Dr Tan Cheng Bock to appeal High Court’s decision

Dr Tan Cheng Bock

Dr Tan Cheng Bock has decided to appeal the High Court’s dismissal of his constitutional challenge.

The former Presidential candidate had filed a constitutional challenge to the upcoming reserved Presidential Election in May this year, arguing that the Presidential Election in 2017 (PE2017) should not be a reserved one as President Ong Teng Cheong, not President Wee Kim Wee should be counted as Singapore’s first properly, popularly elected President.

However, his constitutional challenge was dismissed by Justice Quentin Loh last Friday (7 July).

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.

 

 

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30 Responses to “Dr Tan Cheng Bock to appeal High Court’s decision”

  • Amos humiliate L*L and PAP:

    TCB should appeal just to “complete” his challenge. Sadly, he will surely lose the appeal. Why? Singapore courts are biased. They are controlled by PAP. This is certainly the finding of US judge that gave Amos asylum.

    Anyway, Farid Khan Kaim Khan, Chairman of Bourbon Offshore Asia, is running for President. It appears he qualifies. He can surely beat any PAP candidate (including PAP stooge Halimah) in a straight fight. Now PAP will try to “fix” him so he also cannot run.

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  • Kim Jong Loong:

    Salute to you, Sir!

    Dr Tan is one of sg’s rare heroes who never take “no” as answer and would continue to fight on. He’ll definitely make a good president for sg, the next people’s president. As true-blue singaporean, we should all pray (whichever religion we believe in) that he’d be successful in his appeal.

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  • Heads I win, Tails you lose:

    Intimidation and fear rule all our lives. The government has allowed this challenge to go through the courts is merely to show The world that all is fair. The truth is that our legal system is biased. The government will win whichever side the coin drops!

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  • See you at Next Year's NDP!:

    All the best Mr President!

    If it is yours, it is yours, no one can take it away!

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  • BuyMeBakKutTeh:

    Just keep on giving them headache!

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  • Wait Up Call:

    Kick out PAP and change a new Party to form a new Government. Than we can have a new President for our country.

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  • Just a big joke:

    Can someone plse confirm if we would get struck off the electoral register should we fail to vote in the coming EP?
    I think its a waste of our time.
    A total farce!

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  • PAP LOGIC - TAKE NOTE, DR. TAN:

    In preparation for his appeal I think it would be beneficial for Dr Tan Cheng Bok to take note of the point made in the Facebook posting by Ang Yong Guan.

    http://www.tremeritus.com/2017/07/09/paps-logic-wee-kim-wee-was-elected-by-parliament/

    QUOTE:

    “PAP’s logic: Wee Kim Wee was elected by Parliament?
    Protected July 9th, 2017 | Author: Online Press

    Apparently in agreement with the Attorney-General Chamber (AGC), Justice Loh said: “From the perspective of ensuring multi-racial representation in the Presidency in view of the President’s symbolic role, it makes no difference whether the President was elected by the electorate or by Parliament….” (Source: CNA 7 July 2017).
    Did anybody notice that instead of saying “appointed by the Government”, the term “elected by Parliament” is used to distinguish it from “elected by the electorate”? So President Wee Kim Wee was “elected by Parliament” and not merely “appointed by the Government.” So you see that’s their logic.

    * Facebook post by Ang Yong Guan.” UNQUOTE

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  • Kangaroos Cannot Hop Straight:

    [Quote] “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. [Unquote]

    Parliament is not a policy decision-making body. Parliament is a law-making body known as the Legislative Branch of Government. The policy decision-making body is known as the Executive Branch of Government. These two branches are deemed to be separate and each, together with the Judiciary Branch, has their own independent powers to counter-check one another. How is it that questionable or doubtful laws which are being challenged by citizens not within the remit of the courts? This is shirking responsibility, is it not?

    And if the judge can’t even understand such fundamental difference that Parliament is a law-making body instead of a policy decision-making body, how can he be able to make proper and correct judgment?

    Another point of error is that the judge, in his deliberation, has conveniently, arbitrarily but wrongly ‘assumed’ that Parliament is the Highest Decision-Making Body. The Office of the Presidency of Singapore is the Highest Decision-Making Body, not Parliament. Whatever laws passed by Parliament has to be sent to the Office of the Presidency for ascent before they become laws.

    If the judge can’t even know that the Office of the Presidency of Singapore is the Highest Decision-Making Body, and went on to assume that Parliament is the Highest Decision-Making Body, what would the world think of this judge? Will his judgment be just and fair?

    There are other holes in his long pages of statements. The above points are sufficient to cast doubts over his ‘honourable’ judgment!

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  • Sinkies Deserve It:

    You must know who is Zhao Gao, the Qin powerful eunuch. Google and read, there is lesson to be learnt from history. Who dare to go against Singapore’s Zhao Gao? Eat government rice, better make sure rice bowl does not break. Life will be good for three generations.

