The political atmosphere in Singapore is palpable, with three candidates stepping forward to contend for the nation’s ninth elected president.
Former GIC investment chief, Mr Ng Kok Song, 75, former People’s Action Party senior minister, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, 66, and former NTUC Income chief, Mr Tan Kin Lian, 75, successfully filed their nomination papers on Tuesday before the noon deadline.
This was announced by the Returning Officer, Mr Tan Meng Dui, at the nomination centre located in the People’s Association headquarters in Jalan Besar.
Subsequent to the nomination, Mr Tharman delivered an impactful two-minute speech, where he emphasized a campaign deeply rooted in dignity, experience, and a sustained commitment to carving a more equitable Singapore.
In his address, Mr Tharman set forth his vision for the nation’s challenging days ahead, articulating, “Rather than novel positions, I run on a lifelong commitment to fostering a fairer, more compassionate, and inclusive Singapore. This dedication is what I believe makes our nation unique.”
Opening his speech in the four official languages of Singapore, he contemplated the uncertainties that lie ahead and spotlighted his extensive national and international experience.
He stated, “Given the challenging path ahead, I’ve chosen to leverage my decades of experience in service to Singapore and its people.”
With profound earnestness, he concluded, “As president, I vow to serve Singaporeans with all my heart in the forthcoming times.”
Mr Tharman’s supporters donned maroon-coloured clothing and carried pineapples, symbolizing their support for the candidate, whose official emblem in this presidential election is a pineapple. He was accompanied by his wife, Jane Yumiko Ittogi at the nomination centre.
The three officially recognized candidates are now set to launch their dynamic campaigns, all leading up to the decisive polling day on 1 September, which has been declared a public holiday.