Saturday, 1 October 2016

Public Forum on Elected Presidency cancelled due to poor response

Public Forum on Elected Presidency
REACH will be organising a public forum to engage Singaporeans on the Review of the Elected Presidency System. Singaporeans are welcome to give their views at the session to be hosted by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, and Mr Chee Hong Tat, Minister of State, Ministry of Communications & Information and Ministry of Health.

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REACH Singapore Like This Page · September 9
Want to share your views on the review of the Elected Presidency or listen to other fellow Singaporeans’ views? Join us at our Public forum, chaired by Minister for Home Affairs and Law, K Shanmugam and Minister of State, Communications & Information and Health, Chee Hong Tat on Thursday, 29 September, 7-9pm

Sign up at www.reach.gov.sg/eppublicforum29sep

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REACH Singapore 12 hrs
Dear Contributors,

Due to poor response for the REACH Public Forum, REACH has decided to cancel the public forum on 29 Sep. The notice of cancellation was made on 28 Sep. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

In response to queries, we confirm that we do not have any registration under the name of Dr Tan Cheng Bock for this dialogue.

Thank you.

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REACH cancels EP forum due to lack of interest

The 1st of a series of public forums organised by REACH to engage Singaporeans on their views on the changes to the Elected Presidency (EP) was cancelled just a day prior to the event due to "poor response".

The forum, which was to have been led by Minister for Home Affairs & Law, Mr K Shanmugam, & Minister of State for Health and Communications and Information, Mr Chee Hong Tat, was supposed to take place on Thursday (Sep 29) evening. REACH cancelled the event on Wednesday.

Former presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock, who had registered for the event, posted on Facebook on Thursday to express his disappointment that it was not taking place. He said: “Minister Shanmugam was due to speak and I wanted to hear what he had to say.”

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Tan Cheng Bock takes issue over cancelled REACH forum

Former presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock has taken issue over the cancellation of a public forum on the Elected Presidency (EP).

The forum, which was set to be the 1st in a series of public REACH dialogues on the EP, was slated to take place on Thursday evening. It was, however, cancelled by REACH citing “poor response” from the public. Minister for Home Affairs & Law K Shanmugam, & Minister of State for Health & Communications & Information Chee Hong Tat, were due to take part in the forum.

“I was looking forward to attending a REACH public forum on the Presidential Election set for today,” said Dr Tan in a Facebook post. “Minister Shanmugam was due to speak & I wanted to hear what he had to say. I registered my attendance last week and was happy to receive a confirmation for my attendance. I was planning to attend with a few friends & family.”

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Tan Cheng Bock disappointed over forum's cancellation
Former MP & presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock expressed disappointment at the cancellation of a public forum on the elected presidency, which he said he had signed up to attend

Former MP & presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock expressed his disappointment in a Facebook post yesterday at the cancellation of a public forum on the elected presidency, which he said he had signed up to attend.

Dr Tan, who ran for the presidency in 2011 & expressed interest in contesting the next one, said he had registered last week for the event, which was scheduled to be held yesterday.

But the forum organiser, Government feedback unit Reach, said in a post on its Facebook page yesterday that the event was cancelled because of poor response, and a cancellation notice was released on Wednesday. It added: "In response to queries, we confirm that we do not have any registration under the name of Dr Tan Cheng Bock for this dialogue."

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Tan Cheng Bock disappointed forum on elected presidency cancelled; organisers say response was poor
Dr Tan Cheng Bock expressed his disappointment that a forum on the elected presidency was cancelled. ST FOTO: MARK CHEONG

Former MP & presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock expressed his disappointment in a Facebook post at the cancellation of a public forum on the elected presidency, which he said he signed up to attend.

Dr Tan, who ran for the presidency in 2011, said in the post on Thursday (Sep 29) that he registered last week for the forum.

It was scheduled to be held on Thursday, but he learnt on Wednesday that the forum was being cancelled due to poor response.

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Reach cancels feedback forum on elected presidency cancel forum citing reason of “poor response”

Government feedback portal, REACH, had scheduled to hold a public forum on the controversial amendments to the elected presidency on 29 Sept but proceeded to cancel the event due to "poor response"

Minister of Home Affairs and Law K Shanmugan and Minister of State Chee Kong Tat was due to speak in the public forum which was supposed to be held at Furama City Centre, Grand Ballroom, between 6.30 to 9.00 pm.

TOC had registered to attend the event but was told that the event was cancelled just days after it sent a confirmation to attendees.

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Dr Tan Cheng Bock 14 hrs

I was looking forward to attending a REACH public forum on the Presidential Election set for today. Minister Shanmugam was due to speak and I wanted to hear what he had to say. I registered my attendance last week and was happy to receive a confirmation for my attendance. I was planning to attend with a few friends and family.

