Still unclear whether PE2017 will be walkover as Nomination Day is announced

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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has issued a writ for the Presidential Election this year, with Nomination Day set to take place at the People’s Association auditorium on King George’s Avenue 13 September, between 11am and 12 noon.

This election will be reserved for candidates from the Malay community. Three individuals have indicated their interest to contest the election thus far – former Speaker of Parliament and minority Member of Parliament for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC Halimah Yacob, founding chairman and CEO of Second Chance Properties Mohamed Saleh Marican and Bourbon Offshore Asia Pacific chairman Farid Khan.

On Nomination Day, presidential hopefuls must submit a $43,500 deposit, a Certificate of Eligibility, a Community Certificate certifying that he/she belongs to the Malay community, and a Political Donation Certificate.

If there is more than 1 qualified candidate, a 10-day campaign period will be triggered followed by Polling Day on 23 September.

There has been widespread speculation that both Salleh Marican and Farid Khan may not be able to contest the election, possibly leading to a walkover by establishment favourite Halimah Yacob.

Both the men do not fulfill the requirement for private sector candidates who must meet a minimum $500 million shareholder equity threshold required to qualify as a contestant.

Over the last 3 financial years, Salleh Marican’s company registered between $254.3 and $263.25 million, while Farid Khan is reported to handle $408 million.

Interestingly, the minimum shareholder equity amount was increased from $100 million from previous elections to $500 million only from April this year.

This means that Salleh Marican and Farid Khan can only contest if they are cleared by the Presidential Elections Committee (PEC), which has the authority to grant both men discretionary eligibility.

149 COMMENTS

  1. Darth Vader: “Join me & we shall rule the Empire as father & son!”
    Luke Skywalker: “NOOOOOOOOOOO!”
    *Wonder Woman”: “I’m rigging an election but I need a Malay becoz I c that Chinese ah pek buay song.”
    Indian woman: “My NRIC says I’m Indian but I dun mind being a Malay.”

  2. Halimah Yacob already says she has no back up plan. You think she will step down from PAP and as speaker if she’s not assured of the presidency? Please, there’s no uncertainty. The other two candidates can dream all they want – they will NOT qualify! The govt will make sure of that.

  3. If there is a walkover in the PE then I would say it will be a shame on this PAP government. Why??1. The three prospects are not Malay. 2. $500 million is not a real criteria because this figure has been just plucked from the air so as to disqualify candidates. Singapore’s GDP was more than $400 billion is 2016 and the president does not handle this amount except receiving million during his term to serve.

  4. The PAP government don’t have a capable person to come forward to contest against TCB, so change the Constitution to block other to contest. Last PE Tony Tan just won by a very narrow win, PAP just doesn’t want to see it happened this time. LHL is preparing for himself after Halimah next President will be LHL.

  5. Among the 3 candidates, clearly Mdm is the most qualified. And it’s unfortunate we have to come to such a pathetic state knowing there are better qualified candidates who are unable to contest.

  6. The 500 million owners equity is rather ridiculous and any contender will not be deemed qualified enough even if they have managed a 200million company.
    Ong Teng Cheong would never have qualified for presidency if he had not been in politics and under the PAP. His Ong & Ong could never make the mark.
    Nathan would never make the mark if he has come from the private sector.

    I have nothing against Halimah. She’s a serious person, has shown her tenacity and commitment with her feet both on the ground. If she had not been from the union, stat board or state agencies, would she still make the nomination? I doubt so.

    It’s nice retirement plan.
    This is not an election, it’s handed on plate.

  7. PE 2017 LAI LIAO ! LET’S HELP PAP STRONGEST OPPONENT TO GARNER MORE VOTES !

    Pls CIRCULATE this message to ppl around you on FB/ Watsapp/ Ground.

    PAP has ELIMINATED its biggest threat Dr Tan Cheng Bock by making PE 2017 a Reserved Malay Presidency.

    Singaporeans will see a Multi Cornered Fight in PE 2017 aimed to SPLIT PAP Strongest Opponent Votes just like Tan Jee Say and Tan Kin Lian were qualified to contest to SPLIT PAP Strongest Opponent Dr Tan Cheng Bock votes in PE 2011.

    1) Singaporeans who PREVIOUSLY BOYCOTT GE/ PE WON’T RECEIVE POLL CARDS & CAN’T VOTE FOR PE 2017 unless you REINSTATE your names with the Election Department. See below poster for Election Department contact number.

    2) REMEMBER TO STOP BOYCOTT, SPOIL & SPLIT VOTES !

    VOTE PAP STRONGEST OPPONENT to DENY PAP HALIMAH !

