2015-01-03 / .

Indian-origin man reappointed as top advisor to Singapore President

Singapore: Veteran Indian-origin civil servant J Y Pillay was on Friday reappointed as the top advisor to Singapore's president. 80-year-old Pillay was sworn in and reappointed as the chairman of the Presidential Council of Advisers (CPA) for a period of four years by Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam. Pillay, was also reappointed as a member of the CPA. Both appointments are for a further period of four years, with effect from January 2, 2015, the President's office said in a statement on Friday. As chairman of the CPA, Pillay will exercise the functions of the President's office in the absence of President. If he is unavailable, the speaker of Parliament would act as the head of state.

The CPA, formed in 1992, advises the President in various areas, including safeguarding the past reserves of the Government, and key appointments in the public service. Pillay, who has served in a number of senior civil service positions, was first appointed to the CPA on January 2, 2001. He has served as chairman of the CPA since September 2, 2005. He is one of the pioneers who helped build the Singapore economy after its separation from Malaysia in 1965. He has served as chairman of Singapore Airlines from 1972 until 1976.
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