Dr Tan Cheng Bock vs Mr Tan Kin Lian: 1 - 0

Dr Tan Cheng Bock vs Mr Tan Kin Lian: 1 - 0 Photo source: Yahoo

Dr Tan Cheng Bock may have been (mostly) silent or less vocal than the other Presidential candidate Mr Tan Kin Lian, but the recent news about the former may just reveal that Dr Tan is truly a sharp politician.

Thanks to the shaky notion introduced by Mr Tan Kin Lian last Saturday on the possibility about either of them to step aside in preparation to a straight contest with the other candidate Dr Tony Tan.

Dr Tan Cheng Bock manages to instill the image of him being resolute and unwaveringly firm and serious in his determination to run for the Presidential race. He is undeterred with the thought of facing Dr Tony Tan in the contest.

The implication (though, not explicitly said--but darn obvious, don't you agree?) is bad for Mr Tan Kin Lian.

Thus, I'd say Dr Tan Cheng Bock has scored 1 against Mr Tan Kin Lian.

Well played, Sir.

FORMER PAP MP Tan Cheng Bock has no plans to abandon his bid for presidency even if fellow presidential hopeful Tan Kin Lian contacts him about the possibility of one of them stepping aside.

'I'm not the kind of person who announces that I'm going to run, then after that decides not to. If I've made up my mind, nothing is going to change it,' he told The Straits Times yesterday.

He was asked for his response to Mr Tan's comments on Saturday that he was open to discussions with Dr Tan about the possibility of one of them stepping aside should both get certificates of eligibility from the Presidential Elections Committee.

Dr Tan said the former NTUC Income chief executive has not contacted him on the matter: 'But even if he did, I won't change my mind. I'm not open to the possibility of stepping aside. Nothing is going to change my mind about standing.'

Contacted yesterday, Mr Tan said he raised the possibility on Saturday because individuals, whom he did not identify, 'asked me to consider talking to Dr Tan Cheng Bock and discuss if one of us should drop out of the campaign to give the other candidate a better chance to contest against Dr Tony Tan'.

Former deputy prime minister Tony Tan announced last Thursday that he will run for the presidency as an independent candidate.

From Straits Times, "Cheng Bock: I won't drop presidential bid".

Former People's Action Party MP Tan Cheng Bock has stressed he will not abandon his plans to contest the Presidential Election.

"I am never more determined to contest this Presidential Election," wrote Dr Tan in a Facebook posting on Tuesday morning.

"I want Singapore united in transparency, integrity and independent thinking. I will not back off," he stated.

On Saturday, former NTUC Income chief executive Tan Kin Lian flagged the possibility of either one of them stepping aside so it could be a straight fight between either of them and latest entrant to the polls, former deputy prime minister Dr Tony Tan.

Dr Tony Tan announced last Thursday he would contest as an independent candidate.

Responding to Tan Kin Lian, Dr Tan Cheng Bock told The Straits Times on Monday the former had not contacted him. "But even if he did, I won't change my mind. I'm not open to the possibility of stepping aside. Nothing is going to change my mind about standing."

Tan Kin Lian told the paper, it is also his preference to stay in the contest, even if it means a three-way fight.

'People felt strongly that I should continue to contest the election as I am most independent of the PAP," he said.

Both he and Dr Tan Cheng Bock stressed that they stepped forward to allow voters a choice in the Presidential Election. They are focused on obtaining the Certificate of Eligibility first.

One contrast that appears to have arisen between the two already, however, is their fund-raising campaigns.

While Dr Tan Cheng Bock said he has no problems, Tan Kin Lian said he is having difficulty with getting donations.

Tan Kin Lian said in his blog, he aims to operate on a "modest" budget of $200,000 because of these difficulties. Several companies and individuals he approached for donations declined as they prefer to be "neutral".

"Support from ordinary citizens has also been slow," he added, describing his budget as a "modest, shoestring budget".

The fund raised will be used for printing and distribution of campaign material, outreach activities, rallies, rental of premises, logistics, contractors, sound systems, and the production of online videos.

He will also use $48,000 raised for the deposit in contesting the election.

He added," I can meet the expenses on my own, but I want the people to have the chance to contribute financially to the campaign as well. I do not wish to shoulder this arduous task and journey on my own with the help of a few supporters."

Dr Tan Cheng Bock, on the other hand, said he has received "quite strong support from the people".

"I do not think there will be a problem with the funding," he said. Although he declined to disclose details on his spending plans, earlier reports said his campaign budget could hit $500,000.

Each candidate is allowed to spend up to 30 cents per elector or $600,000 on election expenses, whichever is higher.

From Yahoo! News, "Tan Cheng Bock not backing down from Presidential bid".


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