    ****NOTE – PE 2011, BOYCOTT & SPOIL VOTES 156,233 (6.87%) & SPLIT VOTES of 29.95% (Tan Jee Say & Tan Kin Lian) caused Dr Tan Cheng Bock LOST by 0.35% (7382 votes) !! **** See below Posters

    ****NOTE – BOYCOTT & SPOIL VOTES are Not Protest, Not Neutral but Help PAP Halimah to win ! *** See below Posters

    3) READ PE 2017 QUESTIONS TIME

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1292939227482551&id=100002994593056&pnref=story

    https://www.facebook.com/ang.bob.5/posts/1309789075797566

    4) NON PAP CANDIDATE – MOHAMED SALLEH MARICAN PLEDGE TO DONATE $9.24M SALARY TO CHARITY IF ELECTED. READ MORE DETAILS HERE

    Read Mohamed Salleh Marican – Second Chance Boss

    https://www.facebook.com/ang.bob.5/posts/1309206689189138

    https://www.facebook.com/ang.bob.5/posts/1309233479186459

    *** VERY IMPORTANT NOTE WHICH MANY VOTERS ARE UNWARE *** MAKE SURE YOUR TICK/ X MARK IS CLEAR IN THE CORRECT BOX OF THE BALLOT PAPER. ANY ACCIDENTAL “SMALL” SCRATCH MARK/ DOT IN OTHER BOX OF THE BALLOT PAPER IS “CONSIDERED” SPOIL VOTE !!! This often happen to Seniors/ People with shaky hands.

  8. I will not vote for Hamliah Yacob, her hesitation on the decision to run for this election shows no commitment and that her decision to run is not hers. FYI, I feel that this PE Is a sham. Using race as a criteria to appoint a head of state is just wrong, we talk about racial harmony and all and yet the government pull such stunts. The criteria should be any singaporean born in singapore who feels that he/she is fit and have the ability is eligible to run for presidency.

  9. Don’t even need nomination day.If there is a nomination day is only for show.The returning officer will say one word,both candidates are not eligible.Do not meet PAP criteria.Haha there goes our holiday.

    • Seriously, Halimah do not qualified the conditions of the PE. 1. She is a Indian by birth. 2. She is NOT a CEO of a 500 millions company or experience to run a 500 millions company. 3. She had never been in the financial industry, without any experience how to steer Singapore forward or be the head of the nation. 4. She is a Pap loyalist, stoping opposition in parliament from asking tough questions. 5. Can she be trusted to hold the second key to Singapore reserved fund? With all this unanswered questions who qualified her to stand for the coming PE? LKY?

    • She is the chosen one.Run a $500 million dollar company before or not is ok in The Eye of the government.What they need is someone who just take your salary every month and shut up

  10. Wayang to the max! When e show started everybody knows e ending …. reminded me of the teddy tubbies land ….lulu…lala…popo ….heehee …we love u …… for audience 3 to 5 years old !!

  11. I am surprised that the Malay community have not felt patronised and insulted by the reserved PE and have not boycotted it by saying they will play no part in it unless it is a fair and open election.

  12. shame to People who are well educated does not even know the meaning of Elected President. To us OTC was the first elected President. PAP will do anything to bent the rules to favour them. Time for 69.9% Singaporean to wake up.

  13. Anticipated Liao …. the Malay , Indian … Chinese ? Aiyah dunnoe what race she is lah …. will definitely win . You think a person will be so stupid enough to resigned from the grassroots and go into such risk if she ain’t promised the post ? Not elected then how , go neighbouring Hawker sell Mee rebus ah ?

    • Don’t forget Temasek holdings have lots of investment
      If she lost in this election, she will be CEO of Temasek subsidiary company
      When George Yeo lost Aljunied GRC, LKY offered him a high post related to Temasek holdings

  14. What does Halima know about finances? What finance she handled as Legal officer in NTUC or as Speaker of the House? If the 2 are not qualfied on financial ground, she is the worst. A businessman with years of running successful business makes more sense than rubber stamp back benchers.

  15. It’s an openly and disgusting RIGGED PE by one bloody bastard politician. Now China already shows disrespect to him for destroying the legancy his father Mr Lee KY had built over the years (hope this bastard still remember his father name).

    What the fuvk president candidate need to have a shareholder equity of 500mil in a private sector company, where the main role of the president is to maintain the system in parliment house in order. There is no minor link at all

  16. Either three corner fight
    Cannot be two fight
    Likely walk over
    Everyone should know the answer already and having the same answer and only one answer

    Go ahead to plan for your September holiday

  17. LSL so confident Halimah is the president singaporeans want… let Tan Cheng Bok stand for election…both ex PAP…There must be no walkover… We csn do without a president…

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