Long regarded as Singapore's "people President", Dr Tan Cheng Bock promised to make a difference if the chance comes his way. He said: "Singapore's interest MUST ALWAYS come first - ahead of self and even their own party's interest".
Dr Tan recently attended an event which explored the possibilities of an opposition coalition in Singapore. The event involved members from 7 opposition parties: Singapore Democratic Party, People's Power Party, Democratic Progressive Party, Reform Party, National Solidarity Party, SingFirst, and an unregistered People's Voice Party.
Although some may think of them as 3rd or 4th rate politicians, Dr Tan did not discriminate against them as he believed they have a common goal of serving Singaporeans' interest. He was also not bothered that his reputation would be "tarnished" by them.
"I’m curious what yardstick the commentator has used to measure these men. I know men like Paul Tambyah is a 1st rate human being and doctor who cares for the country. I find it hard to label him otherwise. I believe that the men and women I met yesterday, were more than willing to make way for better men and women who would stand in their place. They have guts. They have put themselves out there. That is sufficient for the moment.
Right now, the 7 parties have asked for my help. They are not the only ones who have spoken to me. I think I must help but in what capacity, I have not decided.
I am now 78 years old. I may only have a short time to mentor a team to work for the good of the nation. This is a small window of opportunity, a moment for ubah (change in Malay). I want to put my last years to good use. I want to pass all that I have acquired and learned in the political arena to the next generation.
I would regret it if I had the chance to make a difference, but did nothing".
Do you believe in Dr Tan? Are you looking forward to a new and improved Singapore?