Dr Tan Cheng Bock announces intention to enter politics in 2019

Dr Tan Cheng Bock with Dr Chee Soon Juan

Former Presidential Candidate Dr Tan Cheng Bock has announced that he is retiring as a doctor and will be involving himself more actively in politics.

Making the announcement on New Years Eve (31st Dec), the would-have-been President said that although he is retiring as a doctor, retirement is not really an option for him but that he is “merely switching his role from serving patients to serving people”.

Dr Tan said that that the country and the peoples’ welfare are his top priority and that he looks forward to serve Singapore “in a new way in this new season of life”, confirming his intended move into active politics.

Hanging up my stethoscope

After a fruitful 50 years as a doctor, I hang up my stethoscope today for good.

Practising medicine is one of my great joys in life. I especially remember with fondness, my time as a village doctor in Lim Chu Kang. I opened my clinic “Ama Keng Clinic ” in 1971 in a village of attap and zinc roof houses. Its villagers grew vegetables in small plots and reared pigs in their backyards. Water came from wells and standpipes. Lighting was poor as most homes did not have electricity. Only a single main road was lit. But the villagers managed with kerosene lamps – and I once even delivered a baby in the dim kerosene lamp light.

The villagers were simple, honest people – many struggling to make ends meet. So I became more than a doctor, by helping them in family feuds, land disputes and writing letters to government departments. Those were such interesting times!

Later a big resettlement exercise uprooted the whole village and surrounding areas. The villagers were relocated to many parts of the island. It was extremely traumatic and painful for many, whose only life skill was farming. Countless multi generational households were broken up. They suffered anxiety and depression settling into HDB flats. Now the village is no more and overgrown with secondary forest.

When I moved my practice to the HDB heartlands, my old patients continued to look for me. Thank you for playing such a big part in my life.

In these last few weeks, I have had the pleasure of meeting many of these old patients who came to wish me well. They asked me what I plan to do, now that I have retired from medicine.

I tell them that retirement is not an option for me I am merely switching my role from serving patients to serving people. I always say that medicine is my love, but politics is my calling.

The country and the peoples’ welfare are my top priority.

I look forward to serving Singapore in a new way in this new season of life.

Happy New Year 2019

Earlier in July, Dr Tan was invited to lead the various opposition parties as a coalition, a move spearheaded by Singapore Democratic Party, but he has yet to announce his decision.

When queried as to his thoughts on the proposed coalition, Dr Tan had then remarked that he would regret it “if I had the chance to make a difference, but did nothing“, indicating the possibility of him returning to politics.

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.

Currently, it is not known if Dr Tan would be forming a new political party or joining an existing opposition party.

 

 

 

 

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37 Responses to “Dr Tan Cheng Bock announces intention to enter politics in 2019”

  • Regime change in 2019:

    This is good news indeed for Singaporeans (and a bad one for PAP). I hope Dr Tan can unite opposition parties and beat PAP to the pulp at the next GE. No more “LKY effect” in GE2019. It is payback time for LHL’s stupidity and incompetence.

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  • All the best to dr tcb:

    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).
    …………….
    Dear Doc,
    You are still young sir..78years young!
    Look at Dr M our neighbour in Msia..93years young and still on the ball!

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  • Majullah Harapan Singapura:

    With Dr. Tan seriously taking up active politics, Singaporeans can look forward to a better and a more democratic Singapore. Let’s all whom are fed up with PAP, welcome Dr. Tan to lead us away from the Dishonourable Son regime.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    “merely switching his role from serving patients to serving people”.

    @Dr. Tan; please do it quick before all the people you would be serving, become your patients. Under the current PAP government one can die but cannot be sick.

    You have a chance to make the difference now no need to say; “I would regret it if I had the chance to make a difference, but did nothing”.

    We need you!!!

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  • a PG:

    This is one big breaking news all of us are waiting to hear from Uncle Dr Tan Cheng Bock. We need brave men to come out and save our country. I hope more prominent citizens to come forward, including the oppos. We must step up the gears quickly.

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  • Trust only myself:

    Dr Tan is a better choice to lead/mentor politicians who is really willing to serve the people, than one wooden guy who only wanted to ensure more liars continue to serve his party…..

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  • LIONS:

    Happy New Year,Doctor.
    Best news for a BRIGHTER ERA AHEAD.

    THANKS for serving the nation.
    The nation needs CHANGE.

    GOD BLESS YOU N THE OPPO.

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  • Mike:

    That “third/fourth-rate” politician comment is one result of five decades of brain-washing; Dr. Tan CB probably knows this.

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  • Bapak:

    If LHY is willing to join TCB, is would be a double whammy explosive news to double down on Pick Panty. The beginning of the end of PAP has began with TCB hanging up his stethoscope.

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  • Pakatan Singapura:

    the time is right.

    the daring wins.

    clown pap is so rotten even anyone, rich or poor, weak or strong, tall or short, wins if stand against sleeping pap parleeementarians.

    we are old. but as long as we have breath, and eligible to vote, we vote OPPOSITION. we give our votes to any OPPOSITION. as long as not pap sleeping parleeementarians, we give our votes.

    inside 200m is not within 200m? INDIAN is malay? can such a lying government be allowed to continue? the simple answer is, NO.

