Tan Jee Say: I Am (Tan) No.4

I admit I'm running out of idea of choosing the title of my posts. This particular one is kinda recycling of this one, "Presidential Racer Mohammed Raffi: "I Am No 4"."

Actually I'm so tempted to use the title, "Tan Jee Say: And Then There Were 4 Tans". (Yeah, a homage to this post, "And Then There Were None". However, it may sound too negative & hey, if one of the Tans ends up as the President, it may not do good for the anonymous community of bloggers here in Singapore. Hur hur.)

What can I say? Honestly, all the best to the Tans and as a matter of fact, to all the Presidential hopefuls. Fight a good fight & make use of such an announcement of yet another Presidential candidate to further promote your cause. Just like what Mr Tan Kin Lian did. Well played, Sir. Well played!

Opposition party member Tan Jee Say said on Friday he is stepping forward to contest the Presidential Election.

The 57-year-old resigned from the Singapore Democratic Party on Thursday evening.

Mr Tan collected forms for the Certificate of Eligibility from the Elections Department on Friday morning.

He said that he has been thinking of running for president for the past several weeks but only decided to do so last night.

Mr Tan said he decided to contest because many Singaporeans want a non-People's Action Party (PAP) President whose independence of the PAP is clear, obvious and cannot be in doubt.

But he added that it is not his intention to oppose every Government policy.

He said only such a person can have the moral authority to fulfil the mission of Elected President which is to provide checks and balances on the PAP government.

He said he is aware of the constitutional limitations of the office of President, but added that the office of President is what the President makes it out to be.

"He can be as quiet and inactive as he chooses to be. Or he can be active. I want to be an active President, engaging the nation on issues of conscience and promoting worthy causes."

As for fulfilling the eligibility criteria, Mr Tan said he was chief executive officer with the title of regional managing director of John Govett (Asia) and its successor company AIB Govett (Asia) from February 1, 1997 to March 6, 2001.

The company was a Singapore company incorporated under the Companies Act. The asset management company operated under an Investment Adviser's licence granted by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

Mr Tan said the company did not have a paid-up capital of S$100 million, as it was not required to do so by the MAS.

However, the firm managed total assets in excess of S$100 million which would make it equivalent to managing a company with a paid-up capital of S$100 million, he added.

In managing the country's reserves, Mr Tan said that if elected, he would be prepared to use the second key if more money is needed to invest in Singaporeans.

Former PAP MP Dr Tan Cheng Bock said he will submit his Certificate of Eligibility application next week with friends and supporters.

He said this on his Facebook page on Friday.

From Channel NewsAsia, "Tan Jee Say to contest Presidential Election".

Friday, July 15, 2011
Tan Jee Say's participation in the Presidential Election

Here is my statement.

I like to wish Tan Jee Say all the best in getting the Certificate of Eligibility and in contesting the Presidential Election. With more candidates entering the contest, the voters of Singapore will have a wider choice of selecting the next President of Singapore. A larger pool of candidates should help to make more citizens aware of the importance of this position and educate more people on the need to make a wise choice.

I will not change my campaign, as set out in my campaign website: www.tkl2011.com.

I offer to the voters to serve the country in the following areas:

-Be a voice of the people to carry their views, concerns and aspirations to the Government.

-Be independent of the PAP government but to work with the government to find solutions that are best for the people.

-Apply my knowledge and expertise to safeguard their CPF savings and the reserves of Singapore.

I also pledge to donate at least half of the President's salary towards charity and other causes. See http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=161923467213647 for more details.

From Asiaone, "Tan Kin Lian's statement to the press".

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