Indian-origin veteran bureaucrat JY Pillay recently took over as Singapore's acting President until a new head of the state is elected later this September. Importantly, the nomination day for the Presidential election is September 13, followed by polling day on September 23.
The temporary appointment of Pillay, Chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers (CPA), follows the completion of President Tony Tan Keng Yam's six-year term. Importantly, in Singapore when the office of President falls vacant, the first in line to exercise its powers is the CPA Chairman, followed by the Speaker of Parliament. This is the first time the office has fallen vacant since the elected presidency was introduced in 1991.
Interestingly, the Indian-origin politician is no stranger to exercising the powers of the President. As CPA Chairman since 2005, he has been acting President each time the President goes on an overseas trip. He acted as President in May, when Tan made state visits to Europe. He has served over 60 such "stints"-- the longest of which was 16 days in April and May of 2007 when then President SR Nathan visited the African countries. The Indian-origin politician, has received several awards in his carrer, the noticeable was in 2012, when the National University of Singapore (NUS) set up two professorships in his honour, for his contributions. Also, for his public services, Pillay was awarded the Order of Nila Utama (First Class), one of Singapore's most prestigious National Day Awards.