Presently for the public sector, there are two eligible candidates – Yaacob Ibrahim and Abdullah Tarmugi, which is similar to Tan Yuanyan, Hardi Firman and Leon Quek. Yaacob Ibrahim has declared that he is not interested, even though the retirement is looming near. Abdullah Tarmugi and Hardi Firman said he is unlikely to run in this election. But for that case, Masagos Zulkilfi will never bother to think about running for presidency.
Another possible candidate is the Singapore’s non-resident Ambassador to Kuwait and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zainul Abidin Rasheed, who is the Indian-Muslim CEO of Mendaki from 1990 to 1993. He served as the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Senior Minister of State from 2004 to 2011, where he lost his seat in Aljunied GRC, in 2011. In addition, it was being replaced by Kahar Hassan (Kaki Bukit) and Murali Pillai (Eunos) for Aljunied GRC. Ashok Kumar Mirpuri could be a potential candidate but he has no plan to go for the presidency.
Though former Senior Minister of State Zainul Abidin may not meet the requirement of 1.11a for holding the office of 3 years or more, Zainul Abidin has assumed their Member of Parliament and Minister premiership from 1997 to 2011, even though he is in Malay community for Cheng San and Aljunied GRC, both North East CDC partnerships respectively. This is also quite similar to Ahmad Magad. which is in Pasir Ris GRC and Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC.
Additionally, retiring candidates like Khaw Boon Wan, Denise Phua, Lui Tuck Yew and Lily Neo may seem to express their interest of running for the presidential election 2017. Both of them seems not interested, even though the presidential election (Writ of Election) is too near.
Another presidential candidate is Bahren Shaari, although he has no intention to run for the presidential election (which is like Jaca and Almaty in Kazakhstan). Bahren Shaari has been appointed as the Council of Presidential Advisers and he was appointed CEO of Bank of Singapore in February 2015. The Presidential Elections Committee may decide to approve his suggestion and allow him to take part in the presidential election, if he decides to take part.
The strange candidate that can see is Shafie Shamsuddin, who has served as CEO of Carrefour in Singapore and Malaysia. He is currently, the president and CEO of PT Trans Retail (Carrefour Indonesia). Shafie Shamsuddin was named the Outstanding Chief/Senior Executive (Overseas) of the Year at the 2016 Singapore Business Awards. In 2016, Singapore’s Government Investment Corporation (GIC) invested 5.2 trillion rupiah (SGD$387 million) for a 17% stake in PT Trans Retail. It has yet to be ascertained if PT Trans Retail wants to meet the appeal requirement.
A good potential candidate is Halimah Yacob. She is expressing interest of running for the presidential election, even though she is in Bukit Batok East from 2001 to 2015 and Marsiling from 2015 to present time.
Reserved election for Presidential Election
The reserved election has been known to the constant review. The Indian and European (Eurasian) are always been omitted from the 2017 presidential election, neither the way of 2011’s style of SNO Rooms “Tony Tan, and the 3 Tan’s”. So the next presidential election has been categorised into Malays, to be more friendly. So there is only one back-up candidate, Mr Neo Tick Watt should Malays do not emerge into the potential successor.
The Donald Trump policy
The Donald Trump has been known to be the future President, after some votes has been given to him. For that matter, Tony Tan and Tan Cheng Bock had announced they will not be contesting after Donald Trump had won the presidential election 2016.
Because Luqman Hakim had went to other places, Tan Kin Lian will not be contesting.
For Tan Jee Say, it may not be enough to boost the citizenship of Singapore – of having $230 million. A blockage of Facebook meant that he will not be contesting. A new tie-up of having $300 million, was proposed and implemented.
The strictness of the presidential election candidates in 1999 and 2005 has decided to make it walkover.