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  • GURU SAY!:

    Tsk! Dr TCB, admired your courage and effort. Do you think the PM and PAP will give in to you, answer is no, not an inch. The president got to be their own Yes Sir man, otherwise to much of questioning the CPF and State reserves. That’s the biggest worries and nightmare for someone. Look what happened to president OTC. and others who question the balance sheets. Let it go Dr.TCB enjoy your golden years. The 70% deserve to taste the bitterness their ask for.

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  • LIONS:

    THINK ONE REQUIREMENT IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT FOR ‘DIVERSITY’ than just ensuring MALAY PRESIDENT is elected every few terms.

    seriously, I THINK PAP-RELATED EPs should not be allowed to sit as EP every term since EP instituted.

    this will cause PREJUDICE.

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  • Insult2muis:

    Accually, because of the fear of accountability to another “head”(key holder) – who could interfere in the power equation, they decided the presidential seat should be rotated among the race and,hopefully, an “elected somebody” they would be “comfortable” with.
    Turn out, it is an insult to the Muslim or Malays because, I am sure they did profiling in the community before this idea of a race “reserved presidential office” was mooted
    Imagine, if there is an Anwar or Mahathir in our midst, would they dare hang over the other key to someone who is ..
    fearless/fighter?

    Basically, what they want is a puppet or an idiot(apart from the selection criteria was not base on capability or “potential threat” to the power abuser).

    Very insulting to the Malays actually.

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  • PATRIOT of TEMESAK:

    In a Kangaroo Court..the Judges are BEHOLDEN to the EXECUTIVE

    “Do as I Say and NOT do as I do” Unquote: The Executive

    “Not Happy??? You are FIRED” Unquote: The arse of TRUMP in The Executive

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  • Ali Baba:

    We are very grateful to have a such a dedicated man like Dr Tan Cheng Bok to spend so much effort and sacrifice, in fighting for the Presidential position, truthfully and eagerly to serve Singaporeans. Many deemed the other candidates selected and Will be installed by PAP, is there solely to guard PAP interests. Many are aware that Dr. Tan chances of success in the high court is very very slim, but his fighting spirit had already won many true blue Singaporeans. Well done Dr Tan.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Kangaroos Cannot Hop Straight:
    …….

    And if the judge can’t even understand such fundamental difference that Parliament is a law-making body instead of a policy decision-making body, how can he be able to make proper and correct judgment?

    …..

    That proves what a young man has said; “… they are paid NOT to understand it ….”

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  • bgkl:

    The constitution does not fetter parliament’s power! What the shit thinking is this! In other words, Man is above black-and-white. Quentin, you are a monkey judge in a kan***oo court. F U!

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  • O ye men of little faith:

    Only 2 brave men in the whole of our SG.
    One is Mr Ravi & the next Dr TCB.
    Both dare to challenge the PAP. Thumbs Up , true sons of SG.

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  • PAP LOGIC - DR TAN SHUD ASK:

    Further to my comment July 12 at 10.15pm, I would suggest Dr. Tan ask in court for details of the election supposedly to have been conducted in Parliament to ELECT Wee Kim Wee as President. What was the date of the election? Who moved the motion? What was the vote count – how many MPs voted, how many aye votes and how many nay votes? Is there any records of the election in Hansad?

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  • NotMyProblem:

    “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”.

    That means if Parliament says President Wee was the First Elected President then President Wee was the First Elected President. Why the need to change the Constitution?? Parliament could simply say this EP is reserved for Malay, finish!!

    This is called the Art of Taichi!! In its highest form!!

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  • Pres Law is Racial inequality:

    The new president law is fundamental flawed. Here’s why.
    It divides races into 3 communities – Chinese, Malay, and (Indian&others).
    As is common knowledge, Chinese is about 76%, Malays 15%, Indian&others about 9%.
    So, you see, the biggest community is treated the same as the smallest community. We can, e.g., end up with this sequence of Presidents:

    Malay, Malay, Malay, Malay, Malay, Chinese, Indian, Indian, Indian, Indian, Malay, Chinese, Malay, Malay, Malay, Indian, Indian, Chinese, …

    So, I ask you. Is this fair to the biggest community of Chinese?

    It is racial discrimination against Chinese.
    The law is fundamentally flawed!

    Perhaps, the MPs and Ministers were just interested in the next President, and have no interest for the long term?

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  • Dr TCB Should Sue H Kumar!:

    As LTK said “Sue until his pants drop!”

    Singaporeans are fully behind you.

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  • Samuel S:

    Why Dr Tan only appeared pre and post trials but not attending the court hearing?

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  • Realist:

    Will TCB supports Farid Khan Kaim Khan if his appeal fails ?
    If he does then he is the representative for the opposition.

