Friday, September 8, 2017

Tan Chuan-Jin has 6km farewell run with staff

Source Website: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/tan-chuan-jin-has-6km-farewell-run-staff
By The New Paper, 08 September 2017 at 06:00 am


Mr Tan Chuan-Jin at the run at MacRitchie Reservoir yesterday.
PHOTO: Mr Tan Chuan-Jin at the run at MacRitchie Reservoir yesterday.
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Posted by The New Paper, 08 September 2017 at 06:00 am

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Outgoing Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin received an exuberant and unusual farewell yesterday.

About 150 employees of his ministry, the National Council of Social Service and SG Enable joined him for a warm-up session before he led some of them on a 6km run at MacRitchie Reservoir.

Mr Tan, 48, is set to take up the role of Speaker of Parliament next week.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong nominated him to be Singapore's 10th Speaker, which requires him to step down from the Cabinet.

Netizens, surprised by the nomination of a core member of the fourth-generation political leadership as Speaker, had seized on Mr Tan's Facebook for clues on its significance.

In one of the posts, he said: "May God continue to grant me wisdom, courage and love in all that I do. However inadequate as I may be, I hope that I can fight the good fight, finish the race and keep the faith." (2 Timothy 4:7)

On Wednesday evening, he urged people not to read too much into it, saying he noticed "some doing serious practical criticism of every word and punctuation... It's an affirmation of what I believe and cherish, as best as I can manage.

"I've shared these sentiments before so relax... no need to over-interpret LOL," he added, using the acronym for "laughing out loud".



Madam Halimah Yacob, who was Speaker of Parliament, with Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, who accepted the Prime Minister's nomination to the post.
PHOTO: Madam Halimah Yacob, who was Speaker of Parliament, with Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, who accepted the Prime Minister's nomination to the post.
Tan Chuan-Jin was glad to accept Mr Lee's nomination and hoped fellow MPs would support it. He said: "Good ideas can come from both sides of the House, as does good intent. In fact, they abound throughout the length and breadth of our society. Our duty must be to harness these for the common good."
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By The New Paper, 08 September 2017 at 06:00 am



Reference
[1] The Straits Times, Tan Chuan-Jin has 6km farewell run with staff, posted on 08 September 2017 at 06:00 am, http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/tan-chuan-jin-has-6km-farewell-run-staff

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