Written by Ng E-Jay
29 August 2011
I stayed up till 5am on Sunday. Not because I needed to. It was already more or less written in the cards from 1.30am onwards that Dr Tony Tan would be the winner (based on unofficial results of an 8,000 vote gap between him and runner-up Dr Tan Cheng Bock). It was such a slim margin that any less than that, and overseas votes (which won’t be tallied until a few days later) would have a bearing on the results, making the race too close to call.
Shortly after the recount started however, online forums were abuzz with some quarters accusing Tan Jee Say supporters of stealing the victory from Dr Tan Cheng Bock, by overly promoting the losing candidate or by refusing to vote tactically.
The discussion got very heated and partisan. It also got extremely divisive. A couple of nicks even dragged SDP into the argument. I felt that such a reaction was entirely unnecessary and reflected very badly on those who had engaged in it.
Tan Cheng Bock: 737,128 (34.85%)
Tan Jee Say: 529,732 (25.04%)
Tony Tan: 744,397 (35.19%)
Tan Kin Lian: 103,931 (4.91%)
Total valid votes: 2,115,188
Rejected votes: 37,826
Local votes counted are conclusive of the results.
28 August, 2.30am
Some people are now attacking Tan Jee Say’s supporters in online forums, accusing them of robbing victory from Dr Tan Cheng Bock and handing victory to Dr Tony Tan.
It is very unfortunate that some people choose at this moment to be so divisive and to play partisan politics in such a petty manner.
This is a time for people to unite and look to the future, not for one group to start attacking another group. That is all I have to say. I abhor such pettiness and narrow-mindedness. I hope this stops.
We have to look toward the future general election and continue working for the good of Singaporeans.
UPDATE AT 1.15am: Election Department confirms recount. Further speculation suggests that Dr Tony Tan got around 744,000 votes versus Dr Tan Cheng Bock’s 736,000 votes.
28 August 2011, 1am
Ms Michelle Lee, election agent for presidential candidate Mr Tan Jee Say has told the media that: “I’m a little disapppointed that Mr Tan Jee Say is not going to win, but I think he’s already done a lot to heighten awareness of what the president’s role should be.”
In the meantime, Mr Tan Jee Say is reportedly not officially conceding defeat yet, but he has asked supporters at Bedok Stadium who are tired to go home and rest.
Looking at the unofficial numbers that have emerged thus far, it is clear that the race is now between Dr Tony Tan and Dr Tan Cheng Bock.
There are rumours that a recount is underway. The 1am time mark that observers are watching has passed, so these rumours appear credible. Meanwhile, since this is going to be a long night (or morning), I would like to repost an article written by Dr Vincent Wijeysingha on Facebook some time back.
27 August, 11.20pm
Presidential candidate Mr Tan Kin Lian has graciously conceded defeat based on initial unconfirmed results from various counting centres.
Speaking to reporters after visiting a third counting centre, he said that it seems to be a tough fight between the top two candidates.
Although Mr Tan declined to mention any names, unconfirmed initial result reveal that Dr Tony Tan and Dr Tan Cheng Bock are in the lead.
Mr Tan said he might not get his deposit back but the experience of running the race has been useful.
Written by Ng E-Jay
25 August 2011
The year 2011 is shaping up to be a very critical year in which Singaporeans bind together to create political change and chart a course for our nation’s future political evolution.
In the beginning of this year, the opposition parties found their footing, consolidated their strengths, and attracted many talented and credible candidates. This in turn gave Singapore citizens a chance to vote in more opposition representation into Parliament. The GRC gridlock shattered like fragile glass.
On Saturday 27 August, Singaporeans will once again be going to the polls. This time however, we will be voting for a new elected president — someone who does not have the authority to change government policies or the constitution, but someone who has the ability to galvanize the people and rally the masses if he so chooses. It is a political event no less important than the Parliamentary general elections.
Dr Wong Wee Nam’s speech at Mr Tan Jee Say’s presidential election rally on Tuesday 23 August at Toa Payoh stadium.
By Dr Wong Wee Nam
23 August 2011
My fellow Singaporeans,
When you go to the polls this Saturday, you will be electing your next president.
Hopefully, with your support, he will be Tan Jee Say.
You will not be getting a figure head but someone who is willing to exercise the power given to him.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is written by Ms Jeanette Chong-Aruldoss and is reproduced here at her request. I would like to thank Ms Jeanette Chong for taking the effort to write this wonderful piece.
Ms Jeanette Chong blogs at http://jeannette.sg/. She stood in the recent Parliamentary general elections under the NSP at Mountbatten SMC, and scored an admirable 41.38% against her PAP opponent. She is now helping out Mr Tan Jee Say’s presidential election campaign in her personal capacity.
By Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss
22 August 2011
During The Online Citizen’s Face to Face Forum held on 18th August 2011, the following exchange (click here for the video clip of this exchange) took place between Tan Jee Say (TJS) and Dr Tony Tan (TT) when the topic of detentions without trial under the Internal Security Act (ISA) came up for discussion:
Written by Ng E-Jay
22 August 2011
Curry is wonderful dish. It can liven up almost any meal and is perfectly suited to the Singaporean palate. But I never guessed that one day, curry in Singapore can become politicized.
It all began a couple of weeks ago when TODAY newspaper ran an article on disputes between neighbours that have been resolved through mediation.
One example cited was a complaint that a Chinese family had made against an Indian neighbour on the cooking of curry. After the Community Mediation Centre (CMC) intervened, the Indian household agreed not to cook curry when the Chinese family was around.