Tan Cheng Bock’s appeal hearing on 31 July to be open to public

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Dr Tan Cheng Bock has announced the date of his Court of Appeal hearing on his constitutional challenge against the reserved presidential election this year. The hearing, which is to be held on 31 July, will be open to members of the public.

Dr Tan filed an appeal last week, contesting the High Court’s rejection of his application challenging the legitimacy of the Presidential Election 2017 that is set to be a reserved one for Malay candidates.

The former MP had announced his intentions to contest the 2017 Presidential Election in March 2016. He had previously lost the last Presidential Election in 2011 by just 0.35% of votes.

In November 2016, Parliament announced new amendments to the elected presidential scheme and outlined that since there has not been a President from the Malay community for five consecutive terms, the 2017 election will be reserved for those from the Malay community.

In his constitutional challenge to the court, Dr Tan disputed the counting of the five consecutive terms and argued that if the AGC counts from President Ong Teng Cheong, Singapore’s first rightfully elected President instead of counting from President Wee Kim Wee who was an appointed president, this year’s PE would not need to be reserved in accordance to the new amendments.

Justice Quentin Loh ruled that, “Ultimately, since (the Constitution) does not fetter Parliament’s power … Parliament’s choice of (the first elected President) is a policy decision which falls outside the remit of the courts.”

Dr Tan responded that the Judge may have misconstrued the Constitutional provisions surrounding the matter.

In a new statement released yesterday, Dr Tan indicated that he will not pursue the matter if the Court of Appeal rejects his application by asserting that the case will end on 31 July.

“My Court of Appeal hearing, which is open to the public to attend, will be held on Monday, 31st July 2017 at 10 am.
“I look forward to a final judicial clarification on whether the Government had correctly picked President Wee as the 1st of 5 presidencies to trigger a Reserved Election for 2017.
“This legal case has been a fulfilling journey on many levels.
“It has allowed me, an ordinary citizen, to express a different legal view on this subject. It has generated healthy public discussion – about due process, the importance of racial harmony, and the transparency of Parliamentary action. Most importantly, judging from the comments I’ve received online and in person, I am encouraged that many Singaporeans care deeply about such matters, and want better answers from the Government.
“The case will end on 31 July 2017. But it is good to let our conversation on these national issues continue.”

Court of Appeal hearing on 31st July 2017, 10 am, Supreme Court My Court of Appeal hearing, which is open to the…

Posted by Dr Tan Cheng Bock on Sunday, 23 July 2017

28 COMMENTS

  1. Yup….u tried your level best good Dr. Don’t waste anymore time! Hopefully we can do something for ourselves in 2020 next GE. Thank you for your contribution to our nation.

  2. If Court Of Appeal rejected Dr Tan case, this show Singapore is very corrupted and rigged in every area of political corner.

    Dr Tan….thank you dor your fiery fight against Government

    • Dr TCB is a gentleman on all counts during this whole episode challenging the application on the correctness of the constitution , whereas it is the opposite as far as it concerns the authority……..very sorry state of affair for Singapore !

  3. For all the public comments regardless positive or negative attributed to you Sir, one fact observed and remains , you are your own man ! And , through this discussion , you have set an example to all Singaporean to speak up when one see that wrong has been done and the need to correct it.
    Although the common man may not have the same level of resources of yours to do what you have done , but the lessons learned is immeasurable valuable for the Nation , if not for anything else , even if the judgment rule against you , the knowledge that rule of law must be fair and just and not to be twitted by some individual powerful force in this land of ours !
    I have faith and believe there are many more of the like of Dr.TCB in this land of ours and hopefully they would have that courage and conviction to do good and right for the Nation and her pple!
    Dr.TCB Sir , not all are at lost , keep up the spirit of righteousness, for justice shall preview, thank you and I salute you Sir! Majullah Singapura!❤️❤️!

  4. One Nation, One People, One Singapore.

    That is what we used to be.

    Today, we have been split apart when they decided to force a policy based on race upon us.

    It hurts deep inside as I watch our country divide and fight because of a reckless and poorly thought policy.

    History has been rewritten. A coming election that is filled with unhappiness and disdain. Candidates that are frowned upon. The constant questioning of race.

    Only an open election will solve this national crisis.

    I hope Dr. Tan will win this challenge.

    It is vital for the future of Singaporeans and Singapore.

  5. The recent changed EP policy to reserve for minority Malay race, family saga on abuse of power n now changing statement that Malay is inclusive of Indian Muslim candidate have lead me to conclude that I had voted the wrong Tan n members in the past looking forward for a chance for me to repent n put a right “X” in the ballot slip(s). I hope this court of appeal exercise n practice justice n fairness to the public n not their pay masters ⚖⚖⚖⚖⚖⚖⚖⚖

  6. Thank you Dr. TCB for helping us count correctly that 4 is not 5. If they rule 4 is 5 then the history books on Singapore will have to be revised to state that our first elected President is Mr Wee Kim Wee!!!!!!

  7. Do your part Singaporeans for ourselves the next election. We don’t have much time left for ourselves and your children. Unless u all want to live like a 3rd world soon. U all will regret when u get there.

  8. This is what a President should be, stand up and fight for the rights of Singaporeans. Utmost Respect to you, Mr Tan. If the court turns against you and favours to a particular party, we already knew that the court is run by jesters. We as citizens are not shameful of our country, but those in power surely are shameless and racists in this sham PE.

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