Dr Tan Cheng Bock: We Took Them On

We Took Them On | Photo: Facebook of Dr Tan Cheng Bock


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Hundreds queued up at Dr Tan Cheng Bock's campaign headquarters in Commonwealth to purchase his newly-launched book yesterday.

Dedicated to all his supporters, the book commemorates Dr Tan's bid for the presidency earlier this year.

Titled 'We Took Them On', the 100-page book details events, photographs and short messages throughout his race which began in May and concluded on Aug 27.

Some 1,300 copies of the books were printed and costs were absorbed by Dr Tan himself.

The books were going for $20 each and all proceeds will go to the Handicaps Welfare Association (HWA), where the 71-year-old served as an adviser to the charity from 1986 to 2006.

In addition, campaign memorabilia such as posters, badges and car bumper stickers were also up for grabs. The campaign team realised there was demand for these items when six banners and over half of 2,000 posters put up islandwide went missing after Polling Day.

Yesterday, the charity sales raked in $8,085 and all of it went to HWA, reported The Straits Times.

Dr Tan lost by 7,382 votes to Dr Tony Tan, a razor-thin margin of 0.35 percentage point.

He was the first of four candidates to announce his intention to contest the August election, which also marked the first time the presidential election had been contested since 1993.

Dr Tan told reporters he approved of President Tan's efforts to reach out to charities and the community. He said: "I think he's doing a good thing. As president, he should be visiting all these charity organisations and encouraging disadvantaged Singaporeans."

On his future plans, he said he had "structured plans" in mind, however, not revealing what they were or whether he would contest in the next presidential election.

Bent on keeping the surprise element, he said: "In politics, nothing is certain. I've always kept you all guessing, right? It's my style."

On the parliamentary debate which starts today, Dr Tan had this to say to first-time backbenchers: "Be prepared to get some parliamentary wounds and not run away when they get these parliamentary wounds.

"If they believe in a cause, they must stand up and fight for that cause," he added.

From Asiaone, "Tan Cheng Bock launches commemorative book".

Former Presidential candidate Dr Tan Cheng Bock has launched a book about his campaign, adding to the collection of election memorabilia he launched during the campaign.

Titled We Took Them On, the book is a photo diary of the events during the election in August. It was conceptualised and put together by Dr Tan's campaign volunteers.

Dedicating the book to his supporters, Dr Tan, 71, said the photo diary also features the volunteers who helped him, and captured the moments he shared with the many Singaporeans he met on his campaign trail.

Said Dr Tan yesterday: "We did a lot so it's better to capture all this in a book ... and it's also a very historical event. I think this PE is quite special. It's to let Singaporeans have an idea of what we went through."

Dr Tan lost the election by 0.35 per cent or 7,382 votes - out of the 2.16 million votes cast - to Dr Tony Tan, who was sworn in as Singapore's seventh President on Aug 27.

Dr Tan, who paid for the printing cost of the 1,300 books, said the money from the sales will be donated to the Handicaps Welfare Association, of which he was patron when he was Ayer Rajah MP.

The book costs S$20. To purchase a copy, go to his Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/TanChengBock.

Asked about his plans, Dr Tan advised new MPs: "Be prepared to get some parliamentary wounds, and not run away when they get these wounds. If they believe in a cause, they must stand up and fight for that cause."

From Today, "Tan Cheng Bock launches photo diary".

With Parliament sitting on Monday, former MP and presidential candidate Dr Tan Cheng Bock has urged new MPs to fight for causes they believe in.

Dr Tan said this when launching his photo diary "We Took Them On" - which captures what he felt was a "historical and well-fought" Presidential Election.

Dr Tan's supporters came as early as noon on Sunday, an hour before the launch started, with many saying they knew Dr Tan from his days as an MP for Ayer Rajah.

Dr Tan said he had printed 1,300 books, and slightly more than half were ordered online before Sunday's launch.

Other campaign collaterals, like the election poster which cost $32 to produce, were also put up for sale.

About S$8,085 worth of items were sold when the event ended at 5.30pm. All proceeds will be donated to the Handicaps Welfare Association.

Asked about his plans, Dr Tan remained coy but said he will be watching parliament closely and had a piece of advice for new MPs.

"Be prepared to get some parliamentary wounds, and not run away when they get these parliamentary wounds. If they believe in a cause, they must stand up and fight for that cause," said Dr Tan.

From Channel NewsAsia, "Dr Tan Cheng Bock tells new MPs to fight for causes they believe in".

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