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.