I would regret it if I had the chance to make a difference, but did nothing

I had a meeting with 7 opposition parties (Singapore Democratic Party, the People’s Power Party, the Democratic Progressive Party, the Reform Party, the National Solidarity Party, the Singaporeans First Party and a new, as yet, unregistered People’s Voice Party). These parties have something in common: they are all political veterans without a single seat in parliament for the last decade. They had a frank discussion on their shortcomings and aspirations. I was invited as an Observer.

The 7 parties proposed an opposition coalition and asked me to lead them. They know they have fallen short at the last GE. Wanting to do better, they sought my thoughts. I told them that to do better, Singapore’s interest MUST ALWAYS come first – ahead of self and even their own party’s interest. To be fair, many from the 7 parties stood in past elections because they believed they acted in Singapore’s best interests. But I think some may also need to stand down and serve from the backroom if it is for the good of the country.

One commentator recently said these 7 parties are 3rd, 4th and 5th rate politicians, and that if I mix with them, my reputation will be tarnished. I’m curious what yardstick the commentator has used to measure these men. I know men like Paul Tambayah is a 1st rate human being and doctor who cares for the country. I find it hard to label him otherwise. I believe that the men and women I met yesterday, were more than willing to make way for better men and women who would stand in their place. They have guts. They have put themselves out there. That is sufficient for the moment.

Right now, the 7 parties have asked for my help. They are not the only ones who have spoken to me. I think I must help but in what capacity, I have not decided.

I am now 78 years old. I may only have a short time to mentor a team to work for the good of the nation. This is a small window of opportunity, a moment for ubah (change in Malay). I want to put my last years to good use. I want to pass all that I have acquired and learned in the political arena to the next generation.

I would regret it if I had the chance to make a difference, but did nothing.

 

* Statement by Dr Tan Cheng Bock on proposed opposition coalition.

 

 

 

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29 Responses to “I would regret it if I had the chance to make a difference, but did nothing”

  • Here comes Hero Bock:

    “Right now, the 7 parties have asked for my help. They are not the only ones who have spoken to me.”

    Dr Bock must be referring to WP. But why help just 1 party when you can help more parties, Doc?

    “I would regret it if I had the chance to make a difference, but did nothing.”

    Great and selfless doc! That disgraceful guy who says you’ll tarnish your reputation and called oppos 3rd, 4th and 5th grade politicians must feel ashamed of himself! Your good intention is for our country but his comments must be for his own selfish benefits. As an academic, don’t tell us he can’t think or see what has gone wrong with this country?

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  • NotMyProblem:

    To all Singaporeans too; You would regret it if you had the chance to make a difference, but did nothing. Don’t let your next generation blame you for their future. You do the right thing now!!

    It is very clear the 70% made the wrong choice. The next GE, do it right, not just for yourselves but for the next generation. Take back the country!!!

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  • His Stands?:

    TCB should demonstrate his On-the-Fly debate ability. He must have the “FIRE” in him to deadly want to right the wrongs. Don’t need to wait for others to invite him. What are his stands, his believes…. Honestly, I don’t know.

    Lim Tean Class;

    On-the-Fly ability: 100%
    Fire: 100%
    Believe: 100%
    Class: World Class
    Likeable: 100%
    Smile: Pleasant

    TCB Class;

    On-the-Fly ability: TBA
    Fire: TBA
    Believe: TBA
    Class: Once PAP
    Likeable: Subjective
    Smile: Subjective

    SL [WP] Class;

    On-the-Fly ability: 100% [Proven]
    Fire: 100% [Proven]
    Believe: 100% [Proven]
    Class: World Class
    Likeable: 100% [Proven ask QKS]
    Smile: Pleasant

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  • Hopeful:

    Yes quickly get your act together and form a formidable Opposition like Pakatan Harapan complete with an attractive but realistic manifesto. Otherwise the current regime will stay in power.

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  • LIONS:

    Dear Dr Tan,(pro-tem leader of oppo alliance),
    And,i wud also regret if i did not vote for THE OPPO ALLIANCE shud you send a TEAM TO AJ.

    I want for you,guys,to make a difference.
    So,i too must play my part to MAKE A DIFFERNCE.
    THANK YOU,KAM-SIA.

