Singaporean express disappointment over how PAP consistently selects its own members to run for president

Ishhaq Rajoo Jay, a life coach and fitness guru, shares his disappointment on social media over Senior Minister Tharman’s presidential run.

He criticizes the PAP’s recurring pattern of nominating their own members, arguing that the presidency should serve as a counterbalance to the ruling party.

Ishhaq fears that Tharman’s accomplishments could be overshadowed if he becomes a ‘puppet president’, urging him to remain true to his stellar reputation and not be swayed by political machinations.

Netizens express: Tharman for prime minister, not president – A wasted potential?

Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has announced his intention to contest in the 2023 Presidential Election and resignation from the People’s Action Party (PAP) and political appointments, a decision sparking widespread online discussion.

While Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong acknowledged Tharman’s strategic departure as a significant loss, many netizens argue that his extensive experience makes him overqualified for the presidency and a superior choice for Prime Minister.

There’s a palpable yearning for a strong, independent leader akin to the late Ong Teng Cheong, echoing public discontent with the status quo.

PAP Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam quits politics to run for Singapore Presidential Election 2023

SINGAPORE — Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has announced his resignation from the People’s Action Party (PAP) in order to participate in the upcoming 2023 Presidential Election. In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday (8 June), Tharman said that he will be running for president and intends to step down as … Read more

President Halimah Yacob announces decision not to seek re-election

President Halimah Yacob has decided not to run for re-election, expressing her gratitude for serving as Singapore’s eighth President. The upcoming presidential election, which is open to candidates of all races, must be called by 13 September, with incumbent Mdm Halimah’s six-year term expiring on that day.

So far, the People’s Action Party (PAP) has not revealed its preferred candidate for the presidential election.

1,200 firms meets private sector requirement for Singapore’s next Presidential Election: Chan Chun Sing

In Singapore, approximately 50 public service positions and over 1,200 private sector companies meet the eligibility requirements for individuals to run in the next presidential election.

This information was provided by Chan Chun Sing, the Minister-in-charge of the Public Service, in response to a parliamentary question from Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Leong Mun Wai.

However, Mr Chan noted that the Elections Department does not keep track of the exact number of Singaporeans who meet the qualifications to run for president

Former PM Goh Chok Tong contradicts the Govt on how to count reserved elections

Following Dr Tan Cheng Bock’s press conference last weekend, there has been heightened public discourse on the Government’s curious interpretation of the following words: “the most recent 5 consecutive terms of the Elected Presidency.” These words are from the latest amendments to our ever-amenable Constitution. They can be found in Article 19B, which was introduced … Read more

Protecting the integrity and transparency of our electoral voting system

Mr Tan Cheng Bock, former Member of Parliament and candidate in the Presidential Elections 2011 has commented that the discovery of the new boxes has pointed out a weakness in the process and procedure of the electoral system and said that he is puzzled over the advisories issued to the two 17-year old students who found 5 empty … Read more