Unfortunately yesterday, l was disappointed to receive a message, that the forum was cancelled due to poor response.

This forum would have been a great platform for Singaporeans to seek clarification on the matter.

I would like to take this opportunity to encourage Singaporeans to register for these forums and actively participate in discussions on this and other important national issues.

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Dr Tan Cheng Bock added 2 new photos 10 hrs · Singapore

In response to REACH that I did not register?

I did register under my alias Adrian Tan which is in my NRIC, the registration also asked for my NRIC number, mobile, address, and occupation which I supplied.

My acceptance letter is attached, as well as my alias in my NRIC.

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Ming Li Tan Dear REACH

I am the daughter of Dr Tan Cheng Bock. For certain, the queries made to you this evening concern whether my father registered for your public forum.

I find it strange that you are implying that my father did not register at your event. Your registration portal asked for his NRIC name, NRIC No., Address, Date of Birth, Email, Mobile no., Gender and Occupaton. My father duly supplied all these particulars – yes, Adrian Tan is his NRIC name. Given the wealth of information and resources at your disposal, could you not check with him whether he in fact registered before posting your implied statement on Facebook that he did not register?

My father, who was the founding Chairman of your pre-cursor, the Feedback Unit, meant to attend as an ordinary public citizen together with his family. In fact, my brother, my husband and I were to accompany him, as all our registerations were confirmed by you. Given all the information you know, are you still implying that my father dd not register for this event?

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Top Comments

Dominic Ho: If the event was cancel due to poor response, how difficult is it to check that DR TCB IC number instead of implying that he lied about registering for the event. More effort required from REACH on this matter

Keng Ann Yap Dear Reach: Can you share with us what constitute a "poor" response ? I asked someone at the hotline yesterday around lunch time and he committed to "escalate" to an officer to call me and explain. Unfortunately I also got a "poor" response from Reach as no one attempt to reach me until now.

Tamil Selvam: I see so many comments here saying that the organiser cancelled because of dr Tan. i doubt our Govt will be so stupid to do so. In fact, it would have been a good opportunity for Shanmugam to debate Tan Cheng bock in open and win the hearts of people. I voted for Dr Tan at the last election but ever since he lost, I find him to have become megalomanical.

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Government’s feedback unit singles out Tan Cheng Bock

The Government’s Feedback Unit, REACH, was to have held a Public Forum on Presidential Election on 29 September 2016. The Law and Home Affairs Minister, K Shanmugam, was scheduled to address the participants at the Forum.

REACH however decided to cancel the event and said that it informed the registered participants on Wednesday (28 Sep) about the cancellation. It cited ‘poor response’ as the reason for the cancellation.

Dr Tan Cheng Bock, the candidate from the 2011 Presidential Election who lost the contest by a whisker, was one of the participants who had registered for the event.

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Public forum on Elected Presidency cancelled due to “poor response”

The first public forum to seek the views of Singaporeans on the fixing of the upcoming Elected Presidency election was cancelled due to “poor response”, according to the Singapore government.

The cancellation was made a day before the event. Law Minister K Shanmugam and Minister of State Chee Hong Tat were supposedly the paperweight for the propaganda monologue.

The “poor response” is however not a surprise as the Singapore government has already published a White Paper, pending approval by Parliament.

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PUBLIC FORUM ON PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CANCELLED AFTER DR TAN CHENG BOCK REGISTERS ATTENDANCE
Public Forum on Presidential Election Cancelled

I was looking forward to attending a REACH public forum on the Presidential Election set for today. Minister Shanmugam was due to speak and I wanted to hear what he had to say. I registered my attendance last week and was happy to receive a confirmation for my attendance. I was planning to attend with a few friends and family.

Unfortunately yesterday, l was disappointed to receive a message, that the forum was cancelled due to poor response.

This forum would have been a great platform for Singaporeans to seek clarification on the matter. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage Singaporeans to register for these forums and actively participate in discussions on this and other important national issues.

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Tan Cheng Bock's daughter slams REACH over post on cancelled EP forum

Prospective presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock’s daughter has slammed government feedback unit REACH after a public forum on the Elected Presidency (EP) was scrapped recently.

The dispute arose over whether Tan, 76, had indeed registered for a forum with Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shangmugam that was to be held on Thursday (29 September). It was cancelled due to “poor response”, said REACH.

In a Facebook post on Thursday evening, Tan lamented the cancellation of the forum as he had registered his attendance last week and had been looking forward to hearing Shanmugam speak.

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The Government should stop disqualifying Tan Cheng Bock time and time again

Seems like the government cannot stop itself from disqualifying Dr Tan Cheng Bock (TCB) and its honestly hilarious.