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  • old man:

    Yes we can do “Singapore boleh” too! Vote the pappies out..out..out!

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  • N.Jungne:

    If I had the chance and did nothing, I would regret. Yes, Dr. Tan, 2 is enough but 7 is far too many. Aha they are Red-Indian Chiefs, waiting for the coyote’s call.

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  • just do it, it shall work !!!:


    I am now 78 years old.
    I may only have a short time…. This is a small window of opportunity, …. I want to put my last years to good use. … to the next generation.

    I would regret it if I had the chance to make a difference, but did nothing.

    Dear Dr Tan,

    Just do it. As you have said, which we paraphrase, we all die one day, some sooner, some later. Even the pap evil lky died.

    So while we are alive, and have the chance, and have the ability, to right humans wrong clear as day created by a docile system, just do it.

    After all, if it is justice we are seeking, if it is truth we are seeking, if by what we do we leave behind a better world for the next generation, just do it.

    70% sheep is sheep only because it is looking for that voice to lead them. In the valley of the blind, the one eye is king. Since 1965, all that 70% sheep has been hearing is lky propagated lies, now via his clown.

    Today, 2018, and moving forward, let us give 70% sheep the alternative voice. Make no mistake. All humans are about the same, more or less, being kiasi kiasu. If they hear no alternative voice to lead them, they plead bo bian even though suffering greatly. If that voice is heard, they start to follow, and bleat.

    Long story short. Just do it. Be courageous. Remove that timidity we are seeing in your demeanour. Do what the pap PA IBs say is imposible to POSSIBLE. Let us do it, and die without regrets.

    The time is ripe. clown pap is gone case. Let us hasten it. We are not seeking revenge. Just to put the rule of law back into Singapore, removing the current one pap law two pap interpretations. Removing the false selection of President based on race and milo. Removing all the cahoots in civil service, in courts, in everything that clown pap has put itself into.

    Let’s just do it. Thank you, Dr Tan.

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  • Lky false promise:

    LKY has been repeatedly quoted in jest or in seriousness that he will rise from the dead if SIN decays. But he cannot n Mahathir has the last laugh.

    If WP is indeed the other referred by TCB, then WP cannot have the stomach to lead the Nation for they show Power Greed n Arrogance not less than the nfi cesspools of Biws. A collision n pooling together the differnt parties together is the real mod operandi to strike at the arrogant decadents of SIN politic n to clean up the ddecade of dirts n reset politic thinking in SIN. To be in politic, the honour of serving the Nation should not be debased to the chance of money grabbing post power swinder.

    TCB is given the golden chance to redeem what he has not done whatvhe should have done. GCT should not wait for the invitation. He should humble himself to show his sincerity of regrets n the chance to redeem himself n salvation before he goes to face those he has wronged by his plp waekness. God has not been kinder than to these plps who had aided wvils to their own people. Hallelujia!

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  • LIONS:

    one thing i respect HERO TAN is his candidness.

    he says what his heart tells him too after he has thought hard with his conscience un like hypocrites like MILK-IS-MILK N KEE-CHIU.

    I think the one group of sgs to regret will be the WP if it chooses to remain outside of the COALITION.

    WP cannot stop a COALITION TEAM from participating in AJ OR EVEN HG then.

    if WP wants to remain out of Alliance,i think its days is numbered!

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    Mobilize a Loyal Opposition under one Flag…call it whatever you deem RIGHT…with you At the Helm…many Professionals will come on board and all that is NEEDED is One term…To Redeem OUR NATION!!! and the rest is left to God…NOT an OWL in a GROVE!!!

    If PAP in 1959 can DO IT with “chee cheong fan” seller, barber teachers and ORDINARY folks CAN… why in TODAY’s context with so MANY Pros ready to LIGHT the TOUCH and RUN with it to Light up a NATION once again Can you NOT “do it”???

    “MERDEKA” lagi satu kali dengan SEMENGAT!!! “Merdeka dan Singapore Boleh!!!”

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  • clown pap is legally corrupt !:

    His Stands?:
    TCB should demonstrate his On-the-Fly debate ability. He must have the “FIRE” in him to deadly want to right the wrongs. Don’t need to wait for others to invite him. What are his stands, his believes…. Honestly, I don’t know.

