Dr Tan Cheng Bock, also known as the man who just got blocked from contesting in the upcoming Presidential Election, has hit out at government agency REACH for declaring that he didn’t sign up to participate in a public forum which it organised regarding the PE.
The forum was supposed to take on yesterday, and feature participants such as Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam (who singled out Dr Tan as one man who won’t be able to contest in the coming PE).
However, it was cancelled due to “poor response”.
Dr Tan has shown proof in the form of a confirmation email from REACH that he did register for the forum, saying:
“I did register under my alias Adrian Tan which is in my NRIC, the registration also asked for my NRIC number, mobile, address, and occupation which I supplied. My acceptance letter is attached, as well as my alias in my NRIC.”
His daughter, Tan Ming Li, in a scathing response to REACH, said:
“I find it strange that you are implying that my father did not register at your event. Your registration portal asked for his NRIC name, NRIC No., Address, Date of Birth, Email, Mobile no., Gender and Occupation. My father duly supplied all these particulars – yes, Adrian Tan is his NRIC name. Given the wealth of information and resources at your disposal, could you not check with him whether he in fact registered before posting your implied statement on Facebook that he did not register?
My father, who was the founding Chairman of your pre-cursor, the Feedback Unit, meant to attend as an ordinary public citizen together with his family. In fact, my brother, my husband and I were to accompany him, as all our registrations were confirmed by you. Given all the information you know, are you still implying that my father did not register for this event?”
Unfortunately, whether he did register or not, we’ve just missed a chance to see Dr Tan cross swords with Minister K Shan.
“I was looking forward to attending a REACH public forum on the Presidential Election set for today. Minister Shanmugam was due to speak and I wanted to hear what he had to say. I registered my attendance last week and was happy to receive a confirmation for my attendance. I was planning to attend with a few friends and family.
Unfortunately yesterday, l was disappointed to receive a message, that the forum was cancelled due to poor response.
This forum would have been a great platform for Singaporeans to seek clarification on the matter.
I would like to take this opportunity to encourage Singaporeans to register for these forums and actively participate in discussions on this and other important national issues.”