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  • MarBowling:

    With Dr Tan CB coming out of retirement from being a Good Doctor and PROMISE to SERVE the nation and the people will be the BEST GIFT he has given to us! Thank you, Dr Tan!

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  • tan chec:

    This PAP needs ex PAP members to come together to fight it.

    It no longer serves the people but itself, Pinky and Empress H.

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  • 姨肝鱿:

    看武侠小说时,又老又丑又脏又臭的老头往往是有盖世武功的世外高手。

    看来这个老头子也相信这一套,更糟的是他以为他就是那个高手。

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  • Join Cheng Bock:

    All West Coast residents should join Cheng Bock and vote him in to lead the oppo!

    After saying this, other residents should also vote Sdp, the People’s voice party and WP as well. Without the others support Cheng Bock May have to put on his stethoscope again, right?

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  • N.Jungne:

    @Dr. Tan this time is different, you have made the diff (a full-timer). And I’m quite sure the other 7 is waiting for you.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    The Wind of Change is Blowing Hard…let us the Patriots and fellow Singaporeans with Eyes Wide Open Ride along with it..instead of going into a Rainbow created by a Bastard with Full of SHIT!!!

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  • Cheng Bok pl remember:

    Cheng Bok good to speak out n make your 2019 Promises BUT we your temporary know you strong plp tie with the traitorous party. We have witnessed u have wayang like your former Biws. When we started to believe that you have picked up your bits of integrity which you have shattered when u succumbed to be plp of LKY, n when your year schoolmate GCT succumbed for reasons only you n the former RI scout mates well knew but didn’t help to strengthened him but let him slipped to be the number one political Nation Traitor of Singapore to help bring in the evil nepotic regime of a man who vowed publicly to deal with all those opposing him n his policy as his enemy n his breeding n nurturing a gang of immoral faith offending herd of bootlickers, brownosers n polanpas on citizens expense n misfortune. U subscribed to the traitorous mindless import of foreigners to the level it is compromising the national security n making a joke of National Service n a mockery of the national pledge, anthem n injurious to the commitment of all NSmen.
    We your contemporary r willing to give u another chance BUT do promise this time on some entity that is dearest to u that you will not be a soh tow wukui 8(head shrinking tortoise upon the slightest sign of danger n more importantly u would denounced your plp tie to the nepotism n condemn their evil policy of For SELF, Polanpas, Foreigners n against Singaporeans Policy. Do publicly state your real n no more plp wayang on the ludicrous high Ministers salary n benefits, the ridiculous MP retirement benefits n the foreigners import esp the Singaporeans:Foreigners ratio. These r the pressing issues apart from the cost n standard of living n a no fuss roof over each citizen head as promised by Mr Lim KS n Dr Goh KS not just to one generation but for all generations. If u do just that in real personal integrity with no frills or wayang but real service as a patriot, then there may be hope to redeem your past evils in aiding the nepotist n willing to debased as a polanpa. We wish u good luck n hope that u have sufficient moral strength to achieve what a patriot, n statesman should. Nepotic pursuit is evil n would undoubtedly leave a lasting stench in the history of Singapore.

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  • Bystander:

    Hurray TCB, whack the white monkeys, furious over the high costs of living and the impending 2% GST hike, while they are living the high life with $m extravagant pay doing mediocre work.
    Yes, we are fuming.

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  • opposition dude:

    All the best Dr Tan! We hope to see you in parliament again with a lot more opposition figures this year!

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  • My $8 heart bypass:

    Dr Tan should be in the Istana, instead we have that Prata woman turned Nasi Lemak Mak chik, courtesy of the PAPIGS dirty tricks.

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  • bgkl:

    Dr. Tan, please give that chao pinky his most-deserved medicine for the gut. His prescription is loong overdue!

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  • 亞高:

    姨肝鱿:
    看武侠小说时,又老又丑又脏又臭的老头往往是有盖世武功的世外高手。

    看来这个老头子也相信这一套,更糟的是他以为他就是那个高手。

    是吗?93岁的马哈迪不是高手?93-78=15 93老马是高手78清木年青15年,肯定是高高的高手,你不同意?家有一老如有一宝,陈医生將马医生在马国版本搬到狮城,才是高高手。你应欢呼才对。

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  • 陈大婶:

    陈医生,身强体壮。祝:马到成功 。

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  • Tan Cannot make it:

    Is his thinking the same as when he was PAP MP ?
    If so, he should have criticised in parliament and not when he left PAP.
    PARLIAMENT IS THE PROPER PLACE .
    SO, IS HE REALLY ULTRUISTIC OR HAS AN AXE TO GRIND ?

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  • Credible team:

    Hope he will draw out capable men to form a team with a credible alternative…a true two-party system of Government.

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  • 阿猪:

    陈大婶:
    陈医生,身强体壮。祝:马到成功 。

    明年猪年,那里会有马?

