Five options for Dr Tan Cheng Bock in next GE

Dr Tan Cheng Bock seems to be the hottest property around these days with so many political parties seeking after his winning collaboration for GE 2020.

There are five possible options available for the good doctor:-

1. Collaboration with Workers’ Party

Workers’ Party has fired the first salvo at winning the doctor’s hand by inviting him along for the Aljunied GRC’s Iftar during Ramadan recently and the cheerful doctor seems at ease with the opposition group of MPs.

Collaboration with WP seems rightful and even legit as the opposition party is the only one with six elected MPs in Parliament right now and they are rebranding itself with a new leadership team in place.

Dr Tan’s inclusion will definitely strengthen the opposition party and he can even head a GRC team with very strong chance of winning as well.

However, there are some downside to the collaboration if the good doctor teams up with WP notably it’s strict party protocol and exclusive brand of politics as it doesn’t really mix well with the other opposition parties.

To his credit, Dr Tan has shared his presence with many other parties and lay groups as well and if he joins up with WP as a candidate it is unsure how this will affect the opposition party’s strict protocol.

Nevertheless, politically speaking, standing as a candidate with WP either in a SMC or GRC, Dr Tan will bring forth much value-added experience and probably even a strong winning ticket to the party as well and it should be mutually beneficial.

Chances of winning: Very high especially in SMC

2. Collaboration with Harapan Sg

The next best thing that Tun Mahathir has brought to the world besides his earth-shaking win at the polls in Malaysia is the formation of Harapan Sg in Singapore.

For the longest time, Singaporeans have being crying out for a unifying formation of small opposition parties so that they can be seen as credible and united so Harapan Sg is the best thing that has happened to us so far even though WP has distanced itself from the coalition.

The next question to ask is – will the doctor join up with Harapan Sg as a candidate?

As it is a coalition, he has the liberty to join as an independent candidate together with other parties even if he is being field in a SMC/GRC. He does not really have to sign up with any party though his hand will surely be courted by the many splinter opposition parties.

As a coalition candidate, Dr Tan will also be able to gain access to it’s strength and diversity even though he will by virtue of his stature also lend much weight to Harapan Sg.

For the rest of the other opposition parties to move forward, Dr Tan’s decision to join Harapan Sg will be more far-reaching and impactful than if he simply joins up with WP. His inclusion in any constituency will definitely strengthen the winning chance of that team.

Chances of winning: High

3. Standing as an independent candidate

The good doctor also can stand as an independent candidate in any SMC after consultation with the opposition party which has contested in that ward before so that there won’t be any three-party collision..

However, this move will have very reduced impact on the scope of opposition parties as a whole as he is still confining himself to being a solo opposition politician.

If we know Dr Tan’s mindset well enough, he is trying to improve the political landscape of the country all along and if possible  help to lend a voice to the down-trodden and unfortunate.

His style so far is inclusive and collaborative rather than exclusive and divisive so standing as an independent candidate will not be his calling.

However, if he still insists on standing as a independent candidate, his chances of winning is still relatively high but he will lose his definite clout as a opposition unifier. If he loses as an independent, he will surely fade away into oblivion afterwards.

Chances of winning: High

4. Forming his own party

Dr Tan can also form his own party and call the shots in a densely-crowded arena of opposition politics.

He will probably attract alot of former white supporters who are gunning for change but still waiting for a credible leader to appear.

He has the mould of Tun Mahathir who has helped to swing alot of UMNO voters to his coalition resulting in the collapse of the Malaysian government. Without the Tun, the swing will not be as serious and Nazik will still be the PM though his days will be numbered.

Though we may not witness the collapse of the PAP government in this coming election, Dr Tan will certainly help to swing alot of white supporters to his fold resulting in reduced majority for the ruling party.

But will the doctor form his own political party and go head on with his former master? So far, there is no such indication though he has a strong team heralded from his post-PE days to usher in the new party with ease. He could also attract alot of young professionals who are looking for a credible voice in the political wilderness.

Nevertheless, we already have too many small splinter opposition parties for 2.3 million voters and bringing in one more surely will not be idle.

Chances of winning: Moderately high

5. Not standing as a candidate in GE 2020

Many people have predicted that Dr Tan will stand as a candidate for the next election but there is still a slim chance that he may not contest due to various reasons.

He has mentioned several times that he is ready to mould candidates to win election like a mentor and they can be people gleaned from the opposition or ruling party reinforcing his personal neutrality on the matter.

Its one thing to stand as a President candidate but another to go against his former master in a general election as a candidate.

Its like going against someone who has fed him for close to two decades and it is something one has to come to terms with though what the ruling party did to his candidacy chance during the last PE may have push him into the dark side.

The chances of Dr Tan staying on the sideline during GE 2020 remain remote and we all relish someone from the ruling party standing up as a candidate as an opposition so that the political landscape can be drastically altered.

The people and country are all crying out for change and the mere sign of seeing Dr Tan challenging the incumbent will send many into wild cries of ecstasy.

The absence of Dr Tan in GE 2020 will definitely disappoint many as they see the good doctor as a messiah coming out to save the country…

 

Gilbert Goh

 

* The author is the founder of Transitioning.org, a support site for the unemployed.

