28 Aug '11, 11am

PE: Tony Tan lists urgent tasks

PE: Tony Tan lists urgent tasks

SINGAPORE: Singapore's President-elect Tony Tan has said that the most "urgent" task is to reach out to all Singaporeans. Dr Tan emphasised that the president works for all Singaporeans and he will not be an "ivory tower President", just as President S R Nathan was not. Dr Tan said this at a press conference on Sunday afternoon, just hours after being elected. When asked his thoughts about the tight race and his winning margin of just 0.34 percentage points over his closest rival Dr Tan Cheng Bock, Dr Tony Tan said his results were "decisive" in Singapore's first past-the-post system. "We should look forward to see what we can do rather than look backwards as to the narrow victory, the votes for the other candidates and for myself," Dr Tan said. "I anticipate that this will be a subject for much commentary and analysis by political commentators and pundits in the coming da...

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