Does it matter who becomes President of Singapore?

My latest article for Yahoo Singapore which you can read in full here.

Now that President SR Nathan has confirmed he will not be seeking a third term in office, the presidential race looks like it will be fought between three former People’s Action Party (PAP) members. The presidential hopefuls are:Dr Tan Cheng Bock, former PAP Member of Parliament (MP); Dr Tony Tan, former Deputy Prime Minister; and Mr Tan Kin Lian, former chief executive officer of NTUC Income.

All three have been quick to pledge independence from their former party, when they announced their intentions to seek the office of the Elected President. Dr Tony Tan, especially, having been a minister who held several portfolios including that of Deputy Prime Minister and several years more as deputy chairman and executive director of the Government Investment Corporation of Singapore (GIC), will have to show how his previous positions will not be a factor in exercising independent thought and decisions if he were president.