Tributes pour in for President S R Nathan
Sun, Jul 3, 2011
President S R Nathan, who will not be seeking a third term, receives high praise from present and former government …
Following President S R Nathan's announcement that he will not be seeking re-election after his term ends on 31 August, current and former government leaders paid tribute to the President.
They called him a people's President who served Singapore with dignity, care and charm, reported Channel NewsAsia (CNA).
Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan described Mr Nathan as "a very active people's president". As a former social worker, Mr Nathan helped uplift the status of these workers and showed the importance they played in bringing society together, he said.
Mr Nathan also "paid special attention" to integrate the different religious and ethnic groups, added Dr Balakrishnan. "In his sincere way, he reminded all of us of our common humanity and our need to get together and in a sense, he exemplified one crucial role of the President, as a unifying factor for all segments of society."
Dr Balakrishnan said, "He also showed me the true meaning of humility."
"The one point which will always stick with me is his reminder that political office is temporary. It is not something you grasp but it is a responsibility that you temporarily have. You do your best and you do it sincerely and honestly and then you leave quietly. This is a man who has done so much in a quiet and effective way," he noted.
Former Speaker of Parliament Abdullah Tarmugi commended Mr Nathan for his contributions, reported CNA.
"I know him personally and how he really puts in everything in his job. ... He is one President that we can call easily to be Singapore's President. President for all, in that sense. He has contributed a lot and he deserves to rest," he said.
Mr Nathan served with "dignity, with lots of care, charm", said former Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Zainul Abidin Rasheed. "He will be well-remembered, not only by Singaporean's as the people's President but indeed by all those whom he has visited in countries overseas."
Former Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Lim Hwee Hwa echoed Mr Zainul's views.
She said, "President S R Nathan is really a people's man and he's got wonderful love. He is very giving, he has a very special touch for every strata of society. I can't help but notice his special way with people and I think he has in a way shown what a wonderful President is and I wish him all the best."
OK he may be a nice guy but I did tried very hard and google what SR Nathan did for the people of Singapore (Note not for the men in white) and I can only come up with one thing.
He started the President Challenge to challenge the people of Singapore to raise fund for charity.
When S R Nathan announced that he will not be running in the coming President Election, suddenly we see may “tributes” from the men and women in whites and heck they even got a few Ex-men in women in whites giving their 2 cents worth.
Funny that there is no comment from the opposition parties or the ordinary Singaporean on the street. Maybe the media think our comments are worthless.
These people make me sick will they ass kissing.
Also please don’t forget he is paid $4miilons of tax payer's money every year for “his job”.
Did S R Nathan did a good job?
Let me asked you, if the very person he suppose to check on are singing praises for him, what do you think my friend?