Tag Archives: President

Call to Abolish the Elected Presidency

I have no quarrels with MP Denise Phua’s bold and unprecedented call to abolish the Elected Presidency. For such a speech to be delivered in Parliament reflects the stirring of the return of democracy and freedom of speech to our land. That the new Whip did not interrupt her speech or call her to order is also another good sign.

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President Tony Tan promises to build a better future for all Singaporeans

President Tony Tan Keng Yam has pledged to work with all Singaporeans to address their concerns and aspirations, and build a better future, in his speech at the re-opening of Parliament after its traditional mid-term break. He also laid out six broad goals for the Singapore government: strengthening safety nets, enhancing retirement adequacy, supporting families and communities, creating a better quality life for Singaporeans and opportunities for adults to have a fulfilling career, and enabling young Singaporeans to fulfil their potential.

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You can refresh your memory by reading the Hansard. For Devan Nair, the sitting on 31.8.1985; for Puan Noor Aishah, the sitting on 30.12.1970. Note that the Civil List And Pension Act was amended to specifically allow for a pension to widows of Presidents as President Yusof died in November 1970. For the removal of pensions for President and their widows, read Teo Chee Hean’s speech in Parliament on 10.9.2012. To answer your question about Sheares and Nathan, Teo has stated that ” No former President has ever been granted a pension by the State.”

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