18 August 2005
And so it has come to pass: the presidential contest ended even before it began.
When Andrew Kuan first announced that he would seek the presidency, many people hoped that he'd be allowed to, and that for once there would be a genuine contest.
However, by the time the CEO of Jurong Town Corporation, Kuan's employer from 2001-2004, trotted out to make negative comments about Kuan's ability and his job history, most knew how it would end.
A day later, on 13 August 2005, the Presidential Elections Commission (PEC) did the dirty work. It announced that no one other than the incumbent, S R Nathan, was qualified to run for President. Andrew Kuan, the most likely other candidate to qualify, was ruled ineligible.
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There are no winners in this affair. Not even S R Nathan who has been returned unopposed.
I heard him speak on TV news tonight (17 Aug 2005). He said, "I want to thank all Singaporeans who came forward to support me." What a poor choice of words, for it reminded everyone how his support has never been tested. If there was any 'support' evident, it was only that engineered by the so-called labour movement that the PAP government captured and neutered long ago.
It was quite pathetic, and I thought to myself, the best thing he can do to redeem his personal honour is to resign.
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