SINGAPORE: Tan Kin Lian, a former candidate who ran in the 2023 Presidential Election (PE2023), has announced that he will be selling his campaign materials in Bedok this coming Saturday (9 Sept).
In a Facebook post dated Monday (4 Sept), Mr Tan shared his plans, revealing that he and a friend will be stationed between Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre and Bedok MRT station from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
He also mentioned that they will be offering the used posters for S$10 each, and they have brought along 30 of them for sale, operating on a first-come, first-served basis.
“I will not sign on these posters. The proceeds will go to my friend for his contribution to put up and take down the posters. ”
Additionally, Mr Tan expressed his intention to distribute autographed mini posters (A5) and micro posters (A6) to polling and counting agents, while also taking selfies with them to express his gratitude.
In a separate post, Mr Tan also revealed that autographed used posters will be available for S$20 each, with autographed mini and micro posters also priced at S$20.
“Those who served as polling/counting agent can collect the mini and micro posters free, as a souvenir.”
Tharman’s landslide win with 70.40% of Votes in PE 2023
In the early hours of last Saturday (2 Sept), Tan Meng Dui, the Returning Officer for PE 2023 and Chief Executive of the Housing Board, officially revealed the conclusive election results.
These results unequivocally declared Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, a former senior minister of the People’s Action Party as the resounding victor, having secured an impressive 70.40% of the votes cast by Singaporean citizens.
Out of the 2,480,760 votes cast, Mr Tharman garnered a total of 1,746,427 votes, solidifying his position as the new head of state.
Mr Tharman’s fellow contenders, Mr Ng Kok Song, the former GIC investment chief, received 15.72% (390,041 votes), while Mr Tan Kin Lian, the former NTUC Income chief, secured 13.88 % (344,292 votes).
Mr Tan Kin Lian, the two-time Presidential candidate extended heartfelt congratulations to Mr Tharman, expressing confidence in his election as President.
“I wish him all the best in meeting the challenges ahead and I hope he will be able to bring a better life for the people.”
In the 2011 presidential election, Mr Tan Kin Lian obtained 4.91% of the vote, while his fellow contenders, Dr Tan Cheng Bock received 34.85% of the votes, Mr Tan Jee Say secured 25.04%.
Dr Tony Tan clinched the victory with 35.2% of the votes, subsequently becoming Singapore’s seventh president with a narrow margin of 0.35%.