1. Tan Kin Lian
He comes across as a benign, constantly-blinking, diffident, slow-speaking, almost senile old man, totally out of his depth in international politics. The majority aren’t ready for such a man to be President.
2. Tan Jee Say
He was still fighting a General Election, not a Presidential Election. He came across as a fiery, confrontational man with an axe to grind, making promises he can’t keep and guaranteed to clash swords with the Cabinet. The majority aren’t ready for such a man to be President.
3. Tan Cheng Bock
He sold himself as a moderate, with a willingness to ask the Cabinet the right questions, despite his PAP background. He could have appealed to everyone, including the “pro-opposition” voters. But he got played out by Tan Jee Say.
4. Tony Tan
He only got the diehard PAP-voters. He won because Tan Cheng Bock got played out by Tan Jee Say and Tan Kin Lian.