    Lim Tean Class;

    On-the-Fly ability: 100%
    Fire: 100%
    Believe: 100%
    Class: World Class
    Likeable: 100%
    Smile: Pleasant

    TCB Class;

    On-the-Fly ability: TBA
    Fire: TBA
    Believe: TBA
    Class: Once PAP
    Likeable: Subjective
    Smile: Subjective

    SL [WP] Class;

    On-the-Fly ability: 100% [Proven]
    Fire: 100% [Proven]
    Believe: 100% [Proven]
    Class: World Class
    Likeable: 100% [Proven ask QKS]
    Smile: Pleasant

    bro, exactly our sentiments.

    we support all OPPOSITION. as long as not pap we support.

    the news Dr Tan CB is giving is very good news.

    BUT we do say he has this timid demeanour, a subservient persona, far away from Mr Lim Tean and Ms Sylvia Lim.

    BUT, again, as long as OPPOSITION alliance forms, and clown pap and S$m gang run road, it is success, however, it is achieved.

    in the valley of the blind, the one eye is king. if fate has it Dr Tan is the one to lead, so be it, irritating though he seems to us in his timid mannerisms, as if there is much to be afraid of today, when all he needs to do is to be bold since everyone is looking at him for direction it is dereliction of his duty to appear meek and weak when he needs to be bold.

    all said, if fate says today 2018, and GE2019, Dr Tan is to lead, we support. unity is strength. but, timidity is a failure to do duty.

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  • rukidding:

    To all New sillyzens,…you will regret if you think you should vote for “that person” who have “allowed and welcome you in”.

    Don’t be “conned” !

    Those Pimps and prostitutes ( P.a.p.) will “use you”(for now ) but when your “help” is no longer required….thats where they will start “screwing” you !

    Beware !

    Better vote for “Change” like our neighbours !

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  • A Good Start!:

    Dear Dr Tan, we do not expect that you will form the next Gahment but at least deprive the Whites a two-third majority in Parliament!

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  • opposition dude:

    Go for it Dr Tan

    I want to see this coalition take on PAP in as many wards as possible. I hope they can challenge 75% of seats. PAP needs a good shock to wake the bloody hell up.

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  • “Don’t Anyhow Say Things”:
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  • TIME TO REDEEM:

    Whoever was coerced, blackmailed entice to plp for rewards upon running errants to boost the evil desire od nepotism or dynasty, a golden chance to redeem has come. Plpism bereft once Human Dignity n values unmeasureable moneywise. Envy begets greed n a moment of negligence yield fault line thru which human drains as plpic behaviour set in n on with a journey of plpisn of return leaving a stink no less than nepotism in the 21st century. Old Indian caste systm replaces meritocracy in nepotism where plps ploigh for rewards strewn by the lps after they rape in fulfilment to quench their greed.
    The wave of awareness that no one owes u a living is realised that u owe no one a living the former call became the force of nepotic evils while the later lit up the flame of awareness to quench n be the ultimate checks n balances to bury all nepotic evil. Nepotism abuses people power n the wave rekindles the divine rights of people power to fulfil no one owes u a living AND u owes no one a living. The wave brongs time for redemption to correct n return what is due to the people including dark wealth upon abuse of trust n rightly belong to the people. Xi talks aboit wealth n politics but has forgotten he has crept at increasin speed back to sauare one upon which commune prevails over villas

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  • Of course CAN!:

    Hahaha.. Dr TCB,the SG Dr Tun Mahathir..nice !
    Hopefully history can repeat over our side of the causeway.

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    clown pap is legally corrupt !: bro, exactly our sentiments.

    we support all OPPOSITION. as long as not pap we support.

    the news Dr Tan CB is giving is very good news.

    BUT we do say he has this timid demeanour, a subservient persona, far away from Mr Lim Tean and Ms Sylvia Lim.

    BUT, again, as long as OPPOSITION alliance forms, and clown pap and S$m gang run road, it is success, however, it is achieved.

    in the valley of the blind, the one eye is king. if fate has it Dr Tan is the one to lead, so be it, irritating though he seems to us in his timid mannerisms, as if there is much to be afraid of today, when all he needs to do is to be bold since everyone is looking at him for direction it is dereliction of his duty to appear meek and weak when he needs to be bold.

    all said, if fate says today 2018, and GE2019, Dr Tan is to lead, we support. unity is strength. but, timidity is a failure to do duty.

