LOCAL AND GLOBAL ROLE
As head of state, Mr Tharman has an important symbolic role – to “strengthen our unity and cohesion as one nation”, said Mr Lee on Thursday.
The government shares Mr Tharman’s “declared goal” to build a more inclusive society where everyone is valued for who they are, and every Singaporean has a place, he added.
Noting that Mr Tharman, a former sportsman, has spoken about his passion for sports and the arts, Mr Lee said “we look forward to your support in these areas, which will help to make us a rich and rounded society”.
He also touched on the President’s custodial responsibilities, such as holding the “second key” to the nation’s reserves.
“Given your wealth of experience in economic and financial matters, and your familiarity with how the system of the second key works, I have every confidence in your ability to fulfil this important duty,” Mr Lee said.
Beyond domestic duties, Mr Tharman will be Singapore’s top diplomat, added Mr Lee.
He noted that Mr Tharman was “very familiar” with this role, “having participated actively in international discussions on economic and monetary issues, and having held high-level appointments in international organisations and blue-ribbon advisory panels”.
“The government will work closely with you and support you to make the most of your experience and personal standing, in order to advance Singapore’s interests and enhance our status in the world,” he said.