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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...

ELSON: Before going further, I’ll ask you to take a look at this quote from Dr Tan Cheng Bock, which met with rousing applause from all at his press conference this morning on the 2017 presidential election: “If you ever want to define the presidency by money, then I’m so sad for this country. We must never define the presidency by money. We must define the presidency by people who believe in...

RONALD LEE: Dr Tan Cheng Bock should just call it quits. He won’t become Singapore’s next president any time soon. This is because he has been so effectively blocked, or double-blocked, from contesting. Dr Tan lost to current President Dr Tony Tan the last time round by 0.35 percent of the votes, in a 4-horse race. He was looking forward to contesting this term and was “prepared”, only to...

Dr Tan Cheng Bock has demanded that the government check on interference by the Attorney-General’s Chamber’s regarding the 2017 presidential election. The former presidential election candidate, who was expected to run and possibly win this time round, said in a press conference this morning that he was blocked from contesting this year due to “advice” from the AGC. Dr Tan said that the Constitutional...

Transitioning chief and Hong Lim Park protest veteran Gilbert Goh is planning another protest this weekend – a shout-back against the impending water price hike announced in Budget 2017. Goh says Singaporeans must show their defiance against the hike, which he feels isn’t appropriate at this time, and since the PUB is already turning a profit. This is what Goh has to say: “When finance...

Former PAP MP Hri Kumar Nair will be appointed as Deputy Attorney-General from 1 March 2017. This will make him the first former politician to be appointed as an Attorney-General since Singapore’s independence. And that appointment has raised the ire of Workers’ Party chairman Sylvia Lim, who is concerned with potential political partisanship. Mr Nair’s appointment was announced...

Could Halimah Yacob, current Speaker of Parliament and MP for Marsiling-Yew Tee, be the next President of Singapore? If you’re the kind who believes in slip of the tongues are spontaneous and truthful, then that’s a very strong possibility. You see, Maj-Gen Chan Chun Sing, who’s the PAP party whip, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, and MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC, addressed...