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His Excellency Dr.
Tony Tan
DUTx1, GCB (Hon.)
陈庆炎
7th President of Singapore
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 September 2011
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by S.R. Nathan
Co-ordinating Minister for Security and Defence
In office
1 August 2003 â€“ 1 September 2005
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by S. Jayakumar (National Security)
Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore
In office
1993 â€“ 1 September 2005
Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong
Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by Ong Teng Cheong
Succeeded by Wong Kan Seng
Minister for Defence
In office
1 August 1995 â€“ 1 August 2003
Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong
Preceded by Lee Boon Yang
Succeeded by Teo Chee Hean
Minister for Education
In office
1 January 1985 â€“ 29 December 1991
Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew
Goh Chok Tong
Preceded by Goh Keng Swee
Succeeded by Lee Yock Suan
Minister for Finance
In office
24 October 1983 â€“ 1 January 1985
Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew
Preceded by Lee Kuan Yew
Succeeded by Richard Hu
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for Sembawang GRC (Sembawang)
In office
4 September 1988 â€“ 6 May 2006
Preceded by Himself As(Sembawang SMC)
Succeeded by Khaw Boon Wan
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for Sembawang SMC
In office
11 February 1979 â€“ 3 September 1988
Preceded by Teong Eng Siong
Succeeded by Himself (Sembawang GRC-Sembawang)
Personal details
Born Tony Tan Keng Yam
(1940-02-07) 7 February 1940 (age 76)
Singapore, Straits Settlements
Political party People’s Action Party (1979- 2011)
Independent (2011–present)
Spouse(s) Mary Chee Bee Kiang (徐美娟, 1964–present)
Relations Tan Chin Tuan (uncle)
Children 3 sons
1 daughter
Alma mater National University of Singapore
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Adelaide
Religion Christianity (Anglican)[1]
Website Official website

The stronger ties between primary care providers and the patients they serve will produce better outcomes and allow for more sustainable healthcare spending.
Tony Tan
The French have a very deep knowledge of Islam in many areas, and we can exchange views.
Tony Tan
Whatever initiatives we launch, we must always put the interests of Singaporeans and Singapore first.
Tony Tan
I would be able to provide a different perspective and act independently of the Government in the decisions that have to be made by the President.
Tony Tan
‘Singaporeans first’ is different from saying ‘Singaporeans only.’
Tony Tan
We have developed our own approach towards rehabilitating people, involving psychological rehabilitation, social rehab within families and of our Religious Rehabilitation Group.
Tony Tan
I’m glad that Singaporeans were receptive to my message and have elected me to serve as their president.
Tony Tan
Where patient needs are complex, we should provide greater support in the community so that patients can cut down on trips to the tertiary hospital.
Tony Tan
Every clinical encounter is an opportunity to generate social capital. Even in situations where patient needs are complex or seemingly insurmountable, it is the empathy and goodwill which makes the difference.
Tony Tan
How could I remain a spectator while Singapore faces such complex challenges? How could I not step forward when I know I have more to contribute to the country we all worked to build?
Tony Tan
I will work in partnership with the Government, all political parties, and civil society to safeguard and advance the future of all Singaporeans.
Tony Tan
I think we have a good foundation which Mr. Lee Kuan Yew laid down, but you have to move forward. Now the question is what can Mr. Lee Hsien Loong and his team, and all our younger ministers can do now to build on the foundation which Mr. Lee Kuan Yew has built.
Tony Tan
The growth of markets in the region also provides opportunities for home-grown entities – whether established brand names like DBS, Singtel and Keppel Corporation, or SMEs – to establish and grow their presence in the region.
Tony Tan
I strive to be the best possible president that I can be to work for all of you and to represent out country and all Singaporeans.
Tony Tan
Some of the people involved in ISIS are going to Iraq, and some of our young people are being radicalised through the Internet.
Tony Tan
To ensure that Singaporeans can take advantage of opportunities, the government should continue to monitor carefully the proportion of foreign students in our education institutions to ensure that the proportion matches the present and future needs of the country, and the Singaporeans are the main beneficiaries of our education policy.
Tony Tan
I plan to work my utmost for Singaporeans, whatever be their political affiliation. The presidency is above politics.
Tony Tan
Singapore is a natural gateway for international firms looking to access Asia and for Asian businesses to access the world.
Tony Tan
Through the outreach that I have done, through platforms, I hope to unify Singaporeans because at the end of the day, Singapore is our home. We share a common destiny, and I think all of us work together for the benefit of our country.
Tony Tan
Families represent the basic building blocks of our society, and primary care a foundational piece of any healthcare system.
Tony Tan
Singapore is an international city, and it would be a grave mistake to close our doors.
Tony Tan
The president is a president for all Singaporeans. Not only for those who have voted for me, but even for those who have not voted for me.
Tony Tan