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Tan Kin Lian to donate half of salary to charity if electedPresidential hopeful Tan Kin Lian believes that the Singapore presidency is a public service, and wants to use his salary to help more of society. -RazorTV
Fri, Jul 08, 2011
Presidential hopeful Tan Kin Lian, 63, believes that the Singapore presidency is a public service, and wants to use his salary to help more of society.
"I do not need to receive a large salary," he said. "I will pledge that i will donate at least 50 per cent of the salary to charity and other worthy causes."
At a news conference held yesterday (July 7), he reiterated his motivation to run for president.
He said: "Many people have told me they want a president who can be the voice of the people and also to be independent of the PAP government, and to safeguard their CPF savings and the national reserves.
"I am independent of the PAP government. I am not associated with the past policies of the PAP... If I have the chance to be the president, I will be able to bring alternate views. I believe these will be useful to find solutions that will be best for the people."
He also cites his experience in heading NTUC Income as a strong factor for being able to manage CPF savings and the national reserves.
"I have the financial knowledge and the experience to bring to the office. I have nurtured a life insurance company for 30 years looking after the savings of over one million policy holders, managing assets of $17 billion."
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