Singapore Election 2011

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Tan Jee Say: Gratitude (to govt) is not servitude

Posted by singaporege2011 on April 23, 2011

Wooing the audience during a press conference yesterday, SDP’s star candidate Tan Jee Say spoke eloquently and succinctly about his decision to stand against the PAP in the coming general election and his thoughts about the PAP’s economic policies.

Mr Tan studied at Oxford university on a government scholarship and was the principal private secretary to then Deputy Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong from 1985 to 1991. He is now working as an investor adviser in the private sector.

When asked if he is ‘biting the hand’ which ‘fed’ him by standing against the PAP, Mr Tan replied:

“I have this deep sense of gratitude to the government, to the leaders who have sent me on the government scholarship, but gratitude is not servitude, it is not blind loyalty, it does not mean giving up the sense of what is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is bad. In fact, the best way to show gratitude is to build upon the source of gratitude or to put it back on the right path, if it loses its way.”

He added that he is still friends with PAP ministers George Yeo, Mah Bow Tan and Lim Hng Kiang and do not want to stand against them in their respective constituencies.

Mr Tan said he was disappointed with the PAP government’s decision to build the two integrated casinos and questioned its reluctance to shift Singapore’s economy from manufacturing to high service industries.

Another star candidate of SDP is former SAF colonel and psychiatrist Dr Ang Yong Kuan who sees himself as a sort of ‘catalyst’ in encouraging more Singaporeans to step forward to join politics. 

“I see this as the first wave, paving for more young waves to come, and in five years to come, I hope there will be more talented people coming forward. So I take the move to join the first wave, to create the next wave for the rest to come,” he quipped.

Though it has not been confirmed yet, there is a possibility that Mr Tan and Dr Ang may be fielded in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC together with social psychologist Dr Vincent Wijeysingha which will be the strongest team the opposition has fielded since 1988 when the WP team helmed by Francis Seow and Dr Lee Siew Choh almost won Eunos GRC with 49.7 percent of the valid votes.

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