By: B Goode
Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory – Gandhi
By ancestry, I was born to rule – Mandela
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.- Churchill
I quit Jurong Hospital because I didn’t like the name – Dr Tan Cheng Bok
Dr Tan Cheng Bok must have thought that he had stolen the march by announcing his intention to contest the presidential election some sixteen months in advance. Unfortunately his thunder was stolen by the scandal of the year.
His purpose is questionable. Firstly, it is not that he is a rookie to the political scene. So he doesn’t need the time to get bedded in so to speak.
Secondly, unlike the US Presidential election, there are no preliminaries.
So to me, it is nothing more than a political strategy. And it is a clever ploy albeit a flawed one; and that is to pre-empt what’s coming from the Elected Presidency Review (EPR).
The EPR committee have yet to make their recommendations. Meaning, `the rules of the game’ have yet to be determined. So for Dr Tan to throw his hat into the ring prematurely is akin to someone gate-crashing a party without knowing what the dress code is. And what would he do if he was stopped at the velvet rope because he was not properly attired?
I’d suspect Dr Tan would cry foul.
“You’ve changed the dress code to formal simply because you saw me coming in tee-shirt and jeans!”
“Now please change it to casual so I could get in.”
Millennials are said to have an unwarranted sense of self-entitlement. But Dr Tan is 75.
Personally, I’d love to see him contest the Presidential Election and win.
Just to see how he’d try to change the name of Farrer Park to something else. Because you know, I doubt Mr Farrer paid for the park.