Presidential Candidate

YAACOB IBRAHIM RULES HIMSELF OUT OF PRESIDENTIAL RACE

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim has announced that he will not be running for president. He also had tips for upcoming presidential candidates. "Whoever is willing to step forward to take on the job must continue to carry the ethos of multiracialism, which is important," Dr Yaacob said. "He or she must continue to do their best to rally all Singaporeans, not just the Malay community."

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TAN CHENG BOCK: MAKE THE NEXT ELECTION AN OPEN ONE

Former presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock has broken his silence about the upcoming presidential elections in a press conference held today. He said: "I am concerned that our EP (Elected President) will always be tainted with the suspicion that the reserved election of 2017 was introduced to prevent my candidacy."

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IS THIS THE FIRST MALAY CANDIDATE TO TRY FOR 2017 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION?

I live in Sengkang. I received this flyer and name card from an Independent candidate who claimed to be doing a constituency visit recently. As there are no by-elections at the moment, I can surmise that this Malay uncle is hoping to be an independent candidate in the September 2017 presidential election. Unfortunately for Mr Osman, while the presidential election is reserved for Malays, it still has a criteria and common Malays are unlikely to qualify. I doubt that Mr Osman who is a businessman, has a paid-up capital of at least S$100 million. He is neither the chairman of a board of directors nor the CEO of a statutory board.

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TAN KIN LIAN: EX PAP VETERANS MAY CONTEST UNDER WP BANNER?

After visiting an exhibition at Marina Bay Sands, I took a taxi back to my office. I had a nice chat with the taxi driver who drove a Comfort taxi for more than 20 years. We discussed how good were the old days, when Singapore was under Mr. LKY. The HDB flats were affordable, and the cost of living was also low. Things got progressively worse under the next two prime ministers. HDB flats are now too expensive. Many young men cannot afford to get married due to the high cost of housing.

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