Tan Cheng Bock's political party launch delayed pending permit approval

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Former presidential candidate Dr Tan Cheng Bock at a Meet The People session on Saturday, 1 June 2019. PHOTO: Tan Cheng Bock Facebook page
Former presidential candidate Dr Tan Cheng Bock at a Meet The People session on Saturday, 1 June 2019. PHOTO: Tan Cheng Bock Facebook page

SINGAPORE — The official launch of former presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock’s new political party has been delayed, pending the police’s approval of the required permits.

In a Facebook post on Monday (3 June), Dr Tan said that the launch date would be delayed till “end June or sometime in July” as the permits related to the event have not been approved yet.

“I have told my organising Team that we should comply with all the permits required for the event, no matter how many there are,” said the 79-year-old.

The Progress Singapore Party, which had been scheduled to launch on 15 June, was formally registered in April. Its symbol, a palm tree signifying “growth, purpose, strength and life”, was unveiled that same month.

Dr Tan announced in January that he had applied to form a new political party along with 11 others, including some ex-People’s Action Party (PAP) cadres.

The former PAP Member of Parliament, who served the Ayer Rajah ward for 26 years, added that his party has been holding regular Meet The People sessions. The third session on Saturday was attended by more than 150, said Dr Tan.

In 2011, Dr Tan ran in the presidential election, losing to Tony Tan by just 7,269 votes.

He attempted to run again in 2017, but was denied the opportunity to do so as that year’s presidential election was reserved for minority candidates.

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