Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Dear Mr President, Are You Joking?.

"A busy and fulfilling first year as President" wrote Tessa Wong of Sunday Times of September 2, 2012. "Asked about the highlights of his year in office, Dr Tan named 2 in particular. The most exciting one was cheering the Singapore athletes at the London Olympic Games in London, he said. Another was when he was inducted into the Honourary Senate of the Foundation Lindau NobelPriceWinners Meetings in July"

Bilmey, we pay him millions in salary and these are the highlights of his work for the past year?

I guess he must be kiddin' when 'he said he will do his part in helping the government steer Singapore through these "volatile economic waters", stressing that a strong economy was needed to make sure that the country had the means to help the less fortunate'.

Dear Mr President, if you allowed the PAP government to throw $4billion at IMF without a whimper, I'm sure you can throw some crumbs to the less fortunate in Singapore. Like dude, what gives? Apart from the $4billion to IMF, I'm sure you are aware of the following:

According to Kenneth Jeyaratnam, 'On 04th January 2012 the Ministry of Finance issued a promissory note for US$16.34 million to the International Development Association. . . 

“The Constitution of the Republic of Singapore (1999  revised edition) includes safeguards to protect past reserves of the Government.  One such safeguard, set out in Article 144, requires the President’s concurrence  for the granting of certain loans and guarantees."

Mr President, did you concur? I guess not.

"AGO found that the Ministry of Finance did not comply with Article 144 of the Constitution when it issued a promissory note without obtaining the required President’s concurrence. (sic)”

The Audit clearly pulls the MOF up for breaching the Constitution. It seems the MOF breached the Constitution and gave away our money, blatantly ignoring any requirement for a safeguard." [Link]

Some Singaporeans may be excited by your excitement in watching the Olympics and being inducted into the Honourary Senate of the Foundation Lindau NobelPriceWinners Meetings but most will be more interested in how you are guarding the sovereign wealth of Singapore.

I guess your work is different from that of President Ong Teng Cheong when he was our President. Though he passed on relatively young, he's left a legacy in letting us know that he did right doing what he had to do to protect the assets of Singapore!

Mr President, you must be joking when you spoke to Tessa Wong. Singaporeans would think that the 'highlight' of a president's job would be of 'sterner stuff'! They would be flabbergasted that the highlights of your presidential function seem so trivial.

And some may be angry - like the bloke singing at 4:10 of this video.


In the video below, the Americans sang for President Obama. Would Singaporeans sing the same for you? . . .   What do you think?


For a subtitled version, please visit 'One Term More " 


feedmetothefish

34 Comments:

At September 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

He did not get my vote then.

He is not getting my vote now.

He will not be getting it in future!

 
At September 5, 2012 at 1:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are you expecting from him.

What a joke, that is about him contributing...

 
At September 5, 2012 at 1:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was also excited watching the Olympics at home. No fly first class to London and no get paid for it. And I think it was a high note of my life too.

 
At September 5, 2012 at 1:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

An elitist president from get-go.
That's what they want, that's what they get.

 
At September 5, 2012 at 2:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy is even worse than the last one. Just because he is getting one third less money that the last one does not mean he should do nothing!

The highlight of his one year is he sings, "Got my one million, one million!" on his 1st anniversary.

 
At September 5, 2012 at 3:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

$9 million (6 yrs' pay) to "like" the olympics. and not even the paralympics, but the plain old olympics. that's a lot of $60 haircuts...

 
At September 5, 2012 at 3:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

'This guy is even worse than the last one' unquote

I have no reason to doubt that given his two highlights in one year.

 
At September 5, 2012 at 4:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only one word to describe -"pathetic"

 
At September 5, 2012 at 4:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps "disappointed"

 
At September 5, 2012 at 5:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you no shame?
Being paid so much taxpayers money.
For doing so little.

 
At September 5, 2012 at 6:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fish,
if you recall, this pathetic president was supposedly LKY's preferred choice to be PM rather than Goh CT.

by now i am convinced LKY had wanted a more obedient dog.

 
At September 5, 2012 at 6:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am shocked & speechless to hear such a response (if true)as it sounds like a person on an ego trip.

Anyone elected to office must always stand by the moral principle of "by the people and for the people".

 
At September 5, 2012 at 6:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am shocked & speechless to hear such a response (if true)as it sounds like a person on an ego trip.

Anyone elected to office must always stand by the moral principle of "by the people and for the people".

