Friday 19 August 2011

The 'reluctant' presidential candidate

In light of the current jostling to become Singapore president, this Wikipedia entry on the 1993 presidential election made me laugh at almost every line with a great kicker at the end:

Former Accountant-General Chua Kim Yeow was a reluctant candidate, and had to be persuaded by the Government to stand, so that the election would be contested, and the electorate could choose between two good candidates.

The 10-day campaign was supposed to be a “gentlemen’s election”, free of flag-waving and noisy rallies.

But Chua took it to the extreme, urging supporters not to campaign for him.

He appeared on TV just twice (once avoiding any mention of himself or his views), and even announced on polling day that Ong Teng Cheong was the better candidate.

Even so, Chua did surprisingly well, garnering 41.3 per cent of the vote.

UPDATE: Mr Chua died on Aug 21, 2016