We all know that TCB does not qualify for the next EP because of the latest criteria.

However, TCB alleged that he is now disqualified to even attend a feedback forum for Elected Presidency! How dare the Government do this to him!

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Related: Law minister K Shanmugam singles out Tan Cheng Bock’s disqualification from presidency

Poor Tan Cheng Bock.

Without being explicitly mentioned in any official communication (and rightfully so) regarding the impending changes to the Elected Presidency, he was on Thursday singled out as clearly being “disqualified” from it under the potential updated criteria.

According to reporting by Channel NewsAsia, straight-talking law minister K Shanmugam volunteered Tan’s name on the topic, which was the subject of a community forum on the proposed changes outlined in the government’s White Paper on:

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“Sorry, Dr Tan Cheng Bock you are disqualified to stand in PE 2017” – Did Law Minister Shanmugam say that?

Referring to the comments of Law Minister K Shanmugam at a dialogue on the pending constitutional changes to the Elected Presidency, the 2011 presidential candidate Dr Tan Cheng Bock asked if the Minister had decided ahead of debate in parliament that the White Paper is law.

Channel NewsAsia reported on the dialogue and quoted the Minister answering to a question: “How will the Government respond to the view that all these changes are just to ensure that some individuals will not get elected?”

The Minister (as reported) said: “You might as well mention the name of Tan Cheng Bock… Dr Tan won’t qualify (under the new eligibility rules) because he didn’t actually run a company. He was (a) non-executive. And of course the company is not S$500m shareholders’ equity. So I think the key thing in this is to really, first leave aside the individual and look at the system. And ask yourself logically, whether… do we, as a Government, do what is right, based on the system, or do we worry (that) some people are going to say this is to knock out people we don’t like? You know, more than 1,000 people will qualify from the private sector. Do you think we know who they are and we can make sure that they are all going to be OK? It’s not possible.”

related: Cheng Bock and Shanmugam crossed swords once before in another debate on affirmative action

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Dr Tan Cheng Bock FB September 17 at 6:40pm

"Sorry, Dr Tan Cheng Bock you are disqualified to stand in PE 2017", says Minister Shanmugam

At a dialogue session on 15 September, a question was asked if the White Paper was directed at preventing certain individuals from running for the PE, Minister Shanmugam quoted my name.

He told the participants and singularly identified me although my name was not mentioned by the audience, that l cannot qualify under the new rule change.

Has he decided that the White Paper is law ahead of parliament debate? Is there some truth after all that the changes in the rules was to make sure l would not be eligible? It would be a sad day for Singaporeans if a Constitutional change was made because of an individual.

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On Tan Cheng Bock, mixed-race candidates: Singaporeans ask tough questions on the Elected Presidency review
Is the Government raising the qualifying criteria for presidential candidates to block certain individuals from contesting? In a reserved election for Malay candidates, would someone who is half-Malay qualify? These were among the questions Singaporeans asked at dialogue session on Thursday (Sep 15).

The dialogue, helmed by Law & Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam, is the 1st to be held after the Government released its White Paper on Thursday evening. It was attended by around 300 to 400 people in South East CDC. Here is a sample of what they wanted to know about the changes to the Elected Presidency scheme:
  • Q: How will the Government respond to the view that all these changes are just to ensure that some individuals will not get elected?
  • Mr Shanmugam: You might as well mention the name of Tan Cheng Bock .… Dr Tan won’t qualify (under the new eligibility rules) because he didn’t actually run a company. He was (a) non-executive. And of course the company is not S$500m shareholders' equity. So I think the key thing in this is to really, first leave aside the individual and look at the system. And ask yourself logically, whether... do we, as a Government, do what is right, based on the system, or do we worry (that) some people are going to say this is to knock out people we don't like? You know, more than 1,000 people will qualify from the private sector. Do you think we know who they are & we can make sure that they are all going to be OK? It’s not possible.

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A Tribute to Singapore’s First Elected President
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SM Emeritus Goh Chok Tong recognisd Ong Teng Cheong as Spore's 1st Elected President

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The National Library Board calls Ong Teng Cheong Singapore’s first president to be elected into office

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HistorySG, a government-run portal called Ong Teng Cheong the first elected president

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Our National Archives shows that Ong took part in and won Singapore’s first presidential election

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Then-Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong also called Ong Teng Cheong Singapore’s first elected president in a condolence letter to to Ong Teng Cheong’s wife on his passing in 2002

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The Istana website calls Ong Teng Cheong the first president to be popularly elected by the people

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Even international news calls Ong Teng Cheong Singapore’s first elected president

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So, government records say Ong Teng Cheong is Singapore’s first elected president

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