Tan Kin Lian for President: PAP getting a fit?

It seems to me the PAP, which has ruled Singapore without a break since 1959, has just experienced a nightmare of the worst kind with its massive defeat in Aljunied GRC.

The GRC monster, which the PAP created to maintain its iron grip on power, is poised to consume its creator with more GRCs predicted to be captured by the opposition in the next General Election in 2016.

And now another monster, again of the PAP’s creation, is set to backfire on them as Singaporeans vote for the Elected President, a President that the PAP has always endorsed and  got elected.

But the script this time has been rewritten.

If the former CEO of Income, Tan Kin Lian, enters the fray, and gets elected Singapore will get a truly independent President for the very first time.

Though the post is largely ceremonial, an independent President who is not beholden to the ruling party, still have some discretionary powers to throw the ruling power into a tizzy.

And with Tan Cheng Bock, an outspoken former PAP MP, in the running the ruling party’s misery is further compounded.

The ruling party has to come to terms with change which is the only constant in life. With countries everywhere from China to the Middle East and Africa clamoring for democracy and greater political freedoms, Singapore political leadership can no longer bury their heads in the sand.

It should begin to dismantle the repressive structure it has erected. Resistance is as futile as King Canute’s attempt to control the tides.


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  2. PAP getting a fit?

    They have the required 2/3 to amend the Constitution to truly neuter an un-PAP endorsed EP. In Chinese dynastic histories, eunuchs have been known to wield considerable power behind the thrones. Our EP can even pardon a death row inmate only if so advised by the cabinet and on many other matters the EP can only act if so advised by the Council of Presidential Advisors (appointed by the cabinet, no less!). Ho Ching and LKY will continue to control our SWFs and the EP will still be waiting to get answers on what our reserves are. So, who are we kidding? Slumdog wannabe millionaires?

  3. How is Tan Kin Lian an Independent President?

    He was in the PAP for over 30 years!

    Please kindly see what Tan Cheng Bock has done and what people have benefited from his actions.

    Tan Kin Lian only helped organize the mini-bonds saga and that was it.

  4. Dear blog owner,

    Please help us publicize this Facebook page where people can learn more about Tan Kin Lian and what he can offer as a president!


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