PE 2017: Presidential hopeful Ooi Boon Ewe tries to submit forms on Nomination Day

Hannah Teoh
Senior Content Producer
Perennial aspiring presidential candidate Ooi Boon Ewe made a last-minute attempt to submit his forms at the Nomination Centre on Wednesday (13 September).

Aspiring presidential candidate Ooi Boon Ewe made a last-minute attempt to run in this year’s Presidential Election by turning up at the Nomination Centre on Wednesday (13 September).

Ooi, 76, was seen outside the Nomination Centre at King George’s Avenue asking to be allowed to go into the building. He has attempted but failed to run in Singapore’s presidential elections since 1999.

He was heard telling people outside the centre, “I want to go in to be one of the candidates. You want to deny me? Is the PEC (Presidential Elections Committee) going to deny me? I am a presidential hopeful. I want to submit the forms.”

Media reports said the Elections Department had received two applications that were rejected – one from private-hire driver Shirwin Eu, and from Ooi, who said he did not consider himself a member of any of the communities – Chinese, Malay, Indian or other.

Former Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob, the only eligible presidential candidate, has turned at the Nomination Centre to submit her forms.

Two other presidential hopefuls, Second Chance Properties chief executive Salleh Marican and Bourbon Offshore Asia Pacific chairman Farid Khan, were not issued the Certificate of Eligibility by the PEC. They were, however, assessed to be members of the Malay community by the Malay Community Sub-Committee.

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