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  • 姨肝鱿:

    亞高: 是吗?93岁的马哈迪不是高手?93-78=15 93老马是高手78清木年青15年,肯定是高高的高手,你不同意?家有一老如有一宝,陈医生將马医生在马国版本搬到狮城,才是高高手。你应欢呼才对。

    阿高,照阿!

    完全同意马哈迪是个高手,不过却是个高明的政治操盘手!

    政权是到手了,但他拿得出他竞选时所允诺的牛肉吗?

    政治观察家认为,他正在籌组巫統2,司马懿之心,不必再详细介绍了!

    这老头子要学老马?太好了!现执政党根本不需要朋友了!

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  • numico:

    hopefully they dun suka suka change “goal post” loh…eg, age limit for contesting, minimum sum for managing company blah…

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  • Cheng Bok:

    Cheng Bok, ‘nice to hear u r finally coming out n loud that u r going full steam into SIN politics which since your year schoolmate Goh CT for some strange fear, which only he n some of his buddies may know n many young Singaporeans may benefit if he would tell it all publicly, succumbed to the filth of absolute power in the hand of an extreme egoist n helped him to put a finishing touch to his evil plot towards nepotic regime. This would not have d if lky/pap did not capitalised on the highly irresponsible n stupid mass walk out of the Parliament of the baridan socialist led by moron Lee SC to secure absolute power which lky was able to use it n i’t
    o promote his nepotic agenda

    Chenh Bok, u were an intehral part of the evil self ratifying n selg glorifying nepotic regime until u were forcifully retired by the more arrogant, hungrier, greedier n more aggrssive ns 3Rd pap degeneration n not resigned from the evil regime. Your ties n plp behavior r reflected in the several occassion re u gabbled like TK n LCY adversely of the incompetent imbercile leadership n policy, but each time u n shrankn d thus till the coast is clear, We the 76 -,79 y r really hoping this time is for real n that u have shed your plp instinct n the tortoise head shrinking reflex at the slightest sign of problem/danger. Do remember e r many in your age group who r capable n successful in their profession n career with only one difference unwilling to plp evils. If u r really thinking of serving with genuine dedication the people n pledging not wayanging your loyalty to the Nation n not to some bombastic shithead or a gang f greed nepotists n plps.
    u can rest assured many like us r there to support u if their experise n service r required
    Just say n they will be there to help n then fade away if u r genuine n true to your words n not pap wayang grbages.

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  • old man:

    Glad to hear this…Dr Tan will receive great support from the ground including myself if you stand for election.

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  • KNN:

    For those who doubt TCB’s sincerity, please go to the library and read the Hansard, recording of all Singapore parliament discussions & debates. TCB frequently asked critical questions about policies & asked ministers to explain why. He once argued so hard with LKY that LKY basically told TCB to shut up, in front of all other ministers & MPs in parliament.

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  • 陈大婶:

    阿猪: 明年猪年,那里会有马?

    您这番话,360度,里看,似,上上籤。

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Tan Cannot make it:
    Is his thinking the same as when he was PAP MP ?
    If so, he should have criticised in parliament and not when he left PAP.
    PARLIAMENT IS THE PROPER PLACE .
    SO, IS HE REALLY ULTRUISTIC OR HAS AN AXE TO GRIND ?

    He did bro on numerous occasions and that was why he was never roped into the cabinet NOT even when his scouting mate was PM the seat-warmer… if he agreed or voted in favour it was because the whip was not lifted.

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  • where got really altruistic:

    //If so, he should have criticised in parliament and not when he left PAP.
    PARLIAMENT IS THE PROPER PLACE .
    SO, IS HE REALLY ULTRUISTIC OR HAS AN AXE TO GRIND ?//

    really ? where got really altruistic, every decision a person makes involves trade off lar ? you really altruistic meh by coming here to comment ?

    or for any matter those multi-millions dollar white idiots really altruistic meh (altruistic about having to be paid millions to serve the country ?) and still making all the policies affecting us now and in the future ?

    or would you prefer an “insider” who left (or “told” to leave or “kicked” out) because he disagreed with the white idiots – and all the better, an “insider” who can disagree more freely outside the white cage (having to be bound by strict party rules that they may have ‘signed’ for ?).

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  • Where are yu?:

    George Yu Yu wanted to speak for Singaporean in the Parliament – yur battlecry before defeat ;staying in HK is not doing this for Singapore ? Singapore is now already 2nd rated country lacking in creativity and innovation ; it is now a lame sleeping puppy doing daily grind lacking in energy and running out of steam . So General -step up and win this war.

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  • Spring TCB:

    TCB bring the rainbow to Singapore and remove all the blood sucking deadwood

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  • Unity Is Strength:

    Lee Hsien Yang should make an attempt. He has nothing to lose.

    Lim Tien and Leong Sze Hian should also join force with Dr Tan Cheng Bock.

    We wish them well. We will definitely vote for them and Dr Tan Cheng Bock.

    The 30.1% will definitely vote for them. They would probably gain another 20% swing voters.

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