29 Aug '11, 4am

Our reader says #SGpresident election results prove conclusively that, despite our political angst, S'poreans are mature.

FINALLY, we have a new president after 10 days of election hustings ('Tony Tan is president'; yesterday). More if we consider the excitement about who was qualified for the job. My congratulations to Dr Tony Tan. As a long-time resident and newly minted citizen, I found that Saturday's presidential election proved conclusively that, despite our political angst, Singaporeans are mature. We can distinguish between rhetoric and quality. We judged each of the four candidates substantively. So, the Government should breathe easy and not stress about a freak result. Singaporeans have proven this time and time again. And judging from the way Singa-poreans voted, I suggest that the current qualifying criteria for president be loosened - for instance, the requirement that an aspirant be a chief executive officer or hold equivalent office of a large corporation with paid-up capital ...

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