Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Teo Chee Hean and Tony Tan - Related?

Over the weekend, DPM Teo Chee Hean made the following hard hitting statements about the Elected President.

The statements appear again to target Mr Tan Kin Lian who is running on the platform of a People’s President who will speak up for ALL Singaporeans.

The statements by themselves are not very spectacular coming from a senior PAP leader. I however found it uncomfortable that DPM Teo chose to make the statements. This is because of his family’s relationship with one of the potential Presidential candidates Dr Tony Tan.

To understand the relationship, it is useful to look at the following article published by Sunday Times in January 22 2006.

The article is about Mr Tan Chin Tuan, one of the banking pioneers who founded OCBC. In the article, then Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean pays tribute to Mr Tan’s achievements. In the article Minister Teo says

‘I remember him because he was very kind to my father (Teo Cheng Guan). After the war, he gave my father a job at OCBC and my father worked with him for many years. He was always very kind to our family,’ he added.

If you do a Google Search, you will find that DPM Teo was being modest when he said Mr Tan was kind to his family. His father Teo Cheng Guan rose all the way to the top and was Chairman of OCBC from 1989 to 1991.

In the article, it is also revealed that Dr Tony Tan is the nephew of Mr Tan Chin Tuan. After leaving Cabinet in 1991, Dr Tan returned to OCBC. He took over from DPM Teo’s father and served as Chairman of OCBC from 1992 to 1995.

Given his position as Deputy Prime Minister and his family’s relationship with Dr Tony Tan, it seems inappropriate for DPM Teo to make comments which appear to try and influence the way Singaporeans would vote for their President.

courtesy of TRE.


  1. cronyism and nepotism at its BEST. Whenever I see his FKCU face in the news I want to phew. Singaporean don’t like his attitude as he live in his own world. I want to cry when I think of the state of SG now…… SO SAD…. with people like these in the gahmen. No heart for the people, care about money only. Just plain disgusting. I was wondering what is it like to read all these about himself. How does it feel to be CURSE every minute of his life from now. Bad Luck will come soon.

  2. I don’t know their relationship. They have so many inter-links anyway.

    All I know is these elites all belong to ONE BIG FAMILY with the same agenda: “You scratch my back, I scratch yours.”

  3. PAP stewards need to understand that given the current sentiments against the ruling party, it is of no advantage to the candidate if he’s seemed to be PAP preferred choice.
    Candidates who want to be on the side of the people must stay as far away from the PAP regime as possible.
    Otherwise, he stands to lose at least 40% of the votes.
    Conversely, the more critism a candiate gets from PAP ministers, the likely stronger he will receive from singaporeans.
    The playing field is slightly levelled with singaporeans now in the big picture.

  4. And they said they need millions to get top talents, at the end of the day nepotism and cronism rules. Just big wayang, if were to digs the PAPs mafia, alot of dirts will be known.Only the CIA knows their internal secrets or ISD. When oppositions make mistakes, they wacked all the way, welcome to n,korea. From clerk to chairman, what qualifications he had? Daft 60.1

  5. And not forgetting, in mere 2 years!

    And of coz, with strong inter-links, breeds a very strong groupthink within the party.. =(