2 non-Malays applied for eligibility certificate for Presidential Election reserved for Malays

They are just trying their luck.

By Chan Cheow Pong | September 4, 2017

Three people have applied for the Malay Community Certificate, on top of their applicationsĀ for the Certificate of Eligibility to contest in the upcoming reserve election.

This was revealed by the Elections Department (ELD) Ā in a press release.

Waiting Game

Entirely predictable, one must say, as most Singaporeans who still care about the Presidential Election should know by now who the three potential candidates are.

If you are still unsure, they are:

They have publicly stated their intentions to contest and had turned up at the ELD to submit their forms.

From now until Nomination Day on Sept 13, Ā all that is left to play for them is a waiting game.

The outcome of the deliberations of the Presidential Election Committee (PEC) will determine whether there will be a contest, or not.

Two non-Malays also applied for eligibility certificate

Interestingly, the press release from ELD also saidĀ that among the five applications it received for the Certificate of Eligibility, two did not apply for the Malay Community Certificate.

It’s kind of bizzare, considering the fact that it should be quite well knownĀ that this is an election reserved for Malay candidates.

But this is what we know:

  • One person applied for the Chinese Community Certificate
  • One person declared that he does not consider himself to be a member of the Chinese community, the Malay community, or the Indian or other minority communities

So who could be the two simply bo-chup fellows? You can choose from among the following list:

  • Tan Cheng Bock, tireless Presidential aspirant who acceptedĀ the Court of Appeal’s decision toĀ dismiss his applicationĀ to challenge the basis of the upcoming Presidential Election “with a heavy heart”
  • Shirwin Eu, private-hire driver who thinks he still stands a chance
  • Ooi Boon Ewe, perennial candidate forĀ election 1
  • Zeng Guoyuan, perennial candidate forĀ election 2, better known as ā€œParrot Manā€,

Here is the press release from ELD in full:

By the close of application for the Certificate of Eligibility and Community Certificate at 5 pm today, the Elections Department received a total of five applications for the Certificate of Eligibility. Of these applicants, three persons applied for the Malay Community Certificate, one person applied for the Chinese Community Certificate, and one person declared that he does not consider himself to be a member of the Chinese community, the Malay community, or the Indian or other minority communities.

As this Presidential Election is reserved for the Malay community, the Community Committee must reject a community declaration if the declarant does not state that he considers himself to be a member of the community to which the election is reserved.


The election is due to take place on Sept 23 if there is a contest.Ā 

Chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers (CPA), J. Y. Pillay, has been appointed as acting president from Sept. 1, until a new head of state is sworn in.

He took over from Tony Tan Keng Yam, who completed his six-year term on Aug. 31, 2017.

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About Chan Cheow Pong

It took Cheow Pong two decades to recover from the trauma of memorising General Paper essays before he was ready to be an English writer. In between affliction and recovery, he thoroughly enjoyed his time writing in Chinese and doing Chinese translations.

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