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  • Can kangaroos hop straight?:

    Kangaroos Cannot Hop Straight:

    And if the judge can’t even understand such fundamental difference that Parliament is a law-making body instead of a policy decision-making body, how can he be able to make proper and correct judgment?

    Another point of error is that the judge, in his deliberation, has conveniently, arbitrarily but wrongly ‘assumed’ that Parliament is the Highest Decision-Making Body.

    If the judge can’t even know that the Office of the Presidency of Singapore is the Highest Decision-Making Body, and went on to assume that Parliament is the Highest Decision-Making Body, what would the world think of this judge? Will his judgment be just and fair?

    There are other holes in his long pages of statements. The above points are sufficient to cast doubts over his ‘honourable’ judgment!

    Have we not noticed that all judicial deliberations here were always chosen and argued in favor of the PAP? Where is the rule of law?

    Other than PAP rule of law in SG?

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  • Racists:

    Singaporeans, are you willing to pay billions for a racist Govt with their racist GRC and Racist President. Should racists be charged upon treason? We are one nation and one People and we should expect the Cabinet and Prime Minister and the President to honour, to promote and to defend it instead of against it and devising ways to accentuate racisn, isn’t it?

    Why should we be insulted at the cost of billions to be in the minority and not equal as one people? Why should the President not from one people but from PAP racial group? Are rewards so impt to plps more than the dignity of belong to one people tobthe extent they are going to destroy the Nation spirit. no one people no one notion where cometh the rewards.
    , pap plps?

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  • Dr TCB Will Win Appeal!:

    There is a change of plans. Harimau will not be standing for PE 2017. Based on polls conducted, she will lose big time!

    She is now telling the public she is thinking but she is actually rethinking as too much is at stake for her!

    It will be an Open PE afterall. Lim Tean’s call for Rule of Law to be observed at Hong Lim Park has resulted in Gahment wanting to appease the general public. A COI will expose the abuse of power and cannot happen.

    Guess who is now the Gahment’s endorsed candidate for the Open PE 2017?
    Boon Heng, Georgie Boy or Tharman?

    Lee Hsien Yang may stand too and that would make it so interesting! As Elected President, he will surely convene a COI to deal with abuse of power.

    Poor Harimau will have to take a back seat now!

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  • MarBowling:

    In his appeal which is very important and vital to the future generations of RD, Dr Tan CB should ask the 3 Noose-tied Appeal Judges to give a very CLEAR ANSWER “YES” or “NO” to this Coverment statement by the 2nd Pee-M of SinKapore who was Woody Goh Choke Tong when he CLEARLY STATED THAT MR ONG TENG CHEONG WAS OUR 1st ELECTED PRESIDENT OF SINGAPORE!

    The duty of the 3 STOOGES in this appeal case of Dr Tan CB is very very SIMPLE:
    1. YES, Woody Goh Choke Tong is telling the WHOLE TRUTH nothing but the TRUTH, Mr Ong Teng Cheong is INDEED the 1st ELECTED President of SINGAPORE(by the citizen and NOT by Parliament)! So the counting of 5 should START from Mr Ong Teng Cheong. Therefore Dr Tan CB is eligible to contest in the PE in Jul 2017.
    Or
    2. NO! Woody Goh Choke Tong as the 2nd Pee-M of SinKapore was TELLING LIE at that time. Since WE ALL 3 NOW DECIDED IT IS A LIE, WE WILL PROCEED via AG TO INITIATE BELATED PUNISHMENT ON THIS WOODY BUGGER! In agreement with the Coverment AG, it’s now decided that Mr Wee Kim Wee is the half-passed-six partly apppinted by the Parliament and partly ERECTED by the citizen(via Constitutional Amendment at that time), the counting of the magic No. 5 should count from Mr Wee Kim Wee. AND Pee-M Mai Hum will be officially informed of our HONOURABLE DECISION!

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  • Of Much Public Interest....:

    When and where (Date/time) is the Court of Appeal?

    Open to the Public or Closed Door again?

    Many Singaporeans want to hear the appeal!

    ‘Market karat’ is Dr Tan CB wins appeal, thanks to Lim Tean calling for Rule of Law at HLP on 15 July 17!

    Open PE in 2017, but will they let Dr Tan CB be a candidate?

    Singaporeans seeking a President who will truly account for and safeguard our Nation’s Reserves.

    Someone who will not allow any ‘kaki lang’ to be automatically planted into key gahment appointments.

    Someone who will protect the Image and Reputation of Singapore.

    Someone who will not simply COLLECT PAY, go on ‘Taxpayers’ Sponsored Holidays’ and ACT DUMB when there is a national crisis!

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  • When is Dr TCB's Court Appeal?:

    Can someone advise Singaporeans?

    We want to be there to hear the Appeal!

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