Leong at Tony Tan Press Conference – The Presidency

Statements by Tony Tan

I will stand as an independent candidate

President will serve as unifying force for Singaporeans

I do not have backing of any political party. Government did not ask me to stand


Q&A Select

Question: Have you ever in your life been asked or suggested to stand as President?

TT: No


Question: Do you think president should do more than the 5 blocking powers.

TT: This is a complex issue which has to be studied and debated by government


Question: How much money have you lost by resigning from SPH and GIC in terms of average remuneration in a year in sacrifice for the people of Singapore by standing as a Presidential candidate.

TT: I have always viewed public service not as a monetary reward. There is now a ministerial pay review headed by Mr. Gerald Ee.


Closing Remarks

TT: President must be above Politics, to heal the divisions in society etc.

About the Author

Leong Sze Hian has served as the president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), Hotel Mumbai (associate producer), invited to speak more than 200 times in about 40 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of 2 countries. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.