 

 

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24 Responses to “Five options for Dr Tan Cheng Bock in next GE”

  • Piper:

    Until he make his opposing stance clear, otherwise he is seen laden with PAP and I can only see him as a man once aspiring to be the president.

    A candidate neither here nor there, will not get my vote regardless of the records.

    In the dirty world of politic, you ought to be more cautious.

    That’s about it.

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  • Ceremonial:

    Compare with clever quick witted English Machine Gun Lim Tean, he looks muted like a stone fish, suitable for ceremonial President post.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQtukncUmTw&t=101s

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  • fucqueupap:

    Me think Dr Tan won’t be a candidate in the GE. He already quite obviously told us his wish is to mentor good politicians to serve the country well. He wants to right what’s wrong as he’s one of the victims of the wrongs that robbed him of a chance to contest in the PE.

    I only wish Dr Tan will not forget and mean what he says, and that is – “I would regret it if I had the chance to make a difference, but did nothing.”

    Dr Tan is a wise and good man. So, whatever Dr Tan decides to do, as long as he supports and helps opposition members put up a great fight with the PAP, he deserves our greatest respect.

    Whether Dr Tan will succeed or oppositions will win seats in the parliament is ultimately decided by the voters. If singaporeans remain daft and choose to continue to be screwed by the PAP, don’t say Dr Tan even God can’t help us.

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  • consensus by manipulation:

    its best for the oppoistion to retire into their sunset years, call it a day and leave the problem to the 70% to settle…

    the 70% wanted this right…

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  • Paypay style:

    Funny so many kay-pos and sar kars like sdpChee and GGoh,.

    Smart use mouth labored by the sillies – Paypay style.

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  • Sillygoh:

    Votes dilution by Gibert Goh?

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  • N.Jungne:

    Piper:
    Until he make his opposing stance clear, otherwise he is seen laden with PAP and I can only see him as a man once aspiring to be the president.

    A candidate neither here nor there, will not get my vote regardless of the records.

    In the dirty world of politic, you ought to be more cautious.

    That’s about it.

    Response: Tend to agree with you, moreover WP has been in the Opposition ever since. At the moment, he leads a band of Indian chiefs, the infighting is not acceptable.

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  • Character Analyst:

    Gilbert is so naive.

    1. The ex-PAP Doctor does not have the same stature, experience, worthiness, capabilities and influencing power as Dr Mahathir.

    2. Dr Mahathir was even prepared to go to jail, if necessary, for challenging Najib. Dr Tan may not have the resolve to go to the same extent.

    3. Dr Mahathir, even though retored, still has a big political base and larfe group of loyal followers, who are prepared to stand by him all the way. Dr Tan does not even have a sizeable group of followers whom he can count on. In other words, he doesn’t have any clout.

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  • HI:

    I think he won’t stand, pinky will warn him.

    Don’t be overly optimistic

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  • HarderTruths:

    Too many FT voting plus too many locals also will vote pappies.

    This is fact – after 20000 per year x 30 years of influx = 60 000 new votes – you do the math and see how many local oppo can get as a maximum.

    And no- converted citizens will not vote oppo. We are all alone here.

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  • blur fug oppo supporters:

    Ceremonial:
    Compare with clever quick witted English Machine Gun Lim Tean, he looks muted like a stone fish, suitable for ceremonial President post.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQtukncUmTw&t=101s

    once again tre oppie supporters are bery stupid.

    getting bock onto oppo’s side is about harnessing, credibility, support and grab votes and not about “on my tien” is the better speaker with quick witted english.

    want to support tien end up make yourself look stupid. stfu lah!

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  • Merobok:

    Already almost two months have passed and we do not hear of any progress of the amalgamation of opposition parties under the mentor of Dr. Tan.

    Looks like something is not fermenting well with the new concoction or maybe all parties including Dr. Tan are planning on some new formula.

    Let it be known that time is short and year-end is approaching. Knowing the PAP and their bags of dirty tricks, they may call for a snap GE in mid-2019 and bite the bullet in view of their adverse policies like the HDB, rise in water and electricity, transport and the GST.

    We know they have suddenly brought up the LBGT and Section 377a issue so as to divert attention with many more in the pipeline.

    Opposition parties…to borrow the scout’s motto….Be Prepared!

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  • 人小毛长那话大:

    看前看后

    看左看右

    看上看下

    倒过来看

    飞上天看

    再思前想后。。。。。。

    最好的选择是什么都不做,去好好的享受所剩不多的舂秋吧!

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  • Dr Tan BOLDLY fixing pap clown:

    Character Analyst:
    Gilbert is so naive.

    1. The ex-PAP Doctor does not have the same stature, experience, worthiness, capabilities and influencing power as Dr Mahathir.

    2. Dr Mahathir was even prepared to go to jail, if necessary, for challenging Najib. Dr Tan may not have the resolve to go to the same extent.

