So it will be Dr Tony Tan (“How could I not step forward?”) vs Tan Cheng Bock vs Tan Kin Lian.
Strange, how all candidates claim to have fiercely independent streaks, when at least two of them were PAP politicians for over 20 years.
PAP’s strategy is clear: Put Tony Tan as the “govt”-endorsed candidate to fight against an independent Tan Kin Lian, with Tan Cheng Bock as the compromise candidate.
Hence the voter’s decision is now simplified: Choose Tony Tan if you are pro-PAP, Tan Kin Lian if you’re anti-PAP, and Tan Cheng Bock if you are neither.
This Presidential election will thus really hinge on how Tan Kin Lian performs.
If he’s elected, PAP will get the message that trying to move one of their own men into the Presidency will no longer be accepted by the people.
If he does what he says, ie to speak up on behalf of the people, the PAP will have an unpleasant decision to make: should they go for a gag order against the President, or tolerate him.