Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Presidential Election - George Yeo

Several journalists have asked for my comments on the decision by BG George Yeo not to run for the Presidential election. Here is my reply.

I have high regard for BG George Yeo and believe that he has the qualities to make a good President, if he is elected. I respect his decision not to contest the election and wish him all the best for the future. I hope that BG George Yeo will be available to contest in a future election.


anonymous said...

George Yeo has made the right decision. There is no shame to pull out at this stage.

Mr Tan, the President of Singapore has no centre of power (Prof S Jayakumar), cannot make policies (K Shanmugam) and is tied down by the Constitution (S R Nathan). Even his power over the country's reserves and senior civil service appointments were curtailed in 1990 when a change in the law dictated that Parliament can override a presidential veto on reserves or key public service appointments with a two-thirds majority if the President did not accept the advice of his advisers.

So there is really no benefit for you to continue pursuing this course of action. Please reconsider the decision to run.

You would be better off not running and staying status quo.

michael13 said...

Any citizen who is committed to continue to work and contribute "to make Singapore a home rich in memories and full of hope for the future", I salute them.

I sincerely wish George Yeo all the best in his future endeavours.

Tan Kin Lian said...

Dear Anonymous (3:44 am),
Please send an email to and give me your telephone number. I wish to talk to you.

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