Tharman Shanmugaratnam announces that he will be running for President

Tharman Shanmugaratnam

With the recent news announced by President of Singapore, Halimah Yaacob – that she won’t be running for presidency this year – there have been speculations about who will be the next President of Singapore

Resounding support from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong 

The Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong has also responded, thanking Tharman for his distinguished service to Singapore for the past 40 years, and that he wishes him every success in embarking on this new journey. 

Workers at the heart of everything he does

SM Tharman spent nearly 10 years as an advisor to the unions and has been serving as chairman of the Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute (OTCi) Board of Governors since 2002, overseeing a doubling in training places. He was also behind several national schemes to support workers, such as the following:

He also oversaw the development of tripartite committees to develop skills-based career progression across more than 20 sectors and other efforts in industry transformation plans.

As such, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) has also come out to support Tharman’s decision to run for the presidency. Secretary-General Ng Chee Meng released a Facebook statement to reaffirm NTUC’s support.

Brother Tharman is a longtime friend of NTUC and our union leaders. His incredible vision and wisdom, coupled with a certain unassuming sense of warmth and humility, has benefitted union leaders and workers far and wide in the past few decades.

Minister Tharman has held many positions in cabinet throughout his political career and has served the country well. We trust that he will continue to do right by Singaporeans, and we wish him all the best in his campaigning!


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