Tag: Tharman Shanmugaratnam

Tharman quoted Elvis at G30 Banking Seminar to focus on urgency and action

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, the first Asian chairman of the G20 Eminent Persons Group (EPG) on Global Financial Governance, recently quoted singer Elvis Presley at the close of a Group of 30 International Banking Seminar on Oct. 14. Moreover, he referred to the singer...

Malaysia’s very first female Deputy Prime Minister – Local counterparts congratulate her

Obbana Rajah In the recent elections, Malaysia saw its first female Deputy Prime Minister, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. She was appointed as by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Saturday, three days after the country's general election. Surprisingly, the 66-year old Dr Wan was born in Singapore,...

CNY thought: PM Tharman, Opposition Leader Pritam and President Halimah

  Two major but still not quite primary political leaders are in the news right now. Will the pair be heading the teams on both sides of Parliament soon? Will Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat be leading the People’s Action Party opposite Pritam Singh (Workers...

The curious case of a politician who is so wildly popular

By Augustine Low Tharman Shanmugaratnam is a one-of-a-kind politician. He has more ardent fans than any other. Netizens have long clamoured for him to be Prime Minister. Even critics of the PAP have heaped praise on him. Yet Tharman never sought adulation. On the contrary he...

Extremism defeated, but battle far from over: Tharman on French elections result

The result of the French elections on Sunday show that while extremism has been defeated, “the battle is far from over”, said Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam. 39-year old Emmanuel Macron, the pro-EU centrist, beat the 48-year old far-right Front National leader, Marine Le...

Boy who exposed- and fought- the education monster

He is Singapore’s role model. He is the boy who fought his way from Normal (Technical) Stream to a place at the National University of Singapore (NUS). David Hoe, 26, has already been featured in two newspapers. My Paper in 2012 and The Sunday Times,...

We need more self-determination at workplace

I came across a piece of good news in The Straits Times on March 17- the possibility of working from home. And then I felt crushed immediately when the article said only one out of five employers were sold on the idea. Why is this...

Tharman’s test as a politician

By Augustine Low Tharman Shanmugaratnam has been in the news this past week. He was singled out by Tan Cheng Bock as an exception to the rule in the current leadership – “he’s got the charisma to convince me that I want to go along...

Singapore’s world-class finance man

By Tan Bah Bah Our congratulations to Tharman Shanmugaratnam, the first Singapore politician to have won world recognition for his leadership as an outstanding finance minister and contributions to international finance. He has just accepted an invitation to head the International Monetary Fund’s steering committee...