Having 5 judges instead of 3 points to importance of Constitutional challenge on Elected Presidency

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Writing in his Facebook, Dr Tan Chang Bock said that having 5 judges hear his appeal on the legitimacy of the upcoming Presidential Election reserved for Malay candidates points to the importance of the Constitutional challenge. In early july, the High Court rejected Dr Tan Cheng Bock’s application.

Besides having his appeal dismissed, Dr Tan was also attacked for having “selfish” and “self-serving” motives by Deputy Attorney General Hri Kumar Nair – a former Member of Parliament from the PAP. Dr Tan described Mr Hri’s attack on him as a “hit below the belt”. Dr Tan, a former People’s Action Party MP himself, charged that the the Deputy Attorney General was delving “into dangerous racial politics”. he pointed out that his challenge in the Court was about upholding the Constitution of Singapore.

The Deputy AG hit me below the belt, Tan Cheng Bock

The appeal will be heard on 31 July, 10 am, at the Supreme Court. Five judges, instead of the usual 3, are set to decide on the appeal by Dr Tan. The 5 judges hearing the appeal are Chief Justice Sunderesh Menon, Judge of Appeal Judith Prakash, Judge of Appeal Steven Chong, Justice Chua Lee Ming and Justice Kannan Ramesh.

Besides saying that it is significant for 5 judges hear his appeal, Dr Tan also welcomed the involvement of the Chief Justice (CJ) in the appeal.

“Some have asked whether the CJ should hear this case since he chaired the Constitutional Commission that recommended the reserved elections. Last week, the Court wrote to the AG and my lawyers asking if parties have any objections if the CJ sat at the hearing. Both sides said there were none.
I welcome CJ’s involvement. In my view, no other judge knows more about the subject than the CJ. It is therefore proper and beneficial to Singaporeans that he is available to address questions on the reserved election scheme and its spirit and purpose.” – Dr Tan

38 COMMENTS

  1. Dr TCB isnt an ex-artillery officer;q he certainly isnt a Brigadier-Gen too, & i dun think he is as scared of fire-crackers as a certain son.
    How come he got the MORAL COURAGE to go Court prove his case…. unlike the son facing siblings’ accusation he abused power?
    Dr TCB got something that son dun have?

  2. I see the importance of this appeal and the final judgement as it throws open whether the setting of an Elected President when it came to pass is now a case of law but not serving a party in government self serving. This was the very reason that LKY mooted the bill to prevent the government of the day to take control as it is seemingly looking now

    We are watching what this appeal will show the impartiality

  3. A magnanimous man of integrity indeed. There is no one from the white camp that comes close in comparison to him. All are just self serving.

  4. Singapore is all about multi racialism and racial harmony. I still think that a President can be from any racial as he is a Singaporean. Reserving the high office position of President for a certain racial unit defeats the meaning of One Nation and One Singaporean practice that has brought so much success to our tiny Island country. Singapore must be seen as selecting the best irrespective of race,language or religion to represent the people. If we divert and reserve positions for certain ethnic group than we Nee to look at re-writing our National Pledge as it’s meaning and purpose is defeated. We should also look at the meaning of the Red and white,the Crescent and the Five Stars as it’s true meaning is being challenged or compromised.
    Come on you ‘big wigs’ wake up and think about the consequences.

  5. Judges are just ordinary people too. They are not Gods. Feel ones’ conscience before doing things. Feel our “Heart” and we will be doing right or wrong. Always remember there are Karmas.

  6. If he is looking for a fair judgement for this case, he probably will fail. But if he wants to show the world singapore judiciary system is a joke with especially with the TOP 5 judges, he will most likely succeed.

  7. 10 judges also useless, a bapok already decided even before it started. Simply futile. Only hope is a quick relapse to break the familee chain.

  8. But that’s how DOGS attack humans!

    Contrast Dr Tan with that dog by comparing what Dr Tan said about the inclusion of the CJ in the panel of 5 judges. He shows his sense of fair play and interest for the well being of the country whereas that dog serves only to please the one who gives him his bone, albeit a mighty meaty bone!

  9. Shouldn’t the fifth judge also be a malay? The fifth baby born must be a malay, the fifth word coming out of the PM mouth must be in malay. His fifth meal must be malay food. The fifth changed outfit must be traditional malay clothing and the fifth of etc etc etc must all be malay’s.. What fucking stupid logic! Instead of having the best capable being in charge or get elected to take care of all be these be the disadvantaged minority or majority, you think picking a lesser being but one that fit into “feel good” skin color is fair? You now than make it seemed like ok for 4 prezs they will primarily look after the Chinese interests then come an Indian prez who will/can then be all things pro Indians, then come a Malay prez who can then be allowed to practise nepotism toward Malays? If not why the fuck do we care what race is the elected prez gonna be except that he she is the best for the job?

  10. By 31 July 17, we shall know whether we have a neutral n fair Singapore judiciary system. Please recite the Singapore pledge 10 times before court of appeal starts

  11. Reserved election does seems a favor to minority .. because of this RE comes the issue whether the candidate a pure malay at birth or ic only shows malay .. den Govt deflect it so well that as long belong to malay community .. let it be open We malay knows our place here .. one nation one sigapore , no need reserve election

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