SINGAPORE: Former Presidential hopeful Tan Cheng Bock said members of the public should not “jump to conclusions” that the proposed changes to the Elected Presidency in the Constitutional Commission’s report released on Wednesday (Sep 7) were intended to prevent him from running in the next Presidential Election (PE).
“The people in charge are men of virtue and integrity and would not resort to doing this,” he wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday (Sep 10).
Dr Tan had garnered 34.9 per cent of the vote in the 2011 PE. The proposed changes to the eligibility criteria detailed in the Commission’s report are likely to rule out Dr Tan, as well as Mr Tan Jee Say, his fellow candidate in the 2011 PE.
In his post, Dr Tan said the report will be tabled in Parliament in the form of a White Paper on Thursday (Sep 15), where Parliament will “debate it, make amendments, support it, or even reject it”.
“Let us wait for the coming debate before jumping to conclusions,” he added.