 
At September 5, 2012 at 7:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the Singapore President Office another sacred cow that cannot be touched or slaughtered?

Is the only way to slaughter this sacred cow by voting Opposition in GE 2016?

 
At September 5, 2012 at 8:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

With million dollars in salary paid by taxpayers,any person's pocket ,for sure,is FULL and FILLING

 
At September 5, 2012 at 8:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tell your kids: being a doctor or pilot or businessman is no good.
Join the gahmen is the best!.. no FT, steady job, got bonus and got career..can even try for president!

or Perm sec also can... lots of money.. never fail one.. always got bonus every year!

 
At September 5, 2012 at 10:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Join the gahmen is the best!"

Really?
Who is your father?
Think anybody can be President meh?

 
At September 5, 2012 at 11:27 PM , Anonymous nizhemoshou said...


Only the daft would believe he would do "sterner stuff". He mus surely know if he talk trivially, it is going to chi kek people and piss them off. The previous prata prez also talked like that. They seem to enjoy taunting people purposefully this way. Their wealth and power mus hve got into their heads that they think that they can talk like this and so what.

 
At September 6, 2012 at 12:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Singaporeans jealous of their President's Pay.
He is collecting much less than when he control GIC.
And what was his performance at GIC?

 
At September 6, 2012 at 9:46 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Asking questions about the reserves is a sensitive thing. Maybe TT is doing that quietly, without publicity? If he ask publicly, it only embarasses the Govt and causes the Govt to be defensive.

If he's not doing so quietly, then maybe TT plans on doing it only towards the end of his Presidency. You know, look like a hero towards the end, while basically sitting it out most of the time.

At least better than some ex-senior civil servants, who ask hard questions only after they retired.

 
At September 6, 2012 at 12:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some Singaporeans just fail to understand that the Sin President is a CEREMONIAL PIECE IN THE CABINET.

 
At September 6, 2012 at 1:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No wonder Li Ao says Sinkies are stupid. Despite 3 better candidates in the last PE, the voted for him. Many had surmised he'll be as useless as Nathan and now he proves us that.
A woman neighbour says she voted for him because he's got experience- more likely experience in tow the line.

 
At September 6, 2012 at 1:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

PAP Joke
---------

Q: How many MIWs does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Two. One to hold the key to the reserves. And the second to call "Daaaddy!"

 
At September 6, 2012 at 3:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Wow! Singaporeans jealous of their President's Pay.
He is collecting much less than when he control GIC.
And what was his performance at GIC?


So extraordinary is their performance that they need to resort to creative accounting at TH and GIC as discovered by Christoper Baldings. 100% world-class performance. Do I need to elaborate it more ?
And this is done while the president is working at GIC ?

What do you think ?

 
At September 6, 2012 at 6:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do I want to die fighting to defend Tony Tan's private property?
While my HDB flat belongs to the government?

Hmmmmm. What do you think?

 
At September 6, 2012 at 9:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

USA Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has travelled a record of more than 100 countries during the last 4 years in office, to promote American interests.

A very difficult job in a very challenging world, YET SHE IS ONLY PAID A FRACTION OF WHAT SINGAPORE'S CEREMONIAL PRESIDENT IS GETTING.

THE PREVIOUS SG PRESIDENT WAS PAID EVEN MORE FOR TWO WHOLE TERMS 12 -YEARS, NOT DOING MUCH BUT TENS OF MILLIONS OF PUBLIC MONIES PAID TO HIM AS SALARIES.

And the Istana is also many times bigger than White House .

What a imprudent way of spending public funds by the govt.

 
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At September 6, 2012 at 11:46 PM , Anonymous Joseph Tan said...

Must be joking right suggesting so many chores for Mr. President to do? Where he can find time to cheer if got to spend so much time in these chores? Be realistic la he also like everyone only have 24hrs a day.

 
At September 7, 2012 at 8:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't ask crony tan to fly here, fly there.
Kia lai, kia kee.
Got no value add.
Just a ceremonial president of a small country.

Hilary Clinton on other hand is the Secretary of State of the most powerful country in the world.
When a world leader meets Hilary Clinton;
Important things can actually get done from the meeting.

 
At September 7, 2012 at 11:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This dud is a real gaji buta President. While smiling and cheerleading our foreign contingent at the Olympics, the MOF is playing monkey behind his back! Might as well throw the key to our reserves away.

 
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At September 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally agree with your neighbour he is more experience............. At doing nothing.

 
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