    3. Dr Mahathir, even though retored, still has a big political base and larfe group of loyal followers, who are prepared to stand by him all the way. Dr Tan does not even have a sizeable group of followers whom he can count on. In other words, he doesn’t have any clout.

    well said, bro.

    we are OPPOSITION supporters in Aljunied. we have never voted pap. never will. as long as not pap, we support.

    having said the above, we agree with you fully.

    we support Dr Tan CB as long as he is OPPOSITION. it is our wish he be very successful in his PE or GE questing.

    HOWEVER, although old as he is, he comes across as a very timid fellow. perhaps the years under departed pap evil lky regime has made him so ffffingly cautiously timid it isn’t any good when it comes to forming New Government by toppling clown pap.

    even so, as long as Dr Tan CB stands, we support. only that our wish is he does it with gusto. faked enthusiasm is far better than limp fish timidity.

    after all, it is 2018 INTERNET age. how much fixing can pap clown do to him before catastrophe strikes pap clown in terms of voter revolt?

    we are saying what we are saying only because GE2019 is the one. and if Dr Tan CB is as half past six as he has been, we kindly suggest he make way for far better Singaporeans such as Ms Sylvia Lim or Mr Lim Tean.

    we hope Dr Tan CB gets to hear of our sincere message.

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  • Half hearted Dr Tan?:

    May not want to be involved in the next GE as he feels it is easier and safer to wait and become President in 2023.

    But he might not know that the ‘Selected’ President could be ‘re-selected’ to do a second term!

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    Doc was NEVER a LEEgally PAID member of Parliament…he stood UP for Rights and never wavered even criticising policies he deemed unfavourable…he took on a Blue Eyed boy of the bast**d…a short arse name philip yeo and said this shorty was getting too big for his shoes…spend BILLIONS on BioTech and claim a graduate is fit to only wash Test Tube opening doors for million dollar FTs to fill a Talent Gap on how to IMPROVE Genetic Engineering that includes bringing a party that Cloned Dolly the Sheep…to Clone a Bastard now dead and the Husband and wife team lest after a year…most likely NOT agreeing to clone another Hitler…

    Doc Deserve to be in Parliament again under a different Flag…and the NS soldiers of yore will BACK him to the HILT as they did in the Presidential Election

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  • LHL is not a smart ass....:

    its best for the PAP to retire into their sunset years, call it a day and leave the problem to the 30% to settle…

    the 30% wanted this right…

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  • blur fug sotong:

    Your dreamland “credibility harvesting” is without basis since Votes for governing is different from votes for “ceremonial presidency”. Your reliant on that is “fug blur stipid”. As someone said;

    A candidate neither here nor there, will not get my vote regardless of the records.

    How about a chaos restructuring into another “paypay”, with oppo party name same? You never know cause we still don’t know. And we don’t need to remind you that this is in “Politic” arena.

    Lim Tean challenged 4:1 and I am sure he will win over. He should be in Parliament now to be serving the nation.

    Is not about just winning, is about the right party with the correct frame of mind to serve the nation and to win. Is about the able person to lead the nation.

    Bock should avoid thinning and stay as backstage tutor as he had indicated. He may stage appearance to garner support.

    blur fug oppo supporters: once again tre oppie supporters are bery stupid.

    getting bock onto oppo’s side is about harnessing, credibility, support and grab votes and not about “on my tien” is the better speaker with quick witted english.

    want to support tien end up make yourself look stupid. stfu lah!

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  • 2 PAP:

    Based on 2 PAP, select one record is kind of silly isn’t it?

    blur fug oppo supporters: once again tre oppie supporters are bery stupid.

    getting bock onto oppo’s side is about harnessing, credibility, support and grab votes and not about “on my tien” is the better speaker with quick witted english.

    want to support tien end up make yourself look stupid. stfu lah!

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  • LIONS:

    There is only ONE WAY for oppo sgs to win big.
    And,that is,an oppo alliance.
    Without a true patriotic coalition,there will be scant success.

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  • Forget about WP!:

    Just round up 40 respectable Singaporeans and contest the next GE!

    Win and then decide if WP can join you!

    By then, you either be Gahment or at least a balanced Parliament.

    The Whites cannot ‘suka suka’ introduced new laws as they like!

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  • waste of time zzz:

    he lost by a slim margin previously.. after that he was excluded in the reserved election.. so you think the pappies will let him play ball again? nah.

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  • a PG:

    Other than our good Dr Tan Cheng Bock, what about the other former MPs who spoke against their party in Parliament during the earlier years. Where are they, esp those still in good health, to come forward, and perhaps form another party with Dr Tan. This is a good chance for them as well to do a comeback. Perhaps, our readers can come out with a name list of the previous MPs who can still contribute.

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  • Follow Clement's Suggestion...:

    Singaporeans should identify 40 individuals who they think, are deserving to be in Parliament.

    Dr Tan Cheng Bock should then endorsed and support them in their journey into Parliament through the ballot box.

    Do not aim too big, take a step at a time!

    Deprive the ruling party a two-third majority and half the battle will be won.

    It will take at least two more General Elections before we can see a change in Gahment.

    Singaporeans wants more Opposition MPs in Parliament after the next GE as the ‘happenings in 2017 and 2018′ have dampened the People’s trust in today’s Gahment!

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