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Ex-presidential hopeful Tan Cheng Bock not part of pioneer generation

Posted on 07 February 2014

That’s why he was uninvited from Istana party.

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Ex-presidential hopeful Tan Cheng Bock was uninvited from this year’s Chinese New Year Garden Party at the Istana because he is not recognised to be part of Singapore’s pioneer generation.

However, some 1,500 other old Singaporeans who belong to the country’s pioneer generation will be recognised at a tribute party on Sunday at the Istana, it has been announced.

And one of the seniors invited is 75-year-old Hooi Kok Wai, who is known to many Singaporeans as the man who developed the popular raw fish salad “yu sheng”.

One Singaporean, Zhuo Zhong Tong, said: “Tan Cheng Bock was only a doctor. That doesn’t compare to being a chef. He should have just invented a new food if he really wanted to be recognised for his role in nation-building.”

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