Singapore

Tan Cheng Bock: Don't jump to conclusions

Don't jump to the conclusion that changes to the elected presidency are meant to keep him out, Dr Tan Cheng Bock told his supporters yesterday.

Dr Tan, 72, one of the four candidates in the 2011 election, lost narrowly to President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

He had earlier announced his intention to run again in the election, due next year.

But under the proposed changes to the Elected Presidency in the Constitutional Commission's report released on Wednesday, Dr Tan will no longer be qualified to contest.

Many Singaporeans have expressed their concern about this, he wrote in a Facebook post yesterday.

"I have been kept busy assuring them that the Constitutional Commission Report will be tabled in Parliament in the form of a White Paper on (Thursday).

"Parliament will debate it, make amendments, support it, or even reject it.

"We should not jump into conclusion that the whole exercise was to prevent me from running."

And he added: "After all, the people in charge are men of virtue and integrity and would not resort to doing this."

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