    WRONG!!! he took on big GUNS in the PAP and cronies of the PAP Philip Yeo for one where he said: “The man is getting too big for his SHOES” and he PY brought BioTech to Clone LKY!!!

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  • Hissing away:

    @clown pap is legally corrupt !:

    Thanks Bro, I understood your points but, if I have the doubt, many others would feel the same doubt. This is a One chance event and I don’t want it to be mess up. It’s important to all of us.

    Dr M has a shrewd tongue, he is not afraid of even the old man, Dr Tan, we never get to hear him speak out in passionate volume.

    Dr Tan is not Dr M.

    In Politics, the mind must be quick, On-the-Fry quick response, not mumble mumble hiss ~~~~~~~~~ and silence away.

    Take it as image improvement feedback then.

    clown pap is legally corrupt !: !:

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  • The Pied Piper:

    I know his application for President Candidate was denied. That’s “his” own aspiration, seeking a high job. That’s about it.

    I never Knew anything about what he opposing about? Is he positive or negative?

    He is careful for who? I ain’t convinced yet is for us.

    In Politics, you question with logic. The IBs are all praising and that’s not good.

    Can’t blame WP to stay away.

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  • Right move:

    The various opposition parties should all merge to form one party to be effective with Dr Tan as Leader.

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  • PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20:

    Dear Dr Tan,
    What you can do is not to die a terrible and lonely death like JBJ did.

    Singaporeans are fair weather friends and betrayed and abandoned JBJ who work stood up for them.

    And true to form, Singaporeans also did not donate to TRE when they request for donation to continue hosting the site.

    So it is better to shut up and quietly ride into sunset and we PAP promise to give you a grand burial.

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20

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  • oxygen:

    @ PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN,GE2020

    OI OI OI, RUBBER-TAPPER FROM BOLEH-LAND, your worship of mafia PAPpys won’t save your underwater mortgage from sinking. Indeed with PAPpy Wong new property cooling measures, it is falling even faster – UOL discount its development sale price by 10% and Setia cut-price offer at Daintree to $1700 psf from other developers in the same vicinity asking $1,800 psf and still throw in another discount of 5% on top of that.

    But please don’t do a superman stunt noting your mortgage distress misery hogging your life – the only fitting prize you will get from PAPpys of parting present is a nice eulogy. Since fire cracker is allowed in Bohlehland, you can ask in advance that they lit it up and give you a cracking send-off when your grand departure time comes – befitting such an ratty mind of yours on earth.

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20: Dear Dr Tan,
    What you can do is not to die a terrible and lonely death like JBJ did.

    Singaporeans are fair weather friends and betrayed and abandoned JBJ who work stood up for them.

    And true to form, Singaporeans also did not donate to TRE when they request for donation to continue hosting the site.

    So it is better to shut up and quietly ride into sunset and we PAP promise to give you a grand burial.

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20

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  • Meek But Still Needed:

    TCB has the following of PAP’s lost sheeps.
    Like it or not, his 30% is needed for a regime change.
    Sinkies should unite to do the first thing first.
    Regime change is the crucial step, to stop the steep decline, the rest will fall in place after that.

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  • A Reason To Exist:

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20:
    Dear Dr Tan,
    What you can do is not to die a terrible and lonely death like JBJ did.

    Singaporeans are fair weather friends and betrayed and abandoned JBJ who work stood up for them.

    And true to form, Singaporeans also did not donate to TRE when they request for donation to continue hosting the site.

    So it is better to shut up and quietly ride into sunset and we PAP promise to give you a grand burial.

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20

    TRE is only for “quiters” and has enough PAP mole writers to stay afloat.

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  • consensus by manipulation:

    i was explainign to someone.. there is not need for the entire population to work .. about half works and pay taxes is good enough.. because its not only taxes that the govt gets revenue from, its from corporate taxes, foreign investment ect..

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  • Undaft:

    The daft had benefited for the changes from the undaft and opposition parties for the past 5 decades, especially after 2011. Please at least said thank you.

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  • puitam sing:

    The fact that WP continues to and never get involved in timing coalition indicates something about the Role it is playing and why it is allowed to survive and why it continues to cho bo LAN.

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