Farewell jump for Tan Chuan-Jin

ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

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

About 150 employees of his ministry, the National Council of Social Service and SG Enable took to the outdoors with 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. He takes over from Madam Halimah Yacob, who resigned to contest the upcoming presidential election.

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

In it, 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."

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".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 08, 2017, with the headline 'Farewell jump for Tan Chuan-Jin'. Print Edition | Subscribe