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An Open Letter to the President of Singapore

1st June 2012

His Excellency Tony Tan Keng Yam 

Office of the President of the Republic of Singapore
Orchard Road, Singapore 238823

Dear President,

Firstly I would like to thank you for your gracious response to our invitation to the JBJ Memorial event last year, even though you were unable to attend due to a prior engagement.

On 29th May I wrote to the Finance Minister asking whether Parliamentary approval had been obtained for our republic’s recent loan commitment of S$5 billion to the IMF. I asked also whether Presidential approval had been obtained as would appear to be required under Article 144(1) of our Constitution. I enclose a copy of my letter to the Finance Minister for your reference.

As I have not received a reply from the Finance Minister I am writing to you to ask whether you would kindly enlighten me as to whether Presidential approval was ever sought or given for this loan commitment.

Yours faithfully,

 

Kenneth Jeyaretnam

Secretary General