Remember this person called Andrew Kuan. He was a unknown Singaporean until the day he decided to run for president. Within a few days, his former employers had plenty of things to say about him. His former company JTC (which is linked to the government) even gave a press conference to give an account of his performance or rather lack of performance....nevermind staff confidentiality, national interests come first. It was all very humiliating for Andrew and he didn't even get to run because the selection committee concluded that his work experience did not meet the criteria required to run for president.
In an interview im today's Sunday Times, Tan Kin Lian's said he will run for presidency if there is enough support from the gound i.e. if the people want him to, he will do it. This must have triggered many alarm bells in the regime. The PAP govt would really love to keep President Nathan in the post for another 10 years. Unfortunately, President Nathan is already 84 years old. For the PAP, President Nathan's performance is excellent compared with the previous President Ong Teng Cheong. Unlike Nathan, Ong Teng Cheong took his job too seriously. He tried to do the impossible - check the govt's accounts with a staff of two people. His former PAP associates tried their best to help him to enjoy his job by not burdening him with too much information....a president's job is to smile, carry babies and host parties at the Istana. President Nathan does his job well. That is why the PAP is looking for another Nathan....not another Ong Teng Cheong.
Given his behavior in the minibonds saga, I'm afraid that Tan Kin Lian will be worse than Ong Teng Cheong. He looks like one person who will treat the issues of justice, accountability and transparency very seriously. If he does that how will he find time to carry babies and go for morning exercise like President Nathan at the East Coast Park. If he asks the PAP govt for more accountability and transparency, the PAP govt will want to get paid even more. They will hike their pay again saying their jobs are now more challenging because they have to be accountable. The other major problem with Tan Kin Lian is he stands up for the ordinary people of Singapore and he listens to them. For the PAP, a good president is one that listens to the PAP so that a consistent picture is painted for Singaporeans. See, if everyone consistently tell those who lost in money the Lehman Minibonds saga, they would have accepted it and suffered in pain quietly....all the PAP leaders kept quiet, it would have worked if not for Tan Kin Lian. Now the banks have to spend money to compensate at least the old and uneducated, this is not ideal for the PAP govt ...PAP is a caring govt who cares about the profits of our banks.
I expect the PAP to now start mining for information on Mr. Tan. Does he smoke? I heard he takes the MRT, maybe someone saw him not giving a seat to the old....? Did he make any careless mistakes in one of his 2000 transport claims in NTUC? Gee....the guy is not perfect.....there has to be something. Don't worry knowing the PAP there are people assigned to the task already. The PAP is thinking about Singaporeans, they want the Presidential elections to be a national holiiday for Singaporeans - if there is only one candidate, we can all spend the whole day shopping and give this sick economy a boost.