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Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob has announced her intention to contest in Presidential Election 2017. She said she is “thinking about it” when pressed by the press during a community event in Marsiling, but stopped short of revealing whether she had collected the nomination forms. The 62-year-old, who is also MP for Marsiling-Yew Tee said that she would have to consult her family and colleagues...

Businessman Farid Khan Kaim Khan has stated his intention to apply to run for president. But the 62-year-old might not even qualify to contest as, technically, he doesn’t meet the requirements. First off, Khan is of Pakistani descent. So, though he may have been born in Geylang Serai, speaks Malay, and celebrates Hari Raya, he isn’t exactly Malay. PE2017 has been reserved for Malay candidates...

Former presidential election runner-up Dr Tan Cheng Bock has filed an appeal with the Court of Appeal contesting the decision by the High Court to dismiss his application contesting the legitimacy of this year’s Presidential Election. Dr Tan’s previous application was turned down last Friday by Justice Quentin Loh, meaning PE2017 will be reserved for Malay candidates only if this appeal fails...

Dr Tan Cheng Bock said today that he will be appealing the High Court’s decision to dismiss his application contesting the legitimacy of this year’s Presidential Election. Today is the last day for Dr Tan to file an appeal, and he said he will be doing so through his lawyers. Dr Tan’s previous application was turned down last Friday by Justice Quentin Loh, meaning PE2017 will be reserved for...

DR TAN CHENG BOCK: My fellow Singaporeans the High Court has decided against my application. My lawyers are studying the 65-page judgment in which Justice Quentin Loh acknowledged that I have “put forward serious arguments on the start of the count”. I am, of course, disappointed with the result and will announce whether I will appeal, after this weekend. Meanwhile, I am more disappointed with...

Malaysian-born Singapore politician Dr Janil Puthucheary has been criticised for using parliament to kiss a**. They feel that the Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC MP’s speech yesterday smacked more of boot-licking theatrics than the “substance” which he spoke of. PM Lee Hsien Loong lifted the party whip and had called for MPs to question him rigorously during yesterday’s parliamentary session...

All eyes may be on Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob, but this local entrepreneur Mohamed Salleh Marican could be the next president of Singapore. The 67-year-old has declared his interest in running for the presidency come September, and his name has been bandied in several circles as a potential candidate. Mr Mohamed Salleh is the founder and CEO of Second Chance properties. His started out the...

National Solidarity Party secretary-general Lim Thean has resigned. Lim joined the NSP in August 2015, shortly before GE2015. His rousing speeches drew crowds and he was largely considered as one of the more prominent figures among opposition candidates. Unfortunately, his charisma, firebrand speaking style and straightforward attitude didn’t manage to lift the NSP’s fortunes, and the...

DR TAN CHENG BOCK: I would like to announce that this morning, the High Court accepted my application (HC/OS 495/2017), which seeks the Court’s determination on whether a piece of legislation (section 22 Presidential Elections (Amendment) Act 6 of 2017 which counted President Wee Kim Wee as the first Elected Presidency term for the purposes of calling a Reserved Election), is consistent with our...

Former presidential candidate Dr Tan Cheng Bock, who’s currently been blocked from contesting in the coming Presidential Election 2017, intends to challenge the legitimacy of PE2017 being reserved for minority candidates only. People’s Power Party chief Goh Meng Seng made public this information in a Facebook post: “The following has been going around in Watsapp … *From Tan Cheng Bok:* Yesterday...

ADRIAN: Let’s make this clear from the start, I’m not talking about the tudung ban, but why it seems that only some MPs can discuss this issue publicly and not others. We’ve seen how the WP’s Faisal Abdul Manap got criticised by Minister Masagos and even our Prime Minister for raising the issue in parliament, but it’s not like PAP MPs don’t do the same thing. Just last year, Jurong GRC...

The Workers’ Party’s Faisal Manap, MP for Aljunied GRC, has been shot down for raising the issue of the tudung ban in parliament. Mr Faisal spoke up against the ban on wearing the Muslim headscarf for women employed as nurses and other uniformed occupations. He appealed for the government to reconsider the ban so as to heed the Malay/Muslim community’s call to “be given the chance to fulfill...

It appears that 12 percent of Singaporeans have much confidence in our nation’s 4th generation of leaders. This is according to a survey by research agency Blackbox, which almost hit the nail on the head with its prediction of the General Election 2015 results. This was the question put to respondents: “Compared to previous generations of Singapore leaders, would you say the upcoming leaders are…?” 41...

Socio-political activist Han Hui Hui has allegedly left Singapore to seek asylum in a European country. This was reported by fellow socio-political activist Leong Sze Hian. Leong didn’t disclose which country Han was off to, preferring to describe her as “the bravest girl I have met”. Han, who hails from Malaysia, became a Singapore citizen in 2010. A divisive figure known for participating...