28 Aug '11, 1pm

(CNA|sg) Tony Tan can "stand above politics"

SINGAPORE: Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said Singapore now has a president who will be able to stand above politics which is what the country needs after the General Election in May. "As our parliamentary politics has become more pluralistic in its nature, the General Election, the discussions surrounding the General Election, and even the composition of Parliament is getting more pluralistic," Mr Tharman said. "That's a longer-term trend in our society. So, as our politics becomes more pluralistic, it's all the more critical that we need a president who stands above politics." Mr Tharman said this to reporters on Sunday on the sidelines of Onam celebrations at Jurong Lake - a harvest festival in the Malayalee community. Mr Tharman said Dr Tony Tan is eminently suited for the job, not just because of his economic and financial knowledge but that he knows wh...

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