Maybe this article will fuel more thoughts on DPM Tan being one of the candidates for presidency. However, this article will also suggest that since he is stepping down as a Minister, would he continue as an MP or retire as a MP. Likely, if he is not going to president, he will stay on until the next elections then retire.
If he is running for presidency, which I think he will, GE should be the next year, just before after the budget debates (February 2006). It is quite pointless or troublesome to have three elections within two years, if they decide to have by-elections instead of an earlier GE.
So, I’m placing my bets on DPM Tan and Perm Sec Lim Siong Guan to be the candidates for presidential elections.
Friday, 1 July 2005
Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan plans to step down around the end of August, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
He revealed this to Singapore reporters in New Delhi during a wrap-up of his three-day state visit to India.
Dr Tan, 65, will retire after he completes his work as head of a Ministerial Committee on Research and Development (R&D), said Mr Lee. The group, formed last year, is scheduled to produce recommendations this month on how Singapore can advance its R&D efforts.
While Dr Tan's successor as DPM is clear — Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng will step in — there is still speculation on what Dr Tan will do once he retires. Will he run for President?
"You must ask him (Dr Tan)," said Mr Lee, when asked if this was a possibility. Dr Tan, meanwhile, was at a dinner at the Istana last night, where the National
University of Singapore (NUS) awarded him its inaugural Eminent Alumni Award, in a tribute to his role as "Singapore's architect of university education".
For 25 years, Dr Tan has overseen the university education sector here, first as the Vice Chancellor of NUS and later in his ministerial roles.
President S R Nathan's six-year term ends on Aug 31 and, of course, there is every chance that he could run again.
The Prime Minister also touched on whether he is concerned about the health of Singapore's economy, given the nation's economic showing in recent months: "It's a bit slower than last year but I don't believe, as of now, we have reason to be worried. The US economy (and that of China) are still growing steadily," he said.
Mr Lee added that oil prices, which remain high, are a worry, but, "What to do? We're an oil consumer and it's something that affects all countries."
Christie Loh in New Delhi