Istana website hacked: President Tony Tan’s lip service promises Part 1

News that the Istana’s website has been hacked comes as no surprise to many.

The Istana is the official residence of president tony tan, widely known as the quiet president.

Since he’s now in caught in the headlights, which he probably resents as an unwarranted intrusion into a very quiet but highly lucrative life as the highest paid head of state in the world, it prompts one to revisit the promises he made at his swearing-in ceremony in 2011.

1. “The President is our Head of State and has important ceremonial functions. Uniquely, Singapore’s President also exercises vital custodial responsibilities in protecting our financial reserves, and the integrity of our public service”.

What has he done to protect our reserves? When the government made a loan of 4 billion to IMF, he didn’t utter a word.

An opposition leader, Kenneth Jeyaretnam, took the government to court, all the way to the Court of Appeal.

The president even declared ” I will wield this “second key” with utmost care. Our reserves have been painstakingly built up over decades, and should not be compromised.”

Brave words at the time but now it sounds hollow.

2. He even went on to redouble his commitment. “I will play my role to safeguard our reserves, so that they can continue to give us confidence in tough times.”

But not a whimper from him in two years.

3. “I will offer the Prime Minister my confidential advice on Government policies.”

Did he offer any advice on the White Paper on 6.9 million Population?”Has he spoken to PM Lee about the widespread unhappiness over his immigration policy that has led to massive overcrowding and a strain on the infrastructure?

4. ” I will seek to work not only with the Government, but also with civil society and community groups to advance the interests of all Singaporeans, whatever their political persuasions.”

Really? He’d probably keep miles away from civil society.

5. “I will engage with Singaporeans from all ages, walks of life, and all viewpoints, to understand their interests and concerns.”

Perhaps, what he meant was that waving, shaking hands at official functions or watching a football match is seen as engaging with Singaporeans.

Macmillan Dictionary dictionary defines a swearing-in as “a ceremony as someone beginning an important job formally promises to do their duty”.

President Tony Tan would do well to remind himself of his promises.


Has President Tony Tan engaged with the elderly poor yet